Year 1 Rowan

Hello and welcome to Rowan class webpage.

In this class you will find Mrs Patel-Martin, Mrs Parsons and Mrs Murphy - (Friday)


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Please don't forget to join us daily in Rowan classroom. We post a different activity that can be completed daily. Please remember to look under 'School Closures'  for weekly planning and useful links. Please remember that planning can be differentiated for your child. This can be done by making a task simpler or more challenging. 


If you have any questions about the work that has been set please feel free to email the team on:


We will aim to respond to you the same day (during the school day)


Hello Rowan Class, I miss seeing you all but, I hope you are all well and being safe.

Mrs Patel-Martin 

#StoryTime4HomeTime with James Mayhew No.1 - The Half Chicken

We hope you enjoy this story from James Mayhew, who will be sharing various stories over the next few weeks in his unique, artistic way. The first Story Time for Home Time features the Spanish folk tale, The Half Chicken....

A silly joke to keep you smiling....

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

No eye-deer!

Week beginning: 9.3.20

The children have worked really hard to finish their material non fiction books and are very proud of them. 

This week and next week our English will focus on poetry. This week we will be reciting and then performing some short poetry. We will also continue to practise our year 1 play which is fast approaching! You can help your child at home by looking at a variety of poems and discussing them. Do they like them or not? Do they rhyme or not? What poem would they make in response to what they have just read? 


The children grasped the concept of multiplication so well last week. We are now going to be moving on to looking at division. We will explain to the children how it is another way of sharing. By the end of the week they will also be able to explain what odd and even mean. You can help your child at home by having a go at sharing objects by different amounts. What patterns do they notice? 


Children coped so well with the range of different alternative pronunciations last week. This is what we will be focusing on: 

Alternative pronunciations : a, y, ch, ou

Tricky words for reading: many, laughed, because, different, any, eyes, friends, once, please


Don't forget to go to: 

to play games linked to the sounds we are learning. 

FOREST SCHOOL: Making Gruffalo traps

Science challenge:

Use the materials to make a strong house with walls and a roof for a little pig. It needs to be strong so the wolf can not blow it down!


1. You must use 1 piece of paper in your model.

2. Your pig must stand up.



Week beginning: 2.3.20

What are we learning: 

The children had a wonderful week learning all about how to keep themselves healthy. 


Our writing and Science are going to link this week and the children are going to be making non fiction book all about materials. They are going to be using the materials they collected from homework so please ensure they are brought in on Tuesday. We are going to be recapping what key features non fiction books have and making our very own contents, front page and blurb.


On Thursday we will be celebrating world book day by sharing the children's favourite books throughout the day. Please ensure your child's book has their name in it.  


In Maths this week we will be learning how to use pictorial representations to solve one step problems involving multiplication. We will teaching the children the link between addition and multiplication and using this to solve problems such as how many eyes do the 3 children at the front have.  What practical problems can you find at home which will allow your child to practise their multiplication? For example: how can you work out how many pairs of shoes you have as a family without counting them all up?  


Children coped so well with the range of different alternative pronunciations last week. This is what we will be focusing on: 

Alternative pronunciations : ow,ie,ea,er

Tricky words for reading: water, there,who,again,thought,through,work,mouse

Being creative.....

Painting the leaves.....

Week beginning 24.2.20:

Welcome back. We hope you have all had a wonderful half term.

We are starting this week as we mean to go on with Feeling good week! It is so important that children build up the life long skills of how to take care of their mind and body. This week is all about teaching the children strategies that they can use to help achieve this. 


Each day we will have a different theme and complete activities around this: 

Monday: Creative me (special drawings for display)

Tuesday: Mindful me (pancake related activities)

Wednesday: Healthy me (thinking of things we do to stay healthy)

Thursday: Active me (Sports for champions visit)

Friday: Together we are Strathmore (FGW cafe)

This is what we will be focusing on: 

Alternative pronunciations : i, o, c, g, u

Tricky words for spelling: little, one, do, when, what, out

Also don't forget our special E-safety assembly on Wednesday 26th at 2pm. The children will be sharing with you what they have learned about E-safety.

This will be followed by a very interesting professional presentation.

It will also be repeated at 7pm that evening.


Don't forget to go to: 

to play games linked to the sounds we are learning. 

Week beginning 10.2.20:

This week our literacy will focus around the story 'Hansel and Gretal' which you can watch below. We will really be stepping inside the book to imagine how it feels, tastes and looks to be in the woods with the witch and her cottage. All our activities will link to promoting language so we can use this in our writing. 


In Maths we will be moving on to 2D and 3D shapes. We will be learning how important shapes are to our everyday life and learning about the artist Klee who used shapes to draw pictures. These are some of the questions that we will be asking the children through the week, you may like to also run through them with your children at home: 

-What makes a shape 2D or 3D?

-Can you name each 2D/3D shape?

-Do cubes all look the same? 

-Does the shape change when we turn it around? 

-Can you think of/spot in your house everyday objects which are cones/cubes etc? 


Feel free to also watch the 3D shape video below. 


I am so impressed with the children in phonics, mostly for the way that they are applying their phonics to their everyday experiences. This week we will recap:

Split digraphs: a_e, e_e, i_e, o_e, u_e

Tricky words for spelling: some, come, were, there. 


Don't forget to go to: 

to play games linked to the sounds we are learning. 

3D Shapes I Know (solid shapes song- including sphere, cylinder, cube, cone, and pyramid)

Hansel and Gretel | Fairy Tales and Bedtime Stories for Kids | Adventure Story

Week beginning 3.2.20: 

The children have had a fabulous time learning all about the gingerbread men. After the shock of discovering they had gone missing thank goodness they came back so we could eat them! 


This week our literacy will focus around the story 'Little Red riding hood' which you can watch below. We will retelling the story and writing a shopping list using commas. We will continue to work on remembering full stops and capital letters. 


In Maths we will be really embedding all that we have learnt about addition and subraction. The children are doing so well understanding how to use the different equipment that is available. Can they explain how to use a numberline, hundred square and beadstring to work out either a subtraction or addition sum? 


This is what we are going to focus on in phonics this week: 

Split digraphs: wh, ph, ew, oe, au, ey

Tricky words: said, so, have, like

Forest School: We had fun with Hazel and Maple class.

We made our clay leaf looking carefully at our designs.

We are pleased to introduce our Strathmore Maths Ambassadors. In Rowan, Maple and Hazel we have Isabelle, Ayesha, Elissia, Zahra and Florence. In Oak and Willow we have Chloe, Alice, Grace, Beth and Rosie. The Ambassadors have been learning two games that they can play with other children, Strike it Out and Incey Wincey which you can find on the NRICH maths website. We will be playing these on the playground and in the school. The Maths Ambassadors all agree that Maths at Strathmore is GREAT FUN!

We made Gingerbread men!

Week Beginning 27.1. 20

This week our literacy will focus around the story 'The Gingerbread Man' you can watch it with your child below. Can they use key language to tell you what happens in the story? We are going to make our own Gingerbread people in school and we are going to keep our fingers crossed that they don't run away!! We are also going to have a go at thinking of our very own ending to the story. How could we change it so the Gingerbread man doesn't get eaten? What ideas can your child come up with at home? 


In Maths we will continue to look at subtraction and explore different resources that can help us to work out the answer. Our big challenge in maths at the moment is not worrying about getting something wrong. We have been doing lots of talking this week about how a challenge helps us to learn and how mistakes help us to learn.  


We have now reached the end of phase 5a so we are going to be recapping: 

Split digraphs: oi, ir, ue, aw

Tricky words: Mr, Mrs, Looked, called, asked

The Gingerbread Man Full Story | Fairy Tales

Week beginning 20.1.20:

This week our literacy will focus around Chinese New Year ready to share our learning in achievement assembly on Friday. As well as writing instructions to explain how to make noodles, we will also be re telling the Chinese New year story after we have had chance to act it out. At the moment we are really working hard to keep our writing small and neat.  


In Maths we will start to explore addition and subtraction and think about some real life purposes for when we may need these skills. We will recap number bonds to 10 and make sure we know these by heart and then we will learn that addition can be done in any order but subtraction can't. We will explore what happens when we subtract in the wrong order! 


We have now reached the end of phase 5a so we are going to be recapping: 

Split digraphs: ay, ie, ou, ea

Tricky words: oh, people, their 


Forest school: We made journey sticks for Goldilocks and finished the session with a cup of hot porridge and honey.

After play we found a crime scene.......can you guess the identity of the perpetrator?

Week beginning 13.1.20:

This week we have a crime to investigate! Another school has informed us that Goldilocks has been into their school and ate their porridge! We need to describe what Goldilocks looks like and what her personality is like so she can be caught! But as always there are 2 sides to every story and Goldilocks has written to us to tell us why she was not to blame for breaking into the 3 bears house! The pupils will have to explain what they think and justify it clearly before writing down their views to the 3 bears. 


In Maths we will continue to find one more/less from a number to 100. The children are using 100 squares very well to help them achieve this. Playing snakes and ladders is an excellent way to improve your child's knowledge of the 100 square. 


Split digraphs: i_e, o_e, a_e, u_e,e_e

Tricky words: come, were,there

Week beginning 7.1.20 : 

Welcome back, this term our topic will be traditional tales. We will be starting off with the story 'The Three Little pigs'. We will be retelling the story but also thinking about it from the wolf's point of view! Was he really being cheeky or did he actually have a reason for what he did!? We will be reading the story 'The true story of the 3 little pigs' to help make up our mind. Please watch the video's below to have sneaky peek at the stories!

The Three Little Pigs - Animated Fairy Tales for Children

Have a look at our 'Animated Fairy Tale' playlist Watch amazing Animated Fairy Tales including The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, The Gingerbread Man and many more.

The TRUE story of the 3 little pigs by A.Wolf as told to Jon Scieszka. Grandma Annii's Story Time

The wolf is trying to set the story straight of how he came to be 'big and bad'. It's the story of the 3 little pigs from the perspective of Alexander T. Wolf. He plans a cake for his grandmother's birthday. He checks in his cabinet for sugar, but finds nothing.

All the staff in Rowan Class would like to thank all the children and parents for their generous and amazing gifts and cards. We wish you all a peaceful, Merry Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year.

Christmas lunch was exciting!

Forest School: Father Christmas sent us on a hunt for a few things that he needed before Christmas eve, we hope we have helped! He needed a sack because he had lost the one he always uses, this is what we found....

He needed a bowl for the reindeers to drink out of....

Something pretty for Mrs Christmas...

A musical instrument to play 'Jingle Bells' on.....

Something to wrap up the last few presents, as he had run out of wrapping paper!

We really enjoyed watching 'Robin Hood'

Week beginning 9.12.19: 

The children thoroughly enjoyed their visit from Dave the owl man and he was so impressed with their behaviour and attitude he actually commented on it on his social media page: 



Very well done to all of year one for representing the school so well. 


This week our timetable will change slightly in order to fit in with all of our xmas events. We will be making our Christmas cards and calendars during the week as well as learning more about the first Christmas. 


In Maths we will be learning all about money. The children will at first learn to recognise each coin and the amount that it represents. They will then move on to finding different totals when adding money together. What coins can you find around the house? What number problems can you think of using these coins? For example "I went to the shop with my 5p but the apple I wanted was 7p how much more do I need?"



 We will be learning the new graphemes: oy, ir, ue, aw

Tricky words: Mr, Mrs, looked, called, asked


Look! A book!

The book box is looking lovely and full up in the moment :-) 

We would love to make it even more festive! Do you have any books about Christmas that you could donate?


We have been very busy and creative making and painting owls.

Week beginning 2.12.19: 

This has been a very quick but productive week! The children have really enjoyed learning about the 'Owl babies' story and learnt some fantastic new vocab such as: swooped, silent, pitch-black, twilight, dusk. Can your child remember what each word means?  


This week our Literacy will continue to focus on our upcoming owl visit! The children will be learning some key facts about owls so that they can make a non-fiction book and answer all the questions that Dave (the owl man) asks them!  


In Maths we will be learning about weight and time. The children will be weighing different objects and comparing the weights. For time, the children will learn to tell the time to the hour and half past the hour and draw the hands on a clock face to show these times.The homework set this week will help you to explain this to your child. 


In phonics we are going to be moving on to Phase 5: We will be learning the new graphemes: ay, ou, ie, ea Tricky words for reading: oh, their, people.

We also made leaf monsters and had fun with the leaves.

Forest school. We made nests and owls.

Week beginning 25.11.19: 

The children have really enjoyed researching nocturnal animals this week. In particular the vocabulary that they were able to use to describe their appearance and actions. The poems they produced were very good. 


This week our Literacy will focus on our upcoming owl visit! The visit will allow the children to consolidate their learning this term but also give them a real life demonstration of how owls fly! We will be reading the story of the owl babies (please watch the video below) and acting out the story. 


In Maths we will be learning all about capacity and measuring. We will have a go at measuring using a ruler, tape measure and meter stick. We will also work out which type of measuring stick is most suitable to use. 


In phonics we are going to be learning to read and spell High Frequency Words: said, so, do, have, like, some, come, were, there, little, one, when, out, what.

Please note: there will be no school on Friday 29th November as it's an Inset day.


Have you got any books for our 'Look a book' box?

Please also feel free to take a book from the box and return it as and when you like. If you have any questions about this please speak to a member of staff. 

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

This is a lovely picture book based on Jill Tomlinson's classic best-selling story, illustrated beautifully by Paul Howard. A perfect little story for Autumn, with references to the dark, fireworks, bonfires! A good story about overcoming a fear of the dark by looking for all the positive aspects of nighttime!

Owl Babies, a story read for children

Owl Babies, a wonderful children's story about a family of owls who live in the woods.

Week beginning 18.11.19: 

The children did an absolutely fabulous job learning our poppy poems by heart and were so confident when they showcased it to the rest of year one! I hope they have come home and shared it with you too. 


This week our Literacy will continue to link to poetry but we will start to learn some more information about nocturnal animals. Instead of learning poems by heart we will have a go at writing our very own nocturnal animal poem using a familiar pattern. We will also continue to work on letter formation and ensuring we are using capital letters and full stops correctly.  


In Maths we will be learning all about position and movement. This will include using words such as: left, right, whole turn, quarter turn, half turn accurately. The homework given out on Friday should help give you some ideas on how you can help with this. 


In phonics we are going to be learning to read two syllable words with adjacent consonants, such as: lunchbox, helpdesk, windmill, treetop, starlight, desktop, sandwich, sandpit.

We will also be learning to read and spell the tricky words: were, there, little one

Children In Need

Forest School: We went on a scavenger hunt and used what we collected to build a winter home for bear.

We had a special visitor....

Week beginning 11.11.19: 

The children really impressed us this week with how much information they were able to learn about Guy Fawkes! By the end of the week every child was able to explain why we have fireworks on the 5th November. I hope they were able to tell you some of the key facts that they had learnt. 


Thank you for helping the children settle into their new morning routine. It is a lovely calm way to start the day and the children are responding very well to this time so we will continue for the rest of the term in this manner. 


This week our Literacy will be linked to Remembrance Day and poetry. The children will be learning why we celebrate this very important day and then learning to recite 3 poems off by heart. By the end of the week they will be able to perform to the whole of year one! 


In Maths we will be learning about fractions. We will learn what half and quarter means and how to apply this to practical situations, for example how to find half of a square. What can you find around the house that you can halve or quarter?  


In phonics we are going to continue learning to read and spell CVCC words and putting them into a sentence. Some of the words we will be learning are: spot, step, stop, skip, trip, plan, from, frog, twin, swim. We will also be learning to read and spell the tricky words: have, like, some, come



Have you got any books for our 'Look a book' box?

Please also feel free to take a book from the box and return it as and when you like. If you have any questions about this please speak to a member of staff. 

Week Beginning 4.11.19: 

Welcome back! We hope you have all had a relaxing half term. This term we will are moving away from Transport and beginning to learn about celebrations and festivals. We will hopefully be visiting some religious buildings during the term and we also have an exciting visit booked to come into school but we will tell you more about this nearer the time! 


There are also going to be changes to our morning routine. To encourage the children to come into school in a calm and ready to learn mind set once they have finished all their jobs they will go to their table and read their reading book quietly until they are all called to the carpet for register. You are more than welcome to sit with them and listen to them read and we will also be taking the opportunity to hear readers. 


This week our Literacy will be linked to Bonfire night. We will learn why we celebrate this occasion and act out the story of Guy Fawkes. By the end of the week we will be making our own guy ready for Strathmore's Firework's event on Saturday. 


In Maths we will be learning about division. We will learn what it means to share items and then investigate if all numbers can be shared fairly. Towards the end of the week we will be exploring the relationship between division and multiplication.


In phonics we are very excited to be starting phase 4! This weeks learning will focus on reading and writing CVCC words. For example: damp, tent, went etc. Children can find it very hard to hear the 3rd sound in a CVCC word so feel free to look at the phase 4 games when you click on the following link:  


Have you got any books for our 'Look a book' box?

Please also feel free to take a book from the box and return it as and when you like. If you have any questions about this please speak to a member of staff. 

Week beginning 14.10.19

This week our Literacy will be linked to our trip on Tuesday. We will be writing letters to say thank you and posting them to the museum. They might even put them on display if they are really good! Our big focus at the moment is starting sentences with capital letters and ending a sentence with a full stop. Can you write some sentences which don't include any and see if your child can spot what is missing? 


Our main focus of the trip is transport (see photo's above of some of the things that we will see) and the children will have a chance to see some of the types of transport that we have been learning about. We will also have plenty of time to explore the rest of the museum and complete some forest school activities. We will also be making a film on the the I-pads to tell others what we have enjoyed. 


In Maths we will be moving on to shape. The focus this week will be on 2D shapes. Watch  the video below and see if you can name all the shapes (even the tricky ones!). We will be starting the week with a shape hunt looking for shapes around the school. What shapes can you find at home? What language can you use to describe it? Have a go at using the vocabulary sides and corners. 


In phonics this week we will focus on the following: 

Vowel digraphs: Revise all graphemes learned so far and read and write cvcc words such as 'tent'

Read tricky words: said, so

Here is a link to phonics play:  

Shapes Song 2

Words children should know how to spell by the end of Year One

Week beginning: 7.10.19

The children have been working so hard making their scarecrows and they will be ready to be shown in our Harvest Assembly next week! 

In Literacy this week we will be sticking to our Transport theme, this week focussing on methods of air travel. We will be looking at helicopters, hot air balloons and airplanes. We will be linking this to History by learning about the Wright brothers, carrying out tasks such as writing questions to the brothers and labelling diagrams of different transports.


In Maths we will be continue to be using what we have learnt about addition and subtraction to solve real life problems. We will also be looking at the number bonds to 20. 


In phonics this week we will focus on the following: 

Digraphs: er and revise everything learned so far

Read tricky words: was, my, you, they, her, all

Zones of regulation

Week Beginning 30.9.19: 

We had a fabulous turn out to our parent workshop and some very positive feedback. Following on from the power point you can find the web pages that we were talking about below and the list of the words the children should be able to spell by the end of year one. 

This week our focus is on Harvest. The children will learn why Harvest is celebrated and the importance of this. They will also be reading the story 'The Scarecrows' Wedding' (which you can watch below) and having a go at writing their very own list for the wooden scarecrow they are going to make! 


In Maths we will be using what we have learnt about addition and subtraction to solve real life problems. Have a go at some of these at home and see how you get on. For example if 2 more people came for 2 how many more knives and forks would you need? How do you know? There are so many different number problems around the house that you can use to practise. 


In phonics this week we will focus on the following: 

Digraphs: ear, air, ure

Read tricky words: was, my, they



The Scarecrows' Wedding

Our first Forest School session was fun! We started by playing 1, 2, 3 where are you? Then collected natural materials to create a 'Leaf Man'. We also had fun rolling down a hill, some of us went really fast. We finished by lying on the ground and looking up at the clouds....some of us saw a cloud dragon!

Cloud gazing..... can you see a dragon?

Rolling down a hill...

We have been busy designing a bike for the future..

We made delicious soup with Mrs Hudson.....most of us liked it!

The children absolutely loved our work on 'Oi Get Off Train'. They were really interested in why the animals were in danger and what they could do to help, which is fantastic to see. 

This week we will be moving on to learning all about bikes. We will literally be going through the years looking at the very first bike to what we think the bike of the future will look like! The children's homework will help them with this last task so please ensure it is returned as early as possible. Also feel free to watch the short video below and discuss the names of each bike and what changes over the years.

The children's books will be available for you to look through at the parent workshop that will take place on Thursday. Please make every effort to attend this as we will be discussing everything that your child needs to know this term and hopefully picking up some very good tips on how to help them at home. 

In Maths this week we will be learning about addition and how it is exactly the same as finding one more but just changing the number. We will be teaching the children to count on from the first number and how to find number bonds to 10/20.


In phonics this week we will focus on the following: 

Vowel digraphs: ur, ow, oi

Read tricky words: you


The Evolution Of The Bicycle

The bicycle is one of those things that's just as enjoyable to use as it is pragmatic, which is why it's endured the test of time so well. Of course, it's also managed to stay around because it's being constantly adapted and tweaked to make it for fit for purpose.

The Evolution Of The Bicycle

We use the zones of regulation to help manage our emotions. We are free to move our name to each of the colours when we are feeling excited, sad, tired, or cross. We understand it is normal to feel all these different emotions. By acknowledging them we can then find strategies to help us, which in turn will ensure we can move ourselves back to green. When we are on green we are ready to learn. 

We have had fun using the Beebots.

Week beginning: 16.9.19

This week we will be reading the story 'Oi get off our train' and you can watch the video of this story below. The children will act out the story as a class and discuss the important messages that the book is trying to communicate with us. They will be writing about a new animal that wishes to join the train and give reasons why. They will also be writing some instructions for the animals to follow using 'bossy' words. Our main focus will be on full stops, capital letter and finger spaces between their words.


In Maths we will be learning about ordinal numbers, matching number words to digits, how to count in 2's, 5's and 10's and also learning what odd and even mean. Why don't you play a game on the way to school where you work out if the door number is odd or even?  


In phonics this week we will focus on the following: 

Recapping: Consonant digraphs: sh, ch, th, ng Vowel digraphs: ai, ee, igh, oa

Introducing: Vowel digraphs: oo, ar, or 

Spell tricky words: no, go, to, the

Read tricky words: he, she, we, me, be, was, my



Old and New Transport: Look at a range of transport form different eras and think about how they may work.

Oi Get off our train

Rowan have been busy on the computers and they would like to say...."Hello"

We have been making 'teen' numbers by adding more to 10.

This week we will be learning....

We will be thinking about what we like and dislike, as well as beginning to learn about different senses.

If children could try to bring in their memory jars by Friday the 13th so that we can start them on the following Monday that would be brilliant please!

Please note that the Reading Challenge award assembly will be the 20th September.

This term is also the KS1 Carol Concert and a Parent Workshop- details will be on the weekly newsletters.

What a busy first week Rowan class have had.....

The children have been very busy settling in and are doing brilliantly! Although a slightly shorter week, we have been counting and ordering numbers to 20, and thinking hard about what our super- strengths are. We have been busy making lovely superhero cuffs, and creating self portraits.

Drawing and painting self-portraits...

Making Superhero cuffs...

Counting amounts to 20 and beyond..

Nursery tours for prospective parents for September 2022 admissions now open!