Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love

              Welcome to St Clare's Class 

                  Teacher: Mrs Seymour   

Teaching Assistants: Mrs Judd  and Mrs Arnold


To find more ideas, resources and links for home learning and to see what your school friends have been up to, please follow this link to the HOME LEARNING page.

At this point in the year, it is good to revisit handwriting to help prepare them for the move into year 2. To help with this I am adding to the handwriting section a set of sheets that you can access here at any time.






This website also has lot's of helpful tips for parents to support their Childs handwriting:


Mrs Seymour

13th July

This is the final pack that will be sent out this term. Thank you to those of you that have sent your home working in, if there are any final photo's of your child's learning experiences you can send in before the end of term I will post them on this page. So here it is!

Mrs Seymour

6th July

Here is this weeks home learning pack.

Keep going everyone, working hard now really will help you make a great start in year 2 in September.

Mrs Seymour

Here is the work sent in last week.....

29th June 

Here is the home learning pack for this week. 

This week 500 words Black Lives Matter has opened giving you the opportunity to put your story writing skills to work. It is the world's largest story-writing competition for pupils aged 5-13, if you enter you could be in with a chance of winning an unforgettable day out with Virgin Radio. Further details can be found here.

Well done to this weeks learning heroes Chidera and Luca and our Sumdog superstar Theo. Keep sending in your home learning to be in with a chance of being a hero!

Mrs Seymour

Here is some of your home work sent in from last week.......

22nd June

Here is this weeks home learning pack! Remember to send those fabulous photo's through to myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk. When you doplease send attach one image at a time to enable me to include them here on the class page. Many thanks,

Mrs Seymour

Your homework is looking good!!


15th June

This weeks pack is ready for you to start and can be found here. Have a good week!

Mrs Seymour

Look at all the fabulous writing, maths and phonics that has been sent in! Well done everyone!

8th June 2020

Hello St Clare class! Well done for completing last weeks pack. Here is the new home learning pack for this week. Are you enjoying the story of 'Where the wild things are'? I hope so!

1st June 2020

Have you enjoyed the half term week and are you ready to get back to learning! Here is your new pack for the week. 

We will be using the book where the wild things are for the next few weeks. Don't worry if you don't have a copy of the book, you can watch this to listen to the story Where the wild things are!

Or you can read from this power point.

I can't wait to see your photos of the wonderful home working.

Mrs Seymour

Wow! More homework has arrived in my in box this week!

18th May 2020

Here is this weeks home learning pack!

Below are more examples of the wonderful home learning that you have been doing and sending in to myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk.

Home learning weekly update 11th May

 How did you get along with the updated home learning pack? Well done to everyone that has managed to send work in and/or been on Sumdog in the past week. If you need more time to finish your math and reading tasks then please carry on with them and send them in when they are finished. All work is happily received! 

HERE is this weeks pack for you :)

Keep going everyone, stay safe.

Mrs Seymour


This weeks home learning photos are starting to come in. Here is the work that Luca and Chidera have emailed in.

Home learning weekly update 4th May 

Your new look home learning pack can be found here. The writing prompts for this weeks writing task can be found here.

You will notice that they focus on math, phonics and writing. Please also continue to read with your child daily. As the writing task is about well known fairy tales, you could re read these classics. 

Remember to send your child's completed work in to myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk.

Have a good week everyone!

Mrs Seymour 

Harry and Chidera have been busy being creative and making hand puppets this week.

SumDog challenge results week beginning 27th April

Mrs Seymour will be playing the multi player SumDog games week days between 1.30 -2pm.

Maths Time tables Blending words
1st Harry 1st Zayden 1st Theo
2nd Zayden 2nd Amelia 2nd Harry and Zayden
3rd Theo 3rd Harry 3rd Chidera
4th Chidera 4t Chidera 4th Scarlett


 The new topic is all about toys! 

To get you thinking can you answer these questions?!

Have you got a favourite toy? What is it? Is it an old toy or a new toy? Can you name the material that it is made from? Do you think that toys are the same all around the world? 

This week I would love to see pictures of your favourite toy along with your answers to these questions. You can send these to the myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk email address.

Home learning weekly update 27th April 

This week we have new topics to explore and enjoy. The home learning plan and guidance for this week can be found here. The work sent in last week was great, it looked like you enjoyed the science experiment so I have included a new one this week.

Phonics oo family sound

Phonics Luke and Ruth story

Gruffalo Describe the characters (adjectives).docx

Science slime experiment

Math doubles

Arithmetic (3)

POWer Project 1 - Toys from the past.

To further support your child's phonics learning, you can find daily lessons for Reception and Year 1 on YouTube. These go live at 10am (reception) and 10.30am (year 1) with blending practice at 11am on 27th April.

Letters and Sounds YouTube channel https://bit.ly/34Q64SQ 

Letters and Sounds website https://bit.ly/2S31tr9 

I will check the myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk email for home work regularly and answer any questions you have.

Have a good week.

Mrs Seymour. 

Sumdog challenge results (20th - 26th April)

Mrs Seymour will be on line to play Sumdog games with this week between 1pm and 1.30pm.

Mixed time tables Spelling Grammar Measurement
1st Amelia 1st Theo 1st Zayden 1st Amelia
2nd Zayden 2nd Harry 2nd Harry 2nd Zayden
3rd Theo 3rd Amelia 3rd Amelia 3rd Brandon
4th Harry 4th Zayden 4th Theo 4th Theo
5th Zachary 5th Brandon 5th Chidera 5th Chidera

 Well done to everyone that has been sending work in, keep it coming to myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk  :)

Weekly update 20th April 

Hello and welcome back! :)

Here is this weeks home working plan for you all (paper copies are in the foyer from Monday).  If I can remind everyone that together we can support your child's education. I check the myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk daily and have answered some excellent questions you as parents have raised about the home work being set. Keep the questions coming, I will do my best to work with you to find solutions.  

Here are the links to accompany the plan:

Phonics activity

Reading and Writing

Arithmetic test

Capacity Word Mat

Capacity challenge cards

Science activity

RE Spring picture

RE Heart Shape Template

Weekly update 30th March to 3rd April

Hello to St Clare class, I will update this section every week to say hi and to help guide you with educational activities to do whilst at home. 

I have set new quizzes and tasks for St Clare class in math, reading and spelling on SumDog. I will change the area of focus weekly to keep it fresh and fun! I will also be on line on SumDog daily (on home working days) between 11am and 11.30am to challenge the children in the tasks set! 

Weekly packs for Year 1 will be available at school as well as on line below. Well done to those that have picked up this weeks pack. The new one will be available from Monday each week in the foyer.

I will check the homework email myhomework@st-josephs.brighton-hove.sch.uk daily and would love to see any pictures of work completed. You can also use this to ask me questions about the tasks set. I will get back to you as soon as I can. 

Here are the links:

 St Clare Class Home Working 30th March to 3rd April.pdf



Arithmetic Year-1-Worksheet-1.pdf

With very best wishes to you.

Mrs Seymour

What can you do if your child has to stay home due to Coronavirus?

At this challenging time, If your child needs to remain home due to Coronavirus, the following links could be used to support their ongoing educational needs. Year 1 learning has The National Curriculum as it’s heart, however play and fun remain key. Children aged 5 and 6 will require frequent breaks from the academic worksheets found in some of the below. The more hands on experience you can build in for your child the better!

Phonics: The free section has great games that your child will be familiar with. Try and play this daily if you can  https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/ 

Maths: The school has a log in for each child to use Sumdog. We can provide the log in if you do not have it.  https://www.sumdog.com/user/sign_in

The games on this website are good and can be played alongside Sumdog. https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/5-7-years/counting

This link shares creative ideas to engage your child with math at home Year-1-Creative-At-Home-Resources-from-First4Maths.pdf

Please regularly practice spelling by showing the word, saying the word, using your finger to trace the word in the air, on the carpet, table etc and then hide the word for the child to spell. Try and do 5 a day two to three times a week. A spelling list can be found HERE

Home learning packs developed by Twinkl and Primary Stars can be found below. Your child will be used to having objects to physically help them work out the answers in the classroom. You could have a basket of small toys, fruit, straws etc that they can line up and count Year-1-Free-Home-Learning-Pack.pdf and Year 1 Spring Maths Activity Booklet.pdf   t-e-2549910-year-1-school-closure-home-learning-resource-pack_ver_1 2.zip

Home Learning Letter

This information will be updated regularly.

Very best wishes,

Mrs Seymour 


Our topic this half term is Poles apart. We have been learning about the animals that live on the seven continents of the world including penguins, polar bears and migrating birds. 

This topic links well with science and we have been experimenting with ice.

The home project ideas can be found here POWer Project 1 - Life on the ice.doc


20th January to 31st January

In maths we have been using number lines, ten frames, dienes and the bar model to help us to calculate addition and subtraction within 20. Next week we will progress to addition and subtraction within 50.

We were very fortunate to be able to take the whole class on a school trip to the University of Brighton's flight simulator.

6th January - 15th January

The children have returned with renewed energy and have already shown a positive attitude to learning.

On Friday 10th January Year 1 enjoyed a visit to St Joseph's Catholic Church. They looked around the church and found objects they have previously talked about or seen pictures of in RE lessons. These included the font, the altar and the pews. Father Kieron spoke about the church and showed us the crib. The children remembered the story of the birth of Jesus and impressed him with their knowledge. Special people is our current RE topic, Father Kieron talked about his special role within the church and the community.


On 15th January we had our stunning start to our topic this term 'Flight'. The children had an airport style experience where they were issued with passports and boarding passes. Previously they voted as a class to decide which of the seven continents they would like to fly to, they chose Australia. The children experienced going through our security checks before boarding our airplane. They had an in flight safety briefing and watched footage of real airplanes taking off from Gatwick airport and landing in Sydney, Australia. They were served snacks and enjoyed listening to Aboriginal music whilst watching pictures of some of Australia's landmarks. They have used the experience to write questions for a real pilot who is visiting us soon.


Spring Term Information

Welcome back to the Spring Term 2020. We wish all of our pupils and their friends and families a very happy new year.

This term's learning

Please click here to see our learning booklet for this term. A paper copy will be coming home with your child shortly.


A laminated  copy of the spelling list for the Spring Term will be sent home with your child shortly. A copy of the words for the weekly tests can be accessed here  Children will be tested on a Friday each week. Spelling frame is an excellent website to support your child with spelling. Please click here  to access the site.


This half term, Year 1's PE days will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday will be football skills with Mrs Seymour and Thursday will be Gymnastics  Balance with Miss Pippa.
Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times - black shorts, a green St Joseph's t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.
Year 1 children will also be doing the 'daily mile' on the other three days.


Please encourage your child to read as often as possible (ideally at least four times a week.) This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling - and children, please remember to record it in the reading record books. These will be collected in once a week (every Thursday morning) and checked, and will also be filled in by adults in school who hear your child read.


Click here to see the optional home learning POWER PROJECT from our new curriculum ProspectUs for Year 1 pupils.


Activity Passport

We are encouraging all pupils to complete as much as possible in their 'Activity Passports' again this year. The passports should have come home. The children have until Monday 24th February to complete as much as they can.         

Please bring in any photos of the children or the activities as we will put them up on a display. Again, thank you for your support with this. 

Welcome to St Clare's Class

                                          Teachers: Mrs Seymour   Teaching Assistant: Mrs Judd   


A warm welcome back to the new school year to all of our pupils and their families. We are looking forward to working with you all over the coming school year.

'Meet the Teacher' is on Thursday 12th September 2019 after school in the Year 1 classroom. We hope to see many of you then. If you are unable to come, relevant information will be sent home with your child. 

Learning Overview

Click  here to see this term's topic booklet explaining what your child will be learning about this term.

Our topic launch will be on Friday 20th September - a letter should have come home with your child on Friday 13th September. We are hoping children will come to school dressed in the theme of a traditional fairy tale character.

During the day, children will be introduced to our topic, 'Get out of my swamp!' They will make a poster of their favourite fairy tale character and write character descriptions. They will also be planting a seed to observe and record how it grows over the following weeks.



This half term, Year 1's PE days will be on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Wednesday will be dance with Mrs Seymour and Mrs Judd. Thursday will be gymnastics with Miss Pippa.
Please make sure your child has a full PE kit in school at all times - black shorts, a green St Joseph's t-shirt and trainers or plimsolls.
Year 1 children will also be doing the 'daily mile' on the other three days.

Please encourage your child to read as often as possible (ideally at least four times a week.) This can be to themselves, to a family member or to a sibling - and children, please remember to record it in the reading record books. These will be collected in once a week and checked, and will also be filled in by adults in school who hear your child read.


A paper copy of the spelling list for the first term will be sent home with your child shortly. A copy of the words can be accessed here. Spelling frame is an excellent website to support your child with spelling. Click HERE for a link to it. 


Homework this year is changing across the school. Please click  HERE to find out what our homework expectations are.

Click here to see the optional home learning Power Project from our new curriculum ProspectUs for Year 1 pupils. They have until the week before half term to complete the tasks and record their findings in their homework books. Mrs Seymour will be explaining this homework to the class week beginning 16th September . 


Please make sure your child attends school in the correct school uniform. This includes plain black shoes or trainers.


Thank you parents and carers! We really do appreciate your support.


Week beginning 16th September 2019

The children have made a really great start to their learning. They have been using their sorting skills to order different objects into colours, shapes and sizes. 

We have been sorting objects in our mathematics lesson.  


They have also been using the mathematics tools to show the different ways they can add up to 10 including numicon, cubes and counters.


This week we visited the school library to look at the different types of books we have. Everyone spent some time choosing and looking at their book before Mrs Seymour read to them. We will be visiting our library regularly and enjoying story time.


Week beginning 23rd September 2019

This week in Maths, the children have been practicing their recognition of numbers, finding corresponding objects and writing both the numeral and the word for the number. In Literacy, they have been using the story of Beegu to explore expressing feelings through creating sentences using capital letters, finger spaces and full stops. In Science they have been learning about the different part of plants and this week they sowed their own seed. They will watch them grow over the following weeks and begin to use mathematical language to describe tallest, shortest, equal size.



Next week is Grandparents' week and we would like to invite the people your children view as Grandparents to join us at school. There are two options of when they can join us. The first is Tuesday 1st October from 2.30pm-3pm when we will be reading stories in the school library. The second is Friday 4th October from 1.30pm-2pm when the children will be looking to see if their planted seeds have started to grow as part of their science lesson in the Year 1 classroom. Please let Mrs Seymour or Mrs Judd know who will be joining us. We look forward to meeting you. 

Week beginning 21st October 2019

Over the past four weeks, St Clare's class has been working hard and the children have been making great progress in all areas. We had Grandparent vistors in our lessons during Grandparents' week and the children performed their song at the tea party.

Our Science Topic was Plants, it has moved on to Everyday materials. The children have been experimenting to see which materials are  waterproof and non-waterproof. They are currently exploring what different objects are made of.


In PE this half term, the children have been learning gymnastics, using both the floor mats and the big apparatus. They have been developing their skills and growing in their confidence.

Our RE topics have been Family, Judaism and Belonging. The class have enjoyed thinking about their families, discussing how each family is different and about how we are all part of the Family of God.

Over the half term break, the children's homework will be to finish their Power Project, the deadline for this is Friday 8th November. Please also continue to read with your child and practice their spellings and times tables.


Anti Bullying week

The children have spent time thinking about how they can show kindness during Anti Bullying week. They enjoyed the themed assembly on Monday, independently created posters and played games that provoked  discussion.


Week beginning 25th November

There have been two areas of focus in mathematics this half term. The children have been finding out about 2D and 3D shapes, learning the names of the shapes and building their own 3D versions. The second focus has been building confidence in counting to 20 and back again from any number 0-19. Lots of different strategies have been used to help with their understanding. 


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Fabulous finish for our swamps and fairy tales topic

The class have been taking it in turns to put all their knowledge about telling fairy tales to the test this week. We have enjoyed their amazing stories involving dragons and unicorns. 

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