Autumn Term 2017
Welcome back to Class 1! It has been a great start to the term; the children have settled well and eager to explore their classroom and school. Thank you to the reception parents for taking the time over the summer to carry out the activities I provided in the welcome pack. This has been a great insight into the children’s likes and interests and will support me in creating a stimulating learning environment for the whole class.
I am delighted to inform you that Mrs Rogers will be our class teaching assistant supporting your children each day. Mrs Rogers will be teaching class 1 on a Thursday afternoon when I have my non-contact time and Mrs Talbot will support our class all day on a Thursday.
The reception children are being well supported by year 1 to learn the classroom routines and how to access the indoor and outdoor activities. They are also finding their way around the school well. They may also tell you about their special number as we have created our own Class 1 number line to support our learning during maths activities.
We will keep our daily routine very flexible to ensure the children have time to settle into our school well. The proposed timetable of our week is displayed on the learning wall. However due to the nature of the Early Years Curriculum this is subject to changes for the reception children.
We plan in a flexible, emergent way so that the children’s ideas are valued and may determine the direction for subsequent learning. We recognise that the aims and objectives in the EYFS areas of learning and Year one national curriculum are most effectively delivered when our children are engaged in tasks that have meaning for them. When our children see that we listen to their ideas and that these ideas can change our learning direction, they gain in confidence and will express their ideas further, knowing that their ideas are valued. We record and display this type of planning on a mind map from which we share with the children and yourselves. Mind Maps encourage the children to make connections with previous learning and to link new ideas in a cross curricular way. Ideas are added continually. Do feel free to keep an eye on the board to see what great learning opportunities we have and will have.
The current topic for this half term is Space. In literacy we will be focusing on the texts Man on the Moon, Aliens Love Underpants and Whatever Next. The children will explore story structure, grammar and punctuation. In maths we will be learning about place value, number, addition and subtraction. Mrs Rogers will be teaching science to the whole class and the topics are materials and humans. In geography we will be exploring maps and how to use them. In history we will be researching famous astronauts and to celebrate black history month, in our music sessions we will find out about and enjoy the music of Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Beyonce, Billie Holiday and Jimmy Hendrix. During Art and Design lessons we will be exploring drawing skills and designing rockets. In RE the focus will be the creation story and families. We will also focus on the harvest festival and the British food fortnight.
If you have any items or knowledge that may support us in our learning this term and you are willing to share, please see me.
In your Child’s book bag please find the Home School diary. The aim of this diary is for you to exchange any important information, achievements, worries or anything you feel could be of benefit to your child’s learning. I will write an overview of your child’s week in the diaries and look forward to reading your contributions. I will often suggest some tasks to complete at home to return into school to support our current topics. I am always happy to talk to you regarding the work and themes we are currently covering in school or if you have any particular concerns you wish to discuss. I am available at the beginning and end of the school day or you can arrange an appointment so please do come and see me. I will collect the diaries in every Thursday morning and will aim to return them by Friday afternoons.
Homework – Each child will have a homework book. The theme of the work will alternate between literacy and numeracy each week. Reception children will also have sounds and tricky words to practice. (Reading books will be given towards half term). Year 1 will have a reading book and spellings to learn which will be given on a Thursday and tested in our literacy session. Year 1 will have tricky words and high frequency words to learn also. It is expected that each child takes part in at least 10 minutes of reading each day.
Reception children will have a Learning Journey celebrating his or her experiences both online and in a scrapbook. Over time it will tell a story about your child; their learning, friends, and the experiences he or she enjoys sharing with others. We will get to know your child as an individual and embrace their interests and ideas. We will work together with you to build this Learning Journey as a record of your child’s learning during their time in Class 1. Throughout the year there will be opportunities when you will be invited to look through, and contribute to, your child's Learning Journey, but we encourage you to contribute and look through on a more informal, regular basis. We also encourage you to talk with your child about their Learning Journey and feel free to add in family photographs or other things of significance for your child. This year we will be using a scrapbook approach to record your child’s learning as well as an electronic learning journey which you will be able to access safely on online. I will set Tapestry up in the next few weeks. I will keep you informed.
Year 1 children will continue to have their learning shared on tapestry as well as having subject books which will be available for you to look at throughout the year. Please do continue to share your home learning on tapestry.
Have you got the WOW factor?’ is our Class 1 reward system and each child can achieve a WOW for a variety of reasons. For example following our class rules or producing a fabulous piece of work. For every 10 WOW’s the children achieve, they are awarded a certificate.
This will be used to celebrate your children’s achievements both at school and at home. Please feel free to use the WOW clouds available in the classroom to display them. These will be personal to each child. The year 1 children know this system well, therefore this year we have another element to the wow wall which is for every 10 wow factor points they achieve they will receive a star in the jar. These stars will contribute to a whole class treat during the term.
We will also continue to have a star of the week which will be awarded to one child on a Monday to celebrate their efforts and achievements in Class 1 from the previous week.
On Monday mornings each week the reception children will share their ‘Class 1 News’. This is a social time for children to share any special events that they have experienced, a time to share a toy of particular interest or to bring in an item that relates to our current topic. It is very similar to a show and tell activity. After we have shared our news we record it by drawing and writing. Any items that are brought in are stored on our ‘Special Shelf’ for safe keeping.
PE for Class 1 will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday. Please ensure your child’s PE kit is in school all week and clearly named. Thank you.
We do have aprons available but due to the fact that our Class enjoy exploring lots of fabulous sometimes messy activities, would it be possible for all children to bring in an old t shirt or shirt to be worn over their uniform for those particularly messy activities. Please could they be named and can be left on the children’s pegs. Don’t forget to ensure the children have wellies in school at all times too. Thank you.
Now our class covers two curriculums parent stay and share mornings will be scheduled in on a Friday morning every few weeks, dates will be shared in home school diaries.
From Monday as the Year 1 children are very aware of our routines I recommend that the children line up in their number line order in the playground and enter the classroom independently each morning. Reception parents may come in and settle their children this term if you wish to do so.
Timetable of important events.
Please ensure that each day reading books and reading logs are placed in the reading book tub first thing.
PE with Miss Whyte
PE with Miss Gates, Reading books changed
Mrs Rogers and Mrs Talbot teaching PM. Home/school diaries updated by Miss Whyte. Homework given. Spellings tested.
Library books will be changed and recorded in the reading logs. Reading book change if needed.
SUMMER TERM 2017
Welcome back to our final term of the year! Doesn’t time fly! So many great experiences are ahead of class 1 this term. We cannot wait!
It was fantastic to see you all at parents evening last term to celebrate all of your children’s achievements and next steps. I am sure you will all agree that the children are very busy bees indeed. The children of class one are working hard each day and enjoying school life. Keep it up class one!
Congratulations to Charlie, who won our Daffodil painting competition last term. Limes Farm holiday cottages donated a beautiful bunch of flowers for us to paint and now Charlie’s beautiful painting has pride of place in one of the holiday cottages for all to enjoy, when holidaying in Ludham, Norfolk.
Over the next 6 weeks class 1 will be thoroughly enjoying our fantastic new outdoor area as well as immersing ourselves into the topic of growth. An overview of all the activities we will explore is displayed on the learning wall. Some activities include creating our own garden centre, exploring what might live in our gardens and enjoying the traditional tale of Jack and the beanstalk. As always the topics will evolve with the children’s current interests so keep an eye on the learning wall.
During this term, we will be looking at changes over time and how we have grown. I will be encouraging the children to create a timeline of their lives over the past 5 years. If you are able to share a picture of your child from each year (birth to now) or one of your child as a baby that would be great. Thank you.
Just a reminder of a few changes to our Class 1 routines:
On a Monday we will still run a Class 1 news session. This is a social time for us to share any special events that have happened or anything the children would like to bring in that is related to our learning. ‘Our special things’ shelf is in our carpet area for children to place any items they bring from home whilst in school. Towards the end of last term the special shelf was very full, therefore this term can we encourage the children to bring in items that support our current topic. Thank you. Don’t forget that you can always upload a picture of your child with their special item to tapestry and we can share this with the class.
In the mornings we will return to our previous routine of children selecting their own lunch with their name on the board and putting their belongings away. The children will have choosing time for 5-10 minutes before circle time.
A week overview of important events
Please ensure that each day reading books and reading logs are placed in the reading book tub first thing.
Celebration assembly 2:50pm, all welcome. The previous week’s achievements are celebrated as a whole school. Would be great to see you there.
Mrs Rogers will be teaching pm.
PE with Miss Gates, Home/school diaries updated by Miss Whyte. Reading books changed. Homework given.
PE with Miss Whyte.
Parent stay and share 8:55 – 9:15am. Library books will be changed and recorded in the reading logs. Reading book change if needed.
Children are now able to wear summer uniform in school, please do ensure items are named and on PE days children’s hair tied up.
During our phonic sessions this term we shall be consolidating what we have already learnt and pushing on to phase 4 and 5 of letters and sounds. Please do keep up the good work by recapping sounds already learnt and blending simple words as well as sharing a book with your child and hearing them read. Do keep referring to the tricky word sheet given out at parents evening as we will be learning a different one each week. Check the Home/school diary on Wednesday for updates.
Please do ensure your children have wellies and a waterproof coat in school at all times as our mud kitchen and sand and water areas can get a little soggy at times especially at this time of year.
This term our theme is ‘New Life’.
In the first half of the term the children will hear that Jesus was raised to new life at Easter. Before the holidays they will have experienced the preparation for Easter in the classroom. Now they will learn how Jesus went back to his Father in Heaven and promised his friends that one day they would also be able to go to the Father.
There will be lots of opportunities to investigate the new life they see all around them in the springtime.
You can help your child by:
- Following the events in the Children’s Bible
- Finding opportunities to point out to your child the signs of new life in the garden, the parks and in the fields (new lambs, calves, etc.)
- Pointing out the signs and symbols in church, especially the Paschal candle which is a sign the Jesus is alive and with us
This is also a good time to share some little practical activities connected with the garden or, if you do not have a garden, planting up of window boxes, etc. At bedtime, include prayers that thank God for the new life we see around.
PE – over this term we will be focusing on Athletics and team games.
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Spring Term 2017
During this term we will be focusing on the main theme of Winter and the weather.
Since returning to school we have explored the story of ‘Stickman’. The children thoroughly enjoyed retelling this story and creating their own story maps to explain Stickman’s adventures! We also looked at the animation of ‘The snowman’, which inspired us to create some winter pictures using a variety of painting techniques as well as some wonderful literacy work in retelling the story with words.
The children decided and helped to create an Ice castle within the classroom and we have made many Artic small world play areas for the children to create stories and adventures.
To support our Winter topic we will have the opportunity to learn about animals that live in cold countries. We will be creating fact files about Artic animals and looking at habitats of animals from around the world. We will be taking part in science experiments to explore, how Artic animals keep warm and what makes ice melt? We will also be comparing the weather from the UK with the Artic. The children will also investigate how we can keep warm in Winter.
During Phonics we will be concentrating on learning the Phase 3 digraphs as well as consolidating all of our phase 2 knowledge. The children are developing their confidence in blending and segmenting sounds and applying them during literacy activities and throughout their independent learning.
I will also be introducing the children to cursive handwriting as this is used within our school. Learning the letter formation in Reception will ease the transition into Year 1 handwriting expectations.
Super Sentences! Will be introduced this term. Each week the children will be encouraged to copy the sentences off the board, to practice their pencil grip, letter formation and awareness of sentence structures and writing stamina. On a Friday one child will be selected as the Super Sentence Writer of the week and will celebrate by wearing the super sash in celebration Assembly on Monday.
We also have our ‘Question of the week’ which invites the children to ask the class a question related to our learning to encourage speaking and listening skills as well as improving their writing skills.
In maths we are concentrating on Shape, Space and Measure and the children are thoroughly enjoying making arrangements with 2D and 3D shapes. It is wonderful to hear the children using mathematical language in their play. During the term we will be exploring length, height, weight, capacity and time.
As always our topics will evolve with the children’s current interests so keep an eye on the learning wall.
Just a reminder of the Class 1 routines:
On a Monday we will still run a Class 1 news session. This is a social time for us to share any special events that have happened or anything the children would like to bring in that is special to them or related to our learning. ‘Our special things’ shelf is in our carpet area for children to place any items they bring from home whilst in school.
A week overview of important events
Please ensure in the morning that reading books and reading logs are placed in the reading book tub first thing.
Reading books will be changed. Please ensure in the morning that reading books and reading logs are placed in the reading book tub first thing.
PE with Miss Whyte - Yoga
PE with Miss Gates - Dance, Library books will be changed and recorded in the reading logs.
Home/school diaries updated by Miss Whyte. Mrs Rogers teaching in PM.
Parent stay and share 8:55 – 9:15am. Reading book change if needed.
During this half term, our R.E. theme is ‘Getting to know Jesus’.
With memories of Christmas still fairly fresh, the children will be learning that Jesus has a great love for each one of us and will be encouraged to think of ways in which we can show our love for him.
At home you can help your child by:
Reminding your child that the gifts received at Christmas are a sign of your love. By saying thank you for those gifts we are also showing love.
Sharing Bible stories with them. If you do not already have a children’s Bible you might like to think about buying one of the many beautifully illustrated versions that are available.
Focusing on the stories of Jesus caring for and curing people who are ill.
Visiting the church when it is quiet and lighting a candle and saying a prayer.
Encouraging your child to make a card for a relative friend or neighbour who is ill as a way of showing their love and care.
Sharing bedtime prayers with your child and remembering family and friends who are ill.
Tapestry is updated regularly so please do login and keep up to date with your child’s achievements. You are able to leave comments and upload your own observations.
Welcome to a brand new school year!
It has been a great start to the term; the children have settled well and eager to explore their classroom and school.
The children have quickly learnt about the classroom routines and how to access the indoor and outdoor activities.
The current topic for this half term is Autumn, we will complete similar tasks as the children in class 2 as they are also learning about Autumn. During this term we will be celebrating international literacy day, Roahl Dahl day and British food fortnight. There will be a focus on nocturnal animals, light and dark and the stories ’we’re going on a leaf hunt’, ‘Oliver’s vegetables’ and ‘Pumpkin soup’. We are developing our emergent writing, number work, natural curiosity and positive attitudes to new experiences during this term.
We plan in a flexible, emergent way so that the children’s ideas are valued and may determine the direction for subsequent learning. We recognise that the aims and objectives in the EYFS areas of learning are most effectively delivered when our children are engaged in tasks that have meaning for them. When our children see that we listen to their ideas and that these ideas can change our learning direction, they gain in confidence and will express their ideas further, knowing that their ideas are valued. We record and display this type of planning on a mind map from which we share with the children and yourselves.
Curriculum Meeting More details about our curriculum planning and, in particular, the teaching of reading and writing will be given at the next Class 1 meeting on Thursday 6th October at 2pm.
On Monday mornings each week we will share ‘Class 1 News’. This is a social time for children to share any special events that they have experienced, a time to share a toy of particular interest or to bring in an item that relates to our current topic. It is very similar to a show and tell activity, developing our speaking and listening activities. After we have shared our news we record it by drawing and writing. Any items that are brought in are stored on our ‘Special Shelf’ for safe keeping.
We have begun teaching phase 2 phonics and the children are enjoying this learning adventure.
PE for Class 1 will be on a Tuesday and Wednesday.
RE: During this first half of the Autumn Term the children will be learning about God’s World, God’s Family and Belonging.
They are currently having the opportunity to hear about the things that God has created and to know that He asks us to care for our world. The children will begin to appreciate that God made each one of us different and special and that he cares for us all.
During the first half of the summer term, we focused on growth and living things. We developed a vegetable patch in our outside area. We loved retelling and writing about Jack and the beanstalk. We learnt about how to care for plants and how to keep healthy. Even growing some amazing sunflowers!
In the second half of the summer term we embraced the topic of adventures. We focused on holidays, travel and transport, habitats, different environments, animals and the community. Each week we embarked on a different adventure from travelling to space to visiting a jungle.
The children have participated in a variety of activities relating to space including making moon rock cakes, naming and finding out about our solar system. We even tried to recreate it in the classroom! We wrote our own space information books. We thoroughly enjoyed sharing space themed stories especially Whatever Next, which inspired us to create our own rockets.
The children enjoyed becoming explorers and finding out about our world. We explored where animals live, looking at the globe and a variety of maps. We have learnt the definitions of an herbivore, carnivore and omnivore. We have spent time sorting the animals and talking about camouflage. We looked at the habitats of a variety of animals and what they need to survive. We were very lucky to have a trip to Africa Alive where we found out about African animals and took part in a jungle animal encounter meeting giant land snails, millipedes and cockroaches.
On the Tuesday 15th March Class 1 from St Edmund’s and St Benet’s went on their very first trip to Easton Farm Park. We were lucky enough to meet many baby animals and explore a working farm. We had lots of fun on the adventure playground and loved our trip around the farm on the bug barrel ride! The children have enjoyed writing recounts of their trip and many farm themed activities.
During this summer term we will be focusing on growth and traditional tales. Starting with Jack and the beanstalk. The children were very excited to see the beanstalk that has appeared in our classroom.
Here are a few Ideas to support your child’s learning at home:
Develop their independence by encouraging your child to get dressed themselves.
When you are out and about, point out signs and words in the environment.
Share a story together, talk about the book. What was your favourite part of the story? What is happening in the picture?
Play ‘I spy’ games
Sing rhymes together – especially number rhymes like 5 little specked frogs, 5 fat sausages, 10 green bottles.
Pointing out numbers in the environment.
Spring 2/2016 We have many exciting things planned this term and some of the topics we will explore include healthy living, traditional stories and Easter. We will also have our first school trip!
We are continuing to progress well with learning our phase 3 phonics and applying them throughout our learning. Last term we covered many topics selected by the children, they especially enjoyed become scientists and carrying out experiments! we made noodles dance and a volcano erupt!
We have introduced super sentences into our classroom! Has been working very well and will continue this term. Each week the children will be encouraged to copy the sentences off the board, to practice their pencil grip, letter formation and awareness of sentence structures and writing stamina. On a Friday one child will be selected as the Super Sentence Writer of the week and will celebrate by wearing the super sash!
This term I am introducing an activity board where the children will have specific activities to go to whilst exploring the continuous provision. It is to encourage independent learners and to celebrate educational achievements. Children will receive a WOW point when they have completed their tasks.
The ‘Have you got the WOW factor?’ board continues to be a success and many certificates have already been presented. Keep up the good work class 1!
As a whole school we have introduced learning powers and to aid us on our education journey. To help us to remember these we have 4 new characters in our class.
The first is Roger the Rhino who teaches us resilience so we are learning to keep going even if our work is difficult we do not give up! We find ways not to be distracted by others. If we try, try, try the we can, can, can! The children are often heard reminding themselves and others to not give up when it becomes a little tricky!
The second character is Andy the Ant, he teaches us reciprocity, so we are learning to collaborate with our friends. Sometimes working together is the best way to learn, we can share ideas with our friends and take great ideas from books and the internet. We work as a team to reach our goals!
The third character is Barry the Beaver, he teaches us resourcefulness, so we are learning that lots of things in our classroom can help us learn. If we can use a number line or sound mat we might not need to ask for help from our teacher. We can even ask our peers.
The final character is Tom the Tortoise, Tom teaches us reflectiveness, so we learn how to slow down and think about our work. For example we check our writing makes sense and that we have done the best we can.
These characters are part our class and well and truly loved, they take pride of place on the special shelf.
In our first few weeks back in school we have focused on Winter, animal habitats, dinosaurs and hospitals . The children have also enjoyed having their very own train station in the classroom as it has led to many adventures!
We have also investigated animal habitats, mainly focusing on under the sea. The children have shown a particular interest in mermaids and whales.
Please see above for a few snapshots of our activities. these include sugar cube ice mountains, jelly swamps and hospital role play.
Autumn Term 2/2015
During our phonic sessions the children have made great progress with their letter recognition and writing of some words and short sentences. We have continued to concentrate on blending and segmenting activities using our phase 2 sounds. We have also been practicing some tricky words.
This term we have also enjoyed learning about Diwali (the Hindu festival of light).
During Parliament week we focused on British Values .We have carried out many activities to develop and extend our understanding of friendships, respecting each other and working together. The children have explored colour mixing with a friend using hand painting. We have also talked about our Prime Minister and what his job is. We have made the Houses of Parliament out of Junk modelling resources and construction resources. We also participated in some activities related to the Queen of our Country and built her palace!
In December Class 1 and 2 performed the school Nativity ‘A Miracle in Town’ to family and friends the children worked very hard to learn their words and actions along with the song lyrics. I think everyone who saw the show will agree with me that all children did a fantastic job!!
The Class 1 children have completed their first full term in School, the time has flown by! We have achieved so much since September and it is great to see the children enjoying school.
We were also very lucky to have a visit from our local Postman who delivered us all a letter from Santa.
We enjoyed a very exciting visit from a Suffolk fire fighter on the 4th November 2015. The children thoroughly enjoyed exploring all the kit and asked lots of questions! The children are keen to explore our class fire engine and fire station. Class 1 is a very safe place to be with a whole class of fire fighters in training!
Autumn Term 1/2015
What a busy first half term we have had. The children happily settled into their new environment and we have embarked on our learning adventure together. In the first few days we created our own ‘Class Promises’ to ensure we work hard as a class to create a happy, engaging learning environment.
In the first few weeks as we found our way around the school we all enjoyed sharing the story; ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’ and have created a wonderful display in the library. As the children were so involved in learning about bears, we looked at many other bear stories. A particular favourite was ‘Whatever Next?’ as we all went to the moon…
We all really enjoyed acting out the story of Goldilocks and the three bears; writing our own letters to the bears, making oat biscuits and sharing a story with own special bear at a picnic. We particularly loved making our own sandwiches to share. We have tried our hand at building and used a variety of resources to build houses. We have really enjoyed learning the Goldilocks’ song and have explored many activities talking about size. We have created shopping lists to ensure the bears have enough food in their house .
Recently we have shown an interest in the world around us and carried out many Autumn activities including; Autumn walks around the school and at home, conker counting and Autumn art. We love being outside!
The children have shown a keen interest in mini beasts resulting in us becoming investigators, making our own mini beast information books and taking part in many bug craft and number activities concentrating on our counting skills.
In PE this half term we have practiced our throwing and catching skills, negotiating pathways when running and developing our listening skills.
In our RE lessons we have been learning about the creation story and Baptism and the children thoroughly enjoyed activities relating to these.
On the week beginning 19th October, the whole school learnt about Judaism, Thank you to all the Parents who came to our stay and share morning on Thursday 22nd to create some Jewish crafts. A great time was had by all!