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River Primary School

River Primary School

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1  




Bloom Class

Class Teacher: Mrs Collins

Teaching Assistant:  Miss Marsh

1:1 Teaching Assistants:  Miss Lee and Miss McVie


Valerie Bloom is a writer and poet.  She was born in Jamaica and moved to the UK in the 70s.  She found her love of being a writer at primary school when one of her poems was published in the National Newspaper.  This term we will be studying one of her favourite poems called 'Fruits', which is a Caribbean counting poem.  Valerie Bloom was announced as the winner of the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) CLiPPA 2022 for her collection 'Stars with Flaming Tails.'





Coelho Class

Class Teacher :  Mrs Lewis

Teaching Assistant: Mrs Jones 



Joseph Coelho is a British Caribbean poet and author and is the new Waterstones' Children's Laureate 2022-2024. He grew up in a tower block in London and developed a passion for poetry and performance at school. He now lives in Folkestone Kent! In 2015 he won the CLPE CLiPPA for his first collection of poems 'Werewolf Club Rules'.  He writes stories and poetry for children to inspire and encourage them to express themselves, as well as explore themes such as humour, happiness and sadness.