Class 1 2017

Welcome to Class 1!


Our topic for the first half term in Summer is ‘I Spy Animals!'.  During this topic we will be learning about lots of different stories including; Tinga Tinga Tales, Rumble in the Jungle, Day Monkey Night Monkey and Commotion in the Ocean. These stories support our weekly themes for this half terms topic. These will also link to, and support, our free choice activities around the room and outdoor area.  

Reading is something we love to do and we really hope you can share this experience with your child. Once you have read with your child, please write a note in their reading record to let us know how they got on.  

As we are always busy in school, extra help is much appreciated. If you are interested in coming in to school to help with the children’s learning, please speak to the Class 1 staff.

In Class 1, P.E is done every week. It is very important that each child brings their own P.E kit (shorts, t-shirt and plimsoles) and keeps this in school each half term. Please ensure each piece of your child’s clothing is clearly named. This means any missing pieces can be easily returned to its owner. PE and learning is thirsty work so we also recommend sending a named water bottle in with your child too.

We promote independence in the Foundation Stage (Reception), including the children entering the classroom on their own, putting on their own coats, getting changed for P.E and accessing activities independently. Any support with encouraging the children’s independence is very helpful.

We spend a lot of time with the children. But, this doesn’t mean that we see all of their learning experiences, as these will also happen at home. To make sure we have record of these achievements, the classroom has a wallet containing ‘WOW moment’ cards for you to write down what your child has done. These achievements can be anything such as: learning to ride a bike, writing their name or helping out at home. These moments will then go into their folder as a record for their learning.

We are a friendly, caring team and if you ever have any queries about your child's education please talk to any of the class 1 staff.

Miss Heafford and Mrs Tomaszewski

I Spy Animals!
The Only Way is Up!
To kick start our topic, we focused on how we grow as people.  We discussed what we need to do to grow big and strong.  We came up with some great ideas; washing our bodies, eating fruit and vegetables, exercising, brushing our teeth and brushing our hair.  We talked about how we grow from babies into adults and compared the different things we do at different stages of our lives.  
We all agreed that fruit is healthy and full of vitamins so today we made fruit kebabs.  We had to help wash, chop and prepare the fruit.  We learnt how to hold the knife and how to use this safely with our fingers.  We remembered to make  bridge with our hands and tuck our fingers away.  Once all prepared, we then made our own kebabs.  They were extremely tasty!
To get ready for our new topic, we planted some seeds to grow peas and beans.  First, we read a story called Oliver Vegetables and we shared all our favourite fruit and vegetables.  We then looked at where and how these grow.  In the afternoon, we then went outside and filled some pots with soil.  We then added the seeds and potatoes and then watered them well.  We have placed to pots in a position that gets the sunshine and we're hoping they will start to grow over the Easter holidays.  Maybe we will be able to sell our produce in our classroom farm shop roleplay and go on the cook and taste it.
To finish off our history topic we invited the helpers from home to help us bake bread.  Over this half term, we had been learning all about castles, their important features and what it was like to live in castles in medieval times.  Today we focused on the kitchen and food preparation.  We shared our favourite foods and talked about how lucky we are to have all these lovely ingredients nowadays.  When we looked at a picture of a banquet, we learnt that in medieval times they did not have these types of foods.  The had meats, bread and fish.  So, we decided to make our own bread.  We were very lucky to have helpers from home in to teach us how to make the bread.  There was lots of flour everywhere but we had a great time learning how to knead.  We look forward to eating it tomorrow.  A huge thank you again for all your help.
An afternoon of awe and wonder!
Today we went to Twinlakes for a whole school 'Science and Enterprise' trip.  Not only we were there to have fun, we were also there to consider the why Twinlakes is such a success for its customers.  We looked at the different signs, advertisement, attractions, themes and queuing techniques.  We will now take all the things we have learnt back to the classroom and use these to influence our own Enterprise week activities.
This week we have been looking at the story 'We're going on a Bear Hunt'.  We re-read the story today and decided to go on our own Bear Hunt.  We packed a bag of things we wanted; snacks, water, the binoculars we had made, a camera and a toy for the bear (because he looked lonely on the last page of the book).  However, we then thought that we didn't want our story to get muddy, so we made a map to help us remember the story.  From that, we went on a Bear Hunt!  We had a brilliant time using our imagination, retelling the story and working with our friends on where to go next.  Finally, we saw...1 shiny, wet nose, 2 big furry ears, 2 big googly eyes! IT WAS A BEAR!  What a fantastic afternoon.
This week is Science Week.  So, to fit in with our weekly theme of the Bear Hunt, we took some of the elements of the story to explore during our Science week.  First, we made a swirling, whirling snowstorm in a bottle.  This was very fun, especially when some us got wet!  We loved watch the air spiral through the coloured water as we rotated them.  Later in the week we made 'thick, oozy mud' and a periscope to look over the 'long, wavy grass' with some helpers from home.  A huge thank you to those who came and helped us finish out Science week with some messy times and new memories.
If we can't get to the snow...the snow will come to us!
The Reception children decided to make a boat for Mr Benn.  We tested lots of different materials and shapes to see which floated.  We then made our models thinking carefully about the materials which worked best.  We all decided that our boats had to be light, waterproof and float!  Some of us covered out boats in plastic because we remembered that this was a waterproof material from our experiment that we did earlier in the week.
During science we have built on our learning of materials by doing an experiment!  As part of our English, we started looking at Mr Benn.  We were then sent a letter from Mr Benn's teddy.  He told us that Mr Benn wanted to go on an adventure in the water but teddy didn't have a waterproof coat or umbrella.  We were set the challenge of testing which material was the best for Ted.  We had to predict which material was the best, then test it fairly and then see what our findings told.  It was a very busy afternoon but we loved it!
Favourite Stories
Year 1s and 2s have been working as pairs on a creativity task. They have had to design their own machine, make a decision about what the machine makes and explain to the rest of the class how it works. The skills they have been developing have been compromise, teamwork, speaking and listening and enterprise.
What a busy start to the year we have had, but it's also been a fabulous one.  Here's a quick rundown of what we've done so far...
We started off with writing recounts of our trip to The Town Mouse and The Country Mouse show.  We all had to try and use time adverbials to order our recount.
We then started our second story (and one of our definite favourites!), Mr Wolf's Pancakes.  With this story, we learnt all about the features of instructions and practised ordering these, giving these verbally as well as writing instructions about how to make our own pancakes.  We also combined this pancake experience with learning all about weight to help us weigh the ingredients we needed.  The receptions used balance scales and the year 1's had to read weighing scales.  Finally, we used all the things we learnt to make our own pancakes.  They were delicious.
All of this inspired us to use Mr Wolf's Pancakes as out Film Night theme.  Watch this space!
SQUEAK! SQUEAK! We've had some mice on the loose in Class 1.  The Reception children put the fine motor skills to good use this week to make their own Town Mouse and Country Mouse.
We would just like to say a HUGE thank you to all the parents/grandparents that came in today to help us make mince pies.  They already smell amazing and we can't wait to taste them.  We have loved making memories with you.  Merry Christmas!
For our next celebration we looked at Diwali.  We have had a great time learning about the story of Rama and Sita.  We have a temple in our classroom so we can dress up and retell the story with our friends.  We have also learnt about rangoli patterns and diva lamps and had a go at make some of our own.  Next week we will be able to decorate our lamps as well as design our own menhdi patterns.
We have kicked off our 'Bonfire Night' theme of the celebrations topic with a visit from the fire brigade.  This was a wonderful surprise and we couldn't wait to go outside and meet them.  The fire fighters told us lots of information about the safety clothing they wear, the jobs they do and how the equipment works.  We asked lots of questions and we can't wait to put what we have learnt into our writing and role-play scenarios.  We also got to sit on the fire engine and we even sprayed water from the hose!  A great time was had by all.
Amazing Me!