Y1/2: Mr Murphy's Class 2019 - 2020

Mr Murphy


Welcome back!

Can you believe it is our Summer Term already?  How the year has flown - not long left before we're done!  Before then, however, we have the business end to deal with...


So What's Going On?

It excites me to say that this term is going to be centred on William The Conqueror and the Norman Invasion of England.  Such an exciting topic!  

In history, specifically, we will be looking at who Duke William was, why he thought he should be King of England and how he managed to take the crown.  A topic on the Normans would never be complete without a lesson spent recreating the Battle of Hastings either so, of course, we will be cleverly undoing the shield wall and charging down the overzealous Anglo Saxons in no time...

We will also be linking ICT in with the history topic, learning and applying PowerPoint skills to create an animated PowerPoint about William the Conqueror.  As well as this, we'll be taking a closer look at the workings of castles as part of our D&T unit.


Class Rules

Work hard

Try your best

Remember your manners

Be nice to people



Homework will be given out on a Monday and will include spellings, which will be based on the sounds and spelling patterns that they are learning or recapping in their phonics group, as well as maths, given out by their respective maths teachers.  It is due in on or before the following Monday.

It is important that your child completes their homework, and does so on time, not just to reinforce and support the work being done in class but to promote and develop their independence and responsibility.  


I can't stress how central reading is to everything we do in school.  If there is a Holy Grail for helping your child in school, it will have a little note in it, which will say to sell the Grail and just read with them instead.  Picture books, novels, comics, annuals, video game manuals, diaries, magazines - anything!  Whether it is reading with them, reading to them or having them read to you, daily/nightly reading is utterly invaluable.  Anything from a quick 5 minutes after eating to a yawn-filled, comfortable 20 minutes before bed - just read, read and read.

The children will change their own books each day and can do so in the morning when they come in or before hometime.  Of course, they can change them at any other time if they ask to do so.  It is generally a good idea to remind them to change their book if they need to as they come in in the morning.  An adult will not change their book for them other than as a one-off.  It is the children's responsibility to change their book.

PS. Please make a note every time children do read with you in their reading record as we celebrate different milestones and it would be a shame for children to put effort into their reading but not be recognised for it in our year group celebration assemblies.  Even if it's just a very brief signature and page number; it's better than nothing.


On a Thursday afternoon, we will have cricket skills outside, for which the children will need their normal school shorts and t-shirts.  If the temperature drops, we can always put our coats on; tracksuits and jackets aren't necessary this term.

On Tuesday afternoons, we will have Sports Day practice and Athletics outside as a year group.  

Please ensure that any long hair is tied back on PE days and earrings are not worn as they could well get caught on equipment and then lead to a rather unpleasant situation for the child!

Our Adults

Mr Murphy will be in class every day apart from Thursdsay morning, which is his PPA time.  During that time, Mrs Ramsden will be teaching us Literacy and Maths.  Mrs Bloomfield will be in the class every morning to support us with Literacy.

Useful websites

Get ahead of the game and read up on the Normans and William the Conqueror:

Encourage your child to learn a language for free at www.duolingo.com

Take them along to one of the many regular events at Chester Library! https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/libraries/find-a-library/chester-library/chester-library-at-storyhouse.aspx

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