Y1/2: Mr Murphy's Class 2018 - 2019

Mr Murphy


Welcome back!

Welcome back to school, everybody!  I hope you all had wonderful respective holidays and got plenty of rest as well.  We have only been back a short time but already I've been hearing about the exciting holidays and adventures you've each had!  We've had people rowing to Welsh islands on sea kayaks, crabbing in Angelsey, galavanting in Cyprus, meeting up with family in Ireland, camping in the woods and all sorts of other lovely activities.  Of course, sometimes it's nice to just have a Pyjama Day and watch the entire back catalogue of Wallace and Gromit, to which I'm sure everyone has done something similar over the past 6 weeks!


What's On?

Much of this term is going to be linked to our History topic, The Great Fire of London, and what an exciting topic it is!  We have so much going on, such as visits from fire engines, trips back in time and some very fun lessons to get stuck into. 

In history, specifically, we will be learning about what life was like in the 17th Century before the fire, including what people got up to, where they lived and how they lived, before reliving the Great Fire of London, solving history mysteries by piecing together clues from the past and even planning our own rebuild of 17th Century London!

We will also be looking at the topic in D&T, looking at different styles of houses and the materials they are made from.  We will need you to save up some cereal boxes for this, if you can!  Any spares would also be appreciated in case we find ourselves short of boxes.


Class Rules

Work hard

Try your best

Remember your manners

Be nice to people



The children will have ime to settle in to Key Stage 1 life before we start giving out homework.  When we do, it will follow the schedule below.

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 Tuesday afternoon, we will have rugby skills outside, for which the children may, if needed, bring a pair of longer tracksuit bottoms/joggers and a light jacket as the temperature starts falling.

On a Thursday afternoon, we will have dance in the hall with Jules.

Please ensure that any long hair is tied back on PE days and earrings are not worn as they can 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 you Literacy and Maths.  In every three week cycle, we will have Mrs Bloomfield to help us during Literacy for one of the weeks and Mrs Allason to help us during Literacy for one of the other weeks.  One week in every three will be Mr Murphy only.


Useful websites

Get ahead of the rest and play the Great Fire of London game (it's fantastic!) at www.fireoflondon.org.uk/game/

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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