Bendish Lane, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire. SG4 8HX

01438 871241

St Paul's Walden

Primary School

News and Photos from The Rowans

Just look at how hard The Rowans were concentrating today, as they wrote their fantasy story...



We are the Rowan class and we are in Year 1 and 2. Our teachers are Mrs Smith on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings and Mrs Dollman on Wednesday afternoons, Thursdays and Fridays. Our teaching assistants are Mrs Wasmuth and Mrs Pearce.

We take great pride in our learning and we are trying to be good role models in the school. We are aiming to become more independent in our learning. Our PSHCE topic this half term is Self Reliance and we are thinking of ways in which we can help ourselves to be good learners.

In the Rowans we learn in different ways and we are using a lot of drama and talking to help us with our ideas for writing. We have been reading books for ideas too, such as The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Whatever Next! In Maths, we are learning to use different practical resources like bead strings, tens frames and counters, and hundred squares to help us with our number work. We are learning to recognise quantities from looking at the patterns they make without counting (which is called subitising) and the Year 1s have been playing dominoes to help them with this. We will be working on our 2, 5, 10 and 3 times tables this year. We are practising letter formation and will be learning to develop a cursive style of handwriting. In Science we are learning about our bodies this term and in groups we have been drawing around children in our class and labelling parts of them. You can see these 5 children on our ceiling!


Home learning will be sent out on a Wednesday once a fortnight, and is due back the following Tuesday. Please read with your child every day and talk with them about their book. Please write what they have read with you in their reading record book.

Your child is in a reading group and their books will be changed at least once a week.

We will start to send home 5 High Frequency Words for your child to learn how to spell. They will be tested on them when they are heard read at school and the words they get correct will be changed. The words will be written in their Reading record book.

Please speak to Mrs Smith or Mrs Dollman if you have any concerns about your child’s learning or what we are doing. We have some exciting topics this term and we look forward to sharing our learning with you.




This week, we were very proud of the hard work we did, practising phonics in our best handwriting.