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Year One have worked very hard today exploring compound words in literacy. Ask your child at home to explain what a compound word is and if they can remember any to share with you😊

Using practical resources to solve addition calculations🔢👏🏽

Year One have enjoyed using atlases to locate and label Liverpool, The United Kingdom and Yakutsk, Russia🌎 We have used geographical vocabulary to discuss and describe the effect of The Equator and weather patterns❄️🌧 We are so excited to learn more about Yakutsk!😊

Year One have enjoyed playing with and sharing their toys to celebrate The Epiphany

Year One have worked hard designing crowns for our Epiphany celebration assembly⭐️👑👑👑

Drop and leave the literacy lesson to get your class out at the first sign of snow fall🌨❄️ Year One were so excited to get out and enjoy! We have made predications and a class poll on whether we think the snow will stick or not - fingers crossed🤞🏼

Happy New Year🎉🎉 Welcome back!👏🏽 Year One have enjoyed catching up and sharing their exciting news from the Christmas holidays with their friends🥰😊

Our Key Stage One (Year One and Year Two) team would like to wish all our OLA community a very safe and happy Christmas and best of luck for 2022✨🎅🏽 Thank you for all your kindness and generosity this Autumn term, is very overwhelming👏🏽🎉 Enjoy🥰

What a fun and exciting day🙈🥰 Year One have had the best party day - we have laughed, danced and smiled all day😊 We loved our KS1 disco and meeting Father Christmas🎅🏽


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This week, Year One have enjoyed learning about the history of The Christingle, the origin/story and the representation of each part. We created our own to take home to celebrate Advent and share with our families all our new knowledge🍊✨

Well done to this half terms Year One Spanish superstars @LaSeoraLpez1🌟🇪🇸 All of the Year One children are loving Spanish and learning so much! Fantástico👏🏽

Year One looked very festive yesterday for Christmas jumper and dinner day🎅🏼🎉 We had a brilliant day!

To conclude Year One’s, Everyday Materials topic in Science, we have explored the properties of materials and designed Father Christmas a suit. We thought carefully about making sure the suit would be warm, comfortable and suitable for the North Pole🎅🏽👏🏽 #Science

Selected Year One children entered a Parish competition and we have a lucky winner🥰✨👏🏽🎅🏽 Congratulations! We are very proud of you!

Year One have enjoyed writing their letters to Father Christmas✨🎅🏽

Miss Cusack and Mr Finnan have been very busy! The children are super excited to learn that Father Christmas has left his magical postbox for our special letters✨🎅🏽🎉

An exciting and magical morning in Year One with a special visitor….. ELFIE the Good Elf is back🎅🏽✨ The children are very excited! Advent countdown is on…. 24 sleeps to go! #Christmas2021 #KeepingTheMagicAlive

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In Come and See, Year One have enjoyed exploring ‘waiting’ for Christmas and different emotions we have in times of waiting. We have designed Advent calendars and discussed how they help us during a time of waiting and counting down to Jesus’ birthday✨👏🏽

Well done to Year One’s 100% attenders this week - keep it up!👏🏽

Exploring and describing everyday materials in Science

Big thank you to this Year One pupils’ parents for sending in family photographs of WW1 and WW2 servicemen. The children found this extremely interesting and eager to know more #RemembranceDay  #BringLearningToLife

Year One have designed poppies and respectively taken part in our whole school two minute silence. Lest we forget 🌹 #RemembranceDay2021  #WeWillRememberThem 

Look at Year One’s firework artwork😍👏🏽 Miss Cusack thinks they are absolutely fantastic. The children have learnt lots this week on how to keep themselves and others safe around fireworks, sparklers and bonfires. Have a happy, safe weekend everyone💥🎆✨

In maths, Year One working practically to use the part whole model to explore the relationships between numbers and to support writing calculations🔢📝

In Science, we have started our new topic ‘everyday materials’. We have categorised various everyday items into groups according to their materials and properties.

Miss Cusack & Mrs Dunne are so very proud of you Year One. Well done for such a positive first half term🥰

To end a successful half term and test week, Year One and Year Two are enjoying a ‘Halloween’ themed cinema afternoon in the hall🎃👻

Year One have loved celebrating Black History Month and learning lots about Mary Seacole. Ask your child at home to share with you their knowledge and facts about Mary’s life. Miss Cusack is so impressed with the children’s art work #TheBigDraw #BlackHistoryMonth 

Well done to our Year One Spanish Superstars this term👏🏽😊 @LaSeoraLpez1

Role playing Baptism

Year One and Two enjoyed visiting Church this afternoon. We listened carefully to Father Stephen discuss the various stages and symbols of Baptism. Thank you Father Stephen for your time today😊 @OLA_Gateacre

Well done to Year One’s 100% attenders this week. Keep it up👍🏼

Year One love the new park and gym equipment on the school playground😊👍🏼 We’ve had lots of fun today exploring each apparatus!

A small snapshot of some of Year One’s dreams and hopes for the future 🥰😊

Year One loved their autumn themed poetry workshop with @Katypoet to celebrate World Poetry Day 🍂🦔🍁🐿 Thank you for all of your tips and games. The children couldn't wait to perfect and finish their leaf poetry #worldpoetryday #poetrylovers

@MacmillanNW @macmillancancer Year One have had an excellent day learning about Macmillan and how they help lots of people. We have had an own clothes day and cake sale to raise lots of money. Big thank you to all of our parents and families for their kindness and generosity🍰💰

HAPPY LANGUAGE DAY🇪🇸🇸🇪🇵🇹🇫🇷Year One have enjoyed their Spanish lesson today @LaSeoraLpez1 We have learnt so much already. Today, we have practiced simple greetings, animals, colours, numbers, parts of the body and days of the week👏🏽 #europeandayoflanguages Keep up the hard work👍🏼

In Come and See, Year One have been discussing and sharing the different things that are needed to make a ‘happy’ home. We worked with a partner to design a brick to build our happy homes🏡❤️

To celebrate Recycling Week, Year One have explored different materials we can recycle, why it is important and the impact on our environment. We have reused cardboard boxes to give them a new lease of life, we have created birds #RecycleWeek #reusereducerecycle #ExcitingLearning

To celebrate ebook day, Year One have spent time together today reading numerous stories on our interactive board 📚 #readingisfun #ebookLove

Wow! What an excellent effort made by some children in Year One for their homework. The children have been set the task to create a family tree or portrait for our Come and See topic, Domestic Church. Miss Cusack can’t wait to see the other children’s😍🥰 Homework due in Friday.

WOW! Amazing well done to these Year One children who have scored full marks or only dropped 1 or 2 marks in their maths basic skills test. Miss Cusack is very impressed with all the children especially as this is the first time completing a basic skills activity 👏🏽✨ Keep it up!

Year One have had an exciting day today celebrating Roald Dahl. We have read and watched parts of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and completed lots of themed activities🍭🍫🍬

Year One looking very grown up and mature sat at their new desk places😊

Cinema afternoon for Year One and Year Two 🎟👏🏽

Year One and Year Two have had a fantastic morning completing lots of activities together to welcome them back into school. Miss Cusack and Mr Finnan are so proud!👍🏼😍 Big thanks to the Year Six children who came to support the children.

Lots of smiles and happy faces in Year One today. Miss Cusack was so impressed - everyone settled in well and no tears were shed. Well done everybody, same again tomorrow😊🥰👍🏼

September 2020 - July 2021

Year One, it has been a pleasure being your teacher for two years. You have become such mature, independent, beautiful young girls and boys. Thank you for all of the support, kindness, memories and generosity. You will all be very missed. Have a well deserved summer.Miss Cusack❤️

Year One’s progress awards and lunch time awards✨ Well done🥰

Year One have had a gorgeous party day. We have all danced our socks off, played lots of games and enjoyed spending time together🥰💙

What a lovely way to end the last full week in Year One🥰 We have enjoyed spending time together this afternoon in golden time. Lots of smiles and laughter in our classroom🥲👏🏽💙

What a fantastic treat! This afternoon, Year One enjoyed some delicious ice-lollies in the gorgeous sunshine☀️✨ Lots of happy faces, big smiles and laughter🥰😊

Well done to our Year One Spanish superstars this term🇪🇸✨ Miss Cusack has been very impressed with all the children’s progress in Spanish this year. Big thank you to @LaSeoraLpez1 for teaching us lots and fun lessons😊

Year One have enjoyed learning about the importance of recycling, our environment and reusing materials in PSHE. In science, we collected lots of recyclable materials and designed/created some amazing designs. We have given each item a new lease of life. Miss Cusack loves them👏🏽

Year One enjoyed participating in a football tournament this morning. Miss Cusack put the children into different teams and they all showed they can be excellent team mates and follow given rules/instructions👭👫🏆⚽️ Well done Year One👏🏽

Year One have explored writing instructions. We have looked at use of time connectives, imperative verbs and the layout/structure of instructions. Yesterday, for our special write, we watched and took notes of a jam sandwich being made then we wrote our own instructions 🥪👏🏽

Miss Cusack & Mrs Dunne have selected the whole of Year One as our Stars of the Week!! We are so impressed with the children's mature attitude and hard work over the past few weeks✨⭐️

WOW! Miss Cusack is amazed and so proud.. Look how many children in Year One got 5/5 or 4/5 on their spelling test this morning☺️🥰 What an excellent way to end the week. Well done everybody✨

Year One have loved their computing lesson today💻 We used the Chromebooks to enhance our basic skills; exploring typing on a keyboard, formatting and saving work. Miss Cusack was very impressed with Year One’s collaborative learning and hard work - well done👏🏽🥰

Happy half term Year One💛💙 Enjoy a well earned well off and keep safe. Miss Cusack and Mrs Dunne are very proud of the progress you have made. See you all on Tuesday 8th June 🥰

Year One have enjoyed explored capacity this morning and measuring in milliliters and liters. We focused on reading scales accurately and following a recipe to mix magical potions 🥰✨

Year 1 have been developing their knowledge of the world; continents, oceans, counties and capital cities. Today, we learnt about Antarctica and compared the similarities and differences to the UK. We enjoyed working collaboratively to create our own Antarctica landscapes🥶🌨❄️

Wow! Look at progress of Year One's runner beans! We have been looking after our plants everyday helping them grow tall and strong🌿🪴🍃The heights ranged from 89cm - 7cm. The plants have now gone home for the children and their families to look after and enjoy the beans💚

Huge well done to Year One’s Spanish superstars for this term👍🏼🥰 You have all worked very hard and made such progress. Miss Cusack and @LaSeoraLpez1 are very proud 👏🏽👏🏽

Year One enjoyed today’s art lesson. We explored Andy Warhol’s life and Marilyn Monroe inspired pop art. We drew and designed our own portraits 🖌🎨🧑🏼‍🎨👨🏻‍🎨

Year One have enjoyed planting bean seeds today as part of our science topic🌱🪴 We are going to observe growth and look after them for the next few weeks - it will be the children’s responsibility to ensure they get enough water, sunlight and TLC to grow strong🌱🪴

What a lovely end to a very busy week in Year One. We have had a fun golden time spending time together🥰

This week Year One have enjoyed learning all about Brazil. We have completed research, learnt about the climate, attractions and culture. Look at how bright and creative the carnival masks are, Miss Cusack thinks they are fantastic✨🎉

Something strange happened in Year One today,when the children came into school a tent had been pitched and lots of items had been left mysteriously.Year One enjoyed literacy, asking and writing relevant questions ready for the new ReadtoWrite unit, Paper Planes📝@LiteracyCounts1

Year One have enjoyed learning about the life of and painting in the style of Andy Warhol🖌🎨 Miss Cusack thinks their masterpieces are fantastic👍🏼🥰

What a very special moment💛💙 First time meeting altogether in over a year🥰 Nursery - Year 6 singing after the Easter parade.

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Miss Cusack and Year One have had a fantastic day celebrating Easter. Look at the brilliant effort everyone has made - well done to everyone and all parents & families 🐰🥕🐣

Happy Easter Year One🐣🐰🥕 Have a happy, safe Easter filled with lots of laughter and chocolate🍫 Thank you to all families for all of the generous gifts and the support this term💛💙 Take care. Miss Cusack and Mrs Dunne x

Year One Easter egg hunt🐣🐰

Easter celebrations have began in Year One this morning 🐰🐣

Year One have had a lovely, comfy day in our pyjamas and eating treats. Thank you to all the generous families who sent in money for The Good Shepard💛💙 Your kindness and support is always overwhelming🥰

Year One have had an egg-selant afternoon with Miss Cusack designing and creating their own Easter cakes and jelly for tomorrow’s pyjamas day to raise money for The Good Shepard. We are so excited🥰👅

Decorating our class Easter tree

In Come and See, Year One have been exploring Lent and the preparation of Easter. Today we learnt about Palm Sunday and how the occasion is celebrated. We made our own Palms, using our handprints, to re-enact the triumphal entry🌿✨

A very busy morning in Year One recapping place value using Dienes Base Ten equipment 🔢📝

This week, Year One’s star of the week is.... The whole of Year One🎉✨ Miss Cusack thought the whole class deserved to share the award because they have all returned back to school happy, smiling and ready to learn🌟 Well done Year One - Keep making Miss Cusack so proud💛💙

What a fantastic belated World Book Day Year One have had! Every child looked amazing, huge well done to all families who have put a lot of effort in. The children have enjoyed spending the day completing fun activities based on books and reading! 🥰📚📖

Happy World Book Day from The Three Little Pigs 🐷🐷🐷 @WorldBookDayUK

Year One have been writing some lovely sentences of appreciation about their special mums🧡💚💜 Lots of hard work and wonderful discussions this morning🥰 #SuperMum #MothersDay2021

Year One have spent the afternoon exploring the properties of ice and investigating the quickest way to melt an ice cube. We put the ice cube into sugar, water, salt and used the heat from our hands to see what would make the ice melt the fastest🥶❄️💦 #ScienceWeek2021

Year One have had a fantastic first day back at school🥰 It has been so lovely catching up with them, sharing news and seeing how much they have all grown! We celebrated the occasion with a party🎉 Miss Cusack is so delighted to have you all back💛💙

03/03/21 - A small glimpse of some of the children and families Miss Cusack and Mr Finnan visited yesterday delivering ‘star remote learner awards’ and ‘parent appreciation awards’ 💛💙 Take care and stay safe. We cannot wait to welcome you all back in school in 4 days!

23/02/21 - Miss Cusack and Mr Finnan have been extremely busy knocking on lots of doors to present super remote learners with special certificates and prize bags✨⭐️All children have shown such resistance and positivity the past few weeks. Keep up the hard work - it may be you next week😉🥰

05/02/21 - We have reached the end of another week👏🏽Year One well done for your continued hard work, resilience and positive attitudes. Here is just a small snapshot of your home learning the past few weeks😍🥰 You make us proud everyday. Keep it up! Miss Cusack & Mrs Dunne💙💛

We would like to take this opportunity to thank every member of our Year One community. We couldn’t have got through this term without the gorgeous children, kind parents and welcoming smiles each day. You have all been amazing and we are very overwhelmed with all your support and generosity. Have a happy and safe Christmas. See you in the New Year. Miss Cusack & Mrs Dunne x

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This term’s Lunch Time Awards goes too....

Year One have had a special treat this morning🥰✨ Hot chocolate, whipped cream and marshmallows👅 Delicious!

Well done to Year One’s Spanish superstars this term✨🌟 Miss Cusack and Señorita Lopez have been very impressed with the progress these children have made🥰 @LaSeoraLpez1

Year One have had an excellent party day! Miss Cusack is very impressed with everybody's dance moves and singing voices🥰😊 Little superstars⭐️⭐️ We even had a zoom session with a special person.... 🎅🏼 8 sleeps until Christmas✨

Year One have had a wonderful day today celebrating Christmas with our lovely jumpers and delicious dinner 🎅🏼🥰

An excellent morning in Year One. We received information from an elf that Father Christmas has gone MISSING! We created missing person reports to help find him and return him back to the North Pole Safely🎅🏽📝 Miss Cusack is so proud, super work from everybody✨☺️

Year One have enjoyed learning all about and creating their own Christingle this afternoon. We discussed each element, the mean/representation and taken them home to our families to share our understanding and knowledge ✨⭐️

Enormous well done to all that participated in the Purple Mash Festive Card Competition✨🎅🏼 Miss Cusack was so impressed with the hard work from all participants and the creativity of each design⭐️👍🏽

OLA community... Miss Cusack and Mr Finnan have exciting news. Something magical has happened! WOW🎅🏽⛄️🎉✨ Over the next two weeks our children will be posting their letters to Father Christmas ready for him to collect🥰🌟📝

Christmas has arrived in Year ONE 🎅🏽🎉⛄️ We are so excited. Countdown - 24 sleeps

Congratulations to Year One’s star and writer of the week. It is well deserved boys🥰👍🏼 Keep it up

Congratulations to Year One’s new star and writer of the week🎉✨ Miss Cusack’s superstars🌟🌟

For Year One’s new Come and See Advent topic, Miss Cusack has been encouraging the children to think about ‘waiting’. Different times we have to wait (birthdays, for a bus) and how we feel. Miss Cusack has a special box and we have waited all day to see what is inside🔍👀

This afternoon, Year One have been reflecting on kindness and the importance of how we treat our friends for Anti-Bullying Week. We have thought about good qualities we like our friends to have and good/silly choices✨ Great work🥰

Congratulations to our Year One star of the week and writer of the week😍✨ Both girls are always a pleasure to have in the classroom and have worked very hard the past few weeks; making tremendous progress. Keep it up🥰

This week, Year One have been learning about WW1 and Remembrance Day. To commemorate today, we have made poppies to wear proudly and are wearing red ❤️🥰❣️ We remember. We are thankful. We appreciate. LEST WE FORGET🌹🌹🌹

Fun afternoon in Year One for golden time, filled with laughter and smiles ✨🥰 Well done again, for another brilliant week🎉

Before half term, Year Two and Year One explored the importance of Black History and treating people fairly. We learnt about two significant people, Y2 Rosa Parks and Y1 Martin Luther King. Look at our hard work and beautiful display brightening up our corridor✨

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Year One have had a great afternoon learning all about firework safety. We have made beautiful, informative posters to share with Reception to help everyone keep themselves and their families safe 🎆✨💥

Congratulations to Year One's star of the week and writer of the week ⭐️✨ Both boys have worked very hard since returning to school. Miss Cusack is very proud of you👍🏽

Happy Halloween from Year One🥰 What a wonderful first term we have had in school. We have settled in so we’ll and learnt lots❤️ Have a safe and happy break and we look forward to seeing you soon. Miss Cusack and Mrs Dunne x

Miss Cusack is so impressed, these children have been chosen for superb work, effort and behaviour in Spanish lessons by Señora López. All of Year One have enjoyed learning lots of Spanish this term. We have covered greetings, days of the week, numbers, animals and colours👍🏽

Year One have enjoyed designing and creating their own Baptism candle this afternoon✨⭐️🙏🏽

Year One have enjoyed investigating different properties of materials this afternoon, focusing in particular on our language and vocabulary. We have all worked very hard 🥰👍🏽

Year One have enjoyed learning and role playing Baptism this week 🙏🏽⛪️

Year One have enjoyed their new science topic this afternoon. We have began exploring materials and sorting different objects around our classroom 👍🏽

Another fantastic assembly for Year One this morning✨⭐️ Congratulations to our new star and writer of the week. Both girls always try so hard and complete all their work to a high standard😊👍🏽 Miss Cusack is so proud

Another amazing week in Year One✨ The children have enjoyed learning all about Henri Matisse this afternoon🎨 We have used his famous art work, The Snail for inspiration for our own creations🥰🧡 Miss Cusack thinks they are all fantastic👍🏽

WOW⭐️✨Miss Cusack is completely blown away - Year One have competed their very first numeracy basic skills. All the children have worked very hard and should feel proud. We can't wait to see their progress across the year. Look at how many children have received full marks👍🏽🧡

Year One have enjoyed wearing their own clothes today in support of @MacmillanNW Huge well done to everybody in Our Lady's community who have raised over £350 ✨💚

Year 1 are coming to the end of The Storm Whale R2W book, from Reception. We have enjoyed immersing ourselves into various different writing tasks such as descriptions, instructions, posters, stories etc. This week we have focused on planning and writing a Seaside Senses Poem👍🏽🏖 Miss Cusack is delighted with all children's writing work during this book. We have loved every minute of it and can't wait to start our new Read 2 Write next week 🧡🥰✨ Well done Year 1

Year One have written their own lovely, thoughtful prayers🙏🏽❤️ Miss Cusack is very impressed🥰

Year One have enjoyed their first Come and See topic this term; Domestic Church. We spent time today reflecting on what we have learnt, our family/community, love and care 🧡🥰💚

Year One enjoyed having their snack in the courtyard this afternoon✨🍎🍌🥕

Year One are SUPER proud of their new display. We have explored what it really means to be a superhero (brave, kind, mighty, strong, clever, reliable) and realised we all have those qualities. We turned ourselves into superheroes - zoom in to see our beautiful art work🦸🏼‍♂️🦹🏻‍♀️🦸🏽‍♂️🦹🏼‍♀️😍

Year One enjoyed another virtual assembly with Mr Burke today. Huge congratulations to our new star and writer of the week⭐️ Both boys are always so sensible, work so hard and are a credit to us🧡

The rain this morning didn't stop us having fun and burning lots of energy - Year One enjoyed a fun Cosmic Yoga session in the hall 🧘🏽‍♂️🧘🏼‍♀️@CosmicKidsYoga