St Andrew's (Barnsbury) CofE Primary School

Coventry Class (Year 1)

Welcome to Coventry Class (Year 1)!


We are named after Coventry Cathedral, also known as St Michael's Cathedral. The city has had three cathedrals in its history…


The first was St. Mary's, a monastic building, only a few ruins of which remain. The second was St Michael’s; a 14th-century Gothic church later designated Cathedral, that remains a ruined shell after its bombing during the Second World War. The third is the new St Michael's Cathedral, built after the destruction of the former and a celebration of 20th-century architecture.


We hope you enjoy looking at our pictures and information. In our learning this term…


In the autumn term, we will be learning all about the weather and change of seasons. We will also have our first local fortnight study in which the children will learn all about our school and our local area. We will discover all the history facts about St Thomas’s and St Andrew’s. We will also be looking at old maps of our local area and how some important events such as WWI and WWII had an impact on how it is nowadays.

In maths we will be learning all about numbers up to 10. We will be practising our number formation, identification and representation of numbers. We will also begin to learn all about number bonds to 10!

In English we will be reading exciting stories such as ‘Argghh Spider’, ‘Traction Man’ and ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’. We will also learn about rhyming couplets and will be introduced to poetry. We will aim to write our own poem by the end of the unit!

In science we will be learning about our body parts and its function. We will be identifying the different body parts using songs and games. We will also be comparing our body parts with other mammals.

In Art, we will learn about two famous artists: Henri Matisse and David Hockney. We will look at some of their portraits and we will aim to recreate one of them by the end of the unit.

In RE Year 1 will be learning about Judaism. We will be learning about their traditions and important events. We will also look at important artefacts that Jewish people use in their daily life.

In PE we will have outdoors sessions in which they will learn multi-skills games!

In French we will be learning about what countries speak French as first language. We will also be revising and learning new greetings - ‘Salut!’ By the end of the first half term, the children will have the opportunity to participate in our International Day!



Children in Year 1 have learnt how to create our own digital story book thanks to our recent visit of Alan and Jess from Discovery Three. Using a Digital story book creator app children were able to take their own pictures and use them afterwards to design their own digital story book about ‘Toys’. and 

Coventry Class had a special visit from Dog Trust charity. Keeley, from Dog Trust,  has taught us the 5 main rules to keep dogs happy!

We have also learnt how to meet a dog you don’t know and the steps we need to follow in order to keep the dog calm and not scared.