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Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

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St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
Ysgol Gatholig Joseff Sant.

We grow together in God’s love as we pray, learn and play

Dyn ni’n tyfu gyda ‘n gilyddd mewn cariad Duw wrth i ni weddio, dysgu a chwarae

Year 1

WB 24.2.20


Welcome back everyone! We started our learning this half term by solving a very tricky puzzle. We had 9 rulers and we had to use our collaborative skills to use the rulers to make 5 trianges - it was much more challenging than it sounds! Then we added an extra ruler to see how many triangles we could make. We used our questioning skills to ask questions like:

What happens if the triangles are different sizes?

Where could I move this ruler to?

What's the biggest number of triangles I can make?


Wb 27.1.20 Measuring and learning outdoors


This week we have been developing our measuring skills in length, capacity and weight. We have learnt how to read a scale on a jug or bottle, how to use a metre ruler and how to use balance scales to find out how heavy things are. 


We took our learning outdoors again this week by competing a tricky word treasure hunt. Tricky words were hidden around the forest school and we had to memorise where they were. We then had to find the right one to use in a sentence. We remembered to space the cards out for our finger spaces. We also remembered that we need a full stop at the end of a sentence so we decided to use a small stone.

Wb 20.1.20 A strange new addition! 


We we had the surprise of our lives this week as Mrs Lee showed us a strange egg that she had found on the way to school! We passed it around carefully to feel it and we think we heard a tapping inside! We decided to email Mrs Lee's friend at Cardiff Museum to ask for his help. He gave us lots of jobs to do to find out if it was a dragon egg! We decided to set up a dragon investigation lab in our role play to help us find out the answers to the museum's questions. 

W.b 13.1.20 Place value challenge


We gave really enjoyed working on our place value this week using numicon and base ten resources. We can make any two digit number and tell you the value of each digit! 

Happy Puzzle

We had a great workshop where we worked together to solve different puzzles and problems. We had great fun and learnt a lot about problem solving and teamwork!

Welcome to Year 1!


We are so excited to show you our fantastic learning this term - photos of our work and activities coming soon!

Special people - we 6.1.20


Welcome back to Spring term! We kicked off our new RE topic 'Special People' by role playing some special people in our community - doctors, dentists, paramedics and policemen. We had lots of fun thinking about the qualities these people need in their jobs. 

Santa's Workshop! WB 17.12.19


We have been so busy this week creating cards, decorations and Christmas art!

We had an excellent visit to Tredegar House, learning about the jobs they did in a Victorian House and then a visit to Santa!

Wb: 02.12.19

Thank you to everyone who came along to watch our production! And a big thank you to everyone who helped make it a success! We all enjoyed performing and developing our performance skills!

25.11.19 - What a busy week!


What a busy week we have had in Year 1. We looked at the Hindu festival of Diwali as the children wanted to learn more about celebrations in other countries. We painted Rangoli patterns and used our reasoning skills to make a Rangoli pattern out of triangles. We have been reading lots of Welsh stories and acting them out - you can see us here being the shapes from Dewi Dinosaur's Siapau. We used our reasoning skills here too as we had to work out how to make the shapes with our bodies and our partner. Lastly, you can see us enjoying completing a reasoning task using the peg boards. We had to work out how we could make the first letter from our names using the least number of pegs. 

18.11.19 - Addition and subtraction morning


Year 1 had lots of fun this morning completing a range of activities to develop their adding and take away skills. Mrs Lee was very impressed with their understanding!

14.11.19 Firework fun


Have a read of our amazing firework sound poems - we had lots of fun watching a firework display on the board with the lights off to get some ideas.  We then used forks to paint our firework displays at the top!

8.11.19 Friendship Friday


Today we celebrated kindness, friendship and being loving. We wrote a sentence about something that on of our classmate's had done for us that was kind and made it into a friendship chain. Each time we spot an act of kindness, we will add a link onto the chain and watch it grow! 


We made a card for someone in our class to make them feel happy. We drew a picture of the both of us on the front and inside we wrote them a kind message. 

W.b 4.11.19 - Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night


We have been learning all about Bonfire Night this week as part of our new topic of Let's Celebrate! We heard about Guy Fawkes' plan and decided to make posters to describe him to the soldiers. 

17.10.19 - Investigating Goldilocks' Porridge


We decided that we wanted to find out just how hot each bear's porridge from the story was so we came up with an investigation to find out. We first made a prediction about whose porridge we thought would be hottest, then we made porridge following Mrs Partridge's instructions. We had to measure the ingredients carefully! Then we used a digital thermometer to measure the temperature of each bowl. We were so surprised to find out that Baby Bear's bowl was the hottest!

The Story of Ganesh - 8.10.19


As part of our Hinduism project, we learnt about the story of Ganesh. Once we listened to the story, we coloured his picture in bright colours because we noticed all his paintings were very bright. We used our collage materials to represent his colourful paintings. 

Our finished quilt - 3.10.19


We are so proud of our finished patch work quilt for Goldilocks and the Bears. 

Making a quilt for Goldilocks - 2.10.19


We didn't want Goldilocks to be chilly if she decided to visit again so we decided we would make her a patchwork quilt using our maths skills. We talked about what patterns she might like and which materials we could use - paint, tissue paper, felt, crayons and printing blocks. We had lots of fun making our squares and we will put them all  together to make a big blanket!

27.9.19 - Measuring Daddy Bear's, Mummy Bear's and Baby Bear's chairs


We applied our numeracy across the curriculum by measuring Daddy, Mummy and Baby Bear's chairs using the non-standard measurement of unifix cubes. We talked about how many we thought we would need (using our estimating skills), how to measure something properly and counted our unifix cubes carefully. We were impressed to find that Daddy Bear's chair was 55 cubes tall and Baby Bear's was only 3 cubes!

23.9.19 Our visit from Cardiff police.


On Monday we were very lucky to have a visit from PC Rhys and his colleague. They taught us about safe and unsafe places to play with a matching game and a story and then they even let us try on their police gear! They also gave us four new police hats to help our investigations into Goldilocks! Diolch yn fawr heddlu!

Ready to learn our tricky words and practice our writing skills.



We are all ready to practice reading and writing our tricky words using 'Paint' on the ipads - this support our digital skills too! On the learning table we will be writing our thoughts on the recent suspicious events in our classroom using key words from the Goldilocks story. 

Finding out bear facts 19.9.19

We decided that the mystery person might just be Goldilocks herself, so we thought we better brush up on our bear facts. We listened carefully to an information video about bears to make a circle map with key facts. We then used our maps to help us write an information text about bears. We hope if we bump into Goldilocks again we can impress her with our bear knowledge!

The mystery continues...19.9.19

Today we saw some CCTV footage that the classroom camera had caught. We watched it carefully to gather some adjectives about the person to make a wanted poster. Have you seen this person??

Who's been sneaking into our classroom? 17.9.19

Year 1 have had a mysterious visitor to their classroom! The person broke three chairs, left three bowls and a trail of porridge crumbs! Luckily, the children have been on hand investigating the clues left behind and filling in police reports.