Davey Drive, Hollingdean, Brighton BN17BF

St Joseph's Catholic Primary, Brighton

Educating in Faith, Hope and Love

St Clare's Class 2023-2024


Welcome to  St Clare's Class page


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The Year 1 (St Clare's Class) Team are Mr Fishman and Mrs Judd.


Updated 21.9.23

This week the children in Year 1 had a hands on maths activity to understand the difference between 'more, fewer and the same'

They were given cards with these words and had to use multilink cubes to match the right words. The children enjoyed using the cubes to consolidate their learning of these mathematical words and built upon their vocabulary in this curriculum area.

Updated 15.9.23

Dear adults,

It gives me great pleasure to confirm that the Year 1 school trip to the Hove Toy Museum has now been booked and the children will be visiting on Friday 6th October 2023

Children will be given this letter today with all the information, however if you would like to download a copy yourself please click HERE

Please note that there is a payment of £6 for the trip that can be made using Parent Pay.

Please return completed consent forms to either myself or to the school office as soon as possible.

With thanks,


Mr Fishman

Updated 12.9.23


The Creation Story

This week the children in Year 1 have been learning to retell the Creation Story, understanding that it is a very special story to show us how much God loves us. The children first heard an extract from the bible (Genesis 1:1 1-4, 24-26) and we spoke about the different things that God made. We then used small world characters to retell this story, placing the right objects on the right days. The children loved using the small world to retell the story and were amazed at just how many things God created.

Updated 8.9.23


       "If you go down to the woods today...."


Today the children in Year 1 had a stunning start to their new topic of toys with a Teddy Bears' Picnic!

We started off by sitting in a circle and each child introduced their special teddy bear that they had bought in from home. The children spoke about who bought the teddy for them them, why they are special and how it makes them feel. It was unanimous amongst the whole class that their bears made all them feel safe and cozy.

After that, they learnt the famous Teddy Bears' Picnic Song and we then played 'musical (bears) statues' and 'Mr Bear's Honey Pot' which tested the children's listening and concentration skills whilst having fun!

Finally we enjoyed some delicious treats for our picnic. 

It was indeed a wonderful afternoon and the picnic was enjoyed by all.

Thank you to all the adults who brought in some food to share - it was an overwhelming amount of food and the children were all most grateful!

Updated 8.9.23



Please join me after school this Monday 11th September 2023 in the Year 1 classroom shortly after 3pm.


This is your chance to see your child's classroom and ask me any questions. I will be discussing the Year 1 expectations, PE Days, reading diaries, Dojos, school trips and will be handing out curriculum overviews for learning in the Autumn term.


If you are not able to make it please click HERE for an electronic copy


I very much look forward to seeing you all on Monday.


Mr Fishman

Updated 4.9.22

Teddy Bear's Picnic - Friday 8th September 2023

To introduce a stunning start to our first topic 'toys' the children have been asked to bring in their favourite cuddly toy.

A letter was sent home today with your child but for an electronic copy of the letter handed out please click HERE

Updated 4.9.23

Class Information


PE will be on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

It is crucial for health and safety that your child has a full PE kit in school at all times.

PE kits are available for purchase from the school office.




Reading Diaries

Reading diaries have been handed out along with a book specifically selected for your child. The book will be one they are familiar with and have read in class. Your job - as the listener -  will be to simply support them and guide them through reading this familiar text to promote their fluency and speed of reading.

As a friendly reminder, you must try to read with your child at least three times every week and then write comments in their reading record on how you felt the reading went.


Was your child able to read all words accurately?

Did they segment and blend the sounds properly?

Were there any tricky or new words?

Could your child recall what they read?

Were they able to relate to the characters in the story?


These diaries will be collected in and checked on a regular basis.

Updated 4.9.23


Dear children, parents and carers,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you and your child to St Clare's Class and to a new school year. I feel honoured to be your child's teacher this academic year and please be assured that I will do my very best to ensure they are safe and happy at all times.

Please do not hesitate to catch me before or after school if you have any questions, concerns or problems about your child's learning. Check this web page regularly for updates from inside the classroom!

  I look forward to meeting you all and getting to know you better over the coming year.

Take care and stay safe,

Mr Fishman and the Year 1 team