Buller Avenue, Preston, Lancashire PR1 9QQ

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St Mary Magdalen's Catholic Primary School

Nurturing hearts and minds

Feeding the Lambs

Round the Farm


Lunch Time

Play Time

Year 1 Sports Day Races

The Year 1 children enjoyed a fabulous Jubilee Lunch

The children went to Mass yesterday in preparation for celebrating Ascension Thursday, the day when Jesus returned to his Father in Heaven.

After four weeks of hard work we have finished our clay animals. Just look at how good our models are! We will be bringing them home for you to enjoy very soon.

We have finally started making our clay animal models. Some of the children weren't very keen on the texture of the clay and it took a little getting use to. Our next job is to paint them!

In our Art lessons we have been studying the sculptor Antony Gormley and we are getting ready to make our own sculpture of an animal out of clay. To get ready for this we have been practicing the different techniques needed using play doh.

It was so lovely to see lots of our parents at our Year 1 assembly. Thank you very much for your support.

Congratulations Year 1 on a fantastic Showcase Assembly

Celebrating the Easter Story by sharing a barbecue with our friends.

Phil has been developing our throwing and catching skills. Today we are practising our skills using rugby balls, passing to our team mates.

Becky has been helping us with our Science work. She took us to the garden and we had to look for and identify the plants that we found growing there.

We are working on our Peter Rabbit dance with Louise. This is our second week and we our making fabulous progress, responding in time and moving to the music.

On Friday Dave from South Ribble came to introduce us to a new sport. We were learning about the skills that we will need to play tennis. Here we are balancing objects on our rackets.

We went into the Wildlife Garden to help clear away the rubbish and keep it safe for the creatures that are starting to make nests.

During Science we used our skills to look at the different parts of a plant.

Phonics Play

Every morning between 8.40 and 8.55 the children take it in turns to practise their phonics knowledge using phonics play.

Spring Cleaning

The children worked outdoors with Becky looking for bugs and doing a spot of spring cleaning too.

Maths - Comparing objects up to 50 using mathematical vocabulary.

More, fewer, equal too, greater than, less than

Steven Finnigan, Lancashire's Deputy Lord-Lieutenant, came to school today.

He is Her Majesty The Queen's personal representative in our county. 

Steven planted a tree on our school field in support of Her Majesty's wishes to create a green canopy in the year of her Platinum Jubilee.

Chinese New Year

The children celebrated Chinese New Yea by performing a dragon dance using the masks that they had made.

Maths - Place Value

We have been learning about tens and ones by grouping objects in tens. When we organise objects this way it makes them easier to count.

RE - Special People

The children have celebrated the end of our RE topic by looking back at their work and talking about the new things that they have been learning. 

As we are learning about The Great Fire of London and the diary written by Samuel Pepys, the children set the scene by practising writing with a quill pen.

Today we did our PE lesson outdoors. The children were developing their core strength by jumping, balancing and stretching using the climbing frame and the tyres.

Colour mixing inspired by the work of the artist, Kandinsky


Adding using number bonds


The children have been learning all about algorithms. This means following a set of instructions. The children have been following the instructions to find their 2dos on Purple Mash and to complete and save them.
Ask your child to log into their account to see which 2do has been set this week.


This week we have started to learn how add by counting on. Here we are using our number lines to solve problems and recording the addition sums on our white boards.

A visit from Claire the dentist for our 5 year olds

At Church with Father Roy


Throwing and Catching

Year 1 Christmas Dinner

We enjoyed a fantastic, festive day as we celebrated our Christmas party today!!

We had an amazing breakfast, and there was singing, dancing and hot chocolate with marshmallows too!

It's Christmas!!

Look at the beautiful star decorations that we have made to brighten up our Christmas tree,

PE with Phil

We had a great time playing Naughty Elves today. We had to work so hard.


We have been practising our stretches.

The Annunciation
The children have started to tell the story of The Nativity. Today they told the story of the Annunciation when the Angel Gabriel visited Mary.


We have been learning how to use the springboard to jump as high as we can.


We have been working out our number bonds to 10 using lots of different mathematical equipment.


Mrs Di Franco has been putting us through our paces!

Maths Addition

Year 1 have started their addition work using the part whole model.

They have use objects to make two parts that can be added together to make a whole. 

Woodland Walk

Ordering objects

Year 1 are making an outdoor area for learning and play

Our first day in Year 1

James told us all about the animals that live on the farm and he let us feed the goats.

Those goats were crazy!


Time for some lunch now.

Now for the ice cream. Don't tell anyone but we got to taste lots of different flavours.

We also had a whole ice cream cone to ourselves. 

It was AMAZING! 

As a school we have been entering into the spirit of Euro 2020. We have had a football tournament where each house in each year group represented a country playing in the Euros. At the end of the week pupils brought in their projects about the countries their class represented. Here are the projects from Year 1. They were all amazing!

Fun in the sun on Sports Day

Euros Challenge!
The children had a great time today and rose magnificently to the challenge.
Congratulations go to Switzerland who won 1st place in the Year 1 competition.

Year one did some great creative faces outdoors today.

Year 1 - Game on!

Congratulations Benedicts, our class winners.

Year 1 have spent more time outdoors with Becky looking at our plants and also for bugs. I wonder how many bugs they found?

Year 1 love their time with Becky doing lots of activities outdoors. They have planted lots of different salad leaves and also learnt how to put up a tent.

In Year R they had a very specially delivery of some eggs that they have looked after very carefully in an incubator. Here is the result of all their hard work!

During our Science class we have had emails from an alien called Beko! He wanted to know all about our planet and especially about what our plants needed to grow. As part of our research we planted sunflower seeds. I wonder how many have grown in your homes?

We have been learning all about road safety over the last few weeks. Year 1 can now tell you what they need to do when crossing a road. 

Our Year 1 class was very excited to start learning gymnastics with Mrs Di Franco. They all did so well, especially making the shapes of letters with their bodies.

Sports Taster Day - Year 1 tried their hand at curling and dodge ball today.

Our Year 1 pupils started a new topic based on a book by one of our favourite authors Julia Donaldson. We went outside to our lovely wildlife garden and started to read 'The Scarecrows' Wedding'.

A box of eggs has been found in the garden today by the Reception children.  Mrs Bradley and Mrs Edmondson both got very excited about how they thought we should take care of the eggs.  Year 1 had to help them as they were both keen to sit on the eggs to help them hatch !!!!  

The eggs are now safety in an incubator in Reception and Year 1 will have daily updates on any changes to the eggs.  Both classes are counting down as they expect whatever may be inside to hatch in 21 days!!!!! 

Year 1

Celebration Dance with Louise

Year 1 celebrated Palm Sunday by acting out the story to celebrate this holy day.

Year 1 had a great time practising their cricket skills with our school cricket coach on Monday.

As a class we have been learning how to follow instructions. We followed a number of instructions to plant cress seeds. 

This time we followed the instructions and made salt dough so that we could make creatures to hide in the


Year 1 have been taking advantage of the great outdoors and have created some fabulous art work which is now being displayed in our wildlife garden. 

Due to Lockdown and schools currently being closed to most pupils, curriculum provision has been adapted to suit remote learning.  Each week, class teachers produce an overview to inform parents directly about the curriculum and resources for the week ahead and this mirrors what the pupils in school are covering.

Keep dancing!

World Book Day 

Glitter Jars

Poppy dressed up as Matilda.

Here is Henry with his favourite book.

As part of our RE lesson we looked at special meals and the people we have them with. Here are some of our children's special meals.

The children were set the challenge to create numbers using Lego, blocks or counters to solve number problems.

Teddys, toys, and animals!

My Favourite Toy

Our science work was to make a water gauge.

Year 1 has been doing lots of numeracy work, just look at how well they are doing.

Take a look at some of the sea creatures we've been researching. We've also been looking at a little fish called Stanley.

Angus used pasta to make his lion's head - what a brilliant idea!

Here are a few more lions that our children at home have made.

The children have completed their work about Kenya by using their skills to make a lion's head.

Look at our wonderful work here.

Do you want to know what to wear when it is raining, or when the sun is shining? Look no further as some of Year 1 are here to help you!

We have been looking at different animals this week. Here are some of our favourite animals.

Liz has been working so hard on her handwriting. Look at how all of her letters are on the line.

Just look at this wonderful giraffe Amelia has made, it's fantastic!

Here are some more African necklaces that we have made at home.

We have made African necklaces.

Ranulph is a fantastic artist. Just look at his work on the Highway Rat!

Annabel has added sticks to her African masks. What a great idea, your masks look amazing Annabel!

Henry has produced a brilliant piece of work on the Highway Rat. Here is his list of all the food the Highway Rat stole from the animals. Well done Henry!

Last week we learnt about the Highway Rat. Year 1 produced some fabulous work all about him and some of the things he got up to.

During our Geography lessons we have been looking at Kenya so for our Art lesson we have coloured in African masks.

Just look at the delicious breakfasts Year 1 have created. Which one would you choose?

Weather Charts

The children took advantage of the snowy weather today and did their Science work outdoors, filming the weather forecast.

Well done Poppy and Ranulph.

The children are trying really hard with their phonics work.

These are some of the ideas our children had for what they wanted in a pet.

The children had to pick two seasons and dress the boy and girl correctly. We think they have done very well!

Who would like to live in a house like this?

Here is some of our numeracy work from the last week.

Just look at some of our beautiful sea creatures!

Here is some of our work on 'Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy.'

The children have been learning about Kenya. Here are some pictures of the Kenyan flag and some of the animals you might find there.

After reading Little Red Riding Hood the children designed a house for her grandma.

Here are some of the birds we painted on Purple Mash. We had to follow instructions to know what colours to use and where to use them.

Our lovely painted elephants

School Games Event

Y1 Sports Hall Athletics

Christmas Dinner

Year 1 had a great time today eating their Christmas Dinner with their friends. They were singing, dancing, pulling crackers, telling jokes and eating lots and lots of delicious Christmas food.

Another great day!

Christmas Barbecue

Year 1 had their Christmas Barbecue today. They had a fabulous time eating hot dogs, toasting marshmallows and singing Christmas songs around the campfire. We hope you enjoy looking at our photos as much as we enjoyed our  Christmas barbecue.

Orienteering in Year 1

Subtraction using a Number Line

Dragon Dance

Maths- Addition

History- Timelines

Practical Maths Activities 

The children have been working to improve their knowledge of the number system. This week we have looked at working out 1 more or 1 less.

European Sports Day 2020


Year 1 had a great time learning to dance and enjoying a woodland walk to help them keep fit and healthy.

Having Fun in Year 1

Welcome to Year 1

Welcome Letter

Autumn 1 - Penguins.Possums and Pigs