Class 1 2020-2021

Welcome to Class 1!

 

WOW! What a fantastic first half term we've had with you all.  We have really loved getting to know you all that little bit better through our topic 'Amazing Me!'.  We hope that you have had a well deserved rest over half term - you certainly deserved it after working so hard.

We have a new topic this next half term and it's called 'Celebrations'.  What kind of things do you celebrate? Any particular occasions?  We look forward to hearing about what you celebrate. During this topic we will be sharing our experiences and learning about Halloween, Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas.  These are some of our weekly themes for this half terms topic.  These themes will link to a story and support our free choice activities around the classroom and outdoors.  Some of the books we will be looking at this half term are: Winnie the Witch, Francis the Firefly, Rama and Sita, The Dinosaur that pooped Christmas, The Jolly Christmas Postman and The Christmas Story.  Scroll down to 'Home Learning' see our new home learning menu for Autumn 2.

Reading is something we love to do and we have really enjoyed hearing all the experiences you have been sharing with your child at home.  Please continue to keep us informed with how they get on by writing in their reading log.  As we've mentioned before, there are so many skills to early reading that are fundamental to the children becoming confident fluent readers.  Some of these are ensuring the children know that the words have meaning and that the pictures give us so many clues as to what the words say.  Another is discussion – talking through the book, predicting, checking, retelling what happened and comparing the story to a previously read book.  This opportunity for comprehension is so simple yet so powerful.  Finally, re-reading – for children to get a sense of success and independence, we encourage children to read books more than once so they can build fluency and start to ‘see’ the words instead of needing to sound them out.  

In Class 1, P.E is now going to be done every Wednesday. It is very important that each child comes to school in their school P.E kit (shorts/trousers, t-shirt, hoodie and plimsoles).  Please ensure each piece of your child’s clothing is clearly named with a permanent marker/sticker.  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 dressed and accessing activities independently. Any support with encouraging your child's independence in and out of school is very helpful and much appreciated.

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, each child has a wallet in their reading log that contain ‘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 so if you ever have any queries about your child's education please talk to any of the class 1 staff.

Take care and stay safe.

Mrs Hatherley and Mrs Bailey

class1@stathern.leics.sch.uk

PS now the weather is getting colder, we would advise that the children come to school everyday with a warm, waterproof coat.  Hats, scarves/snoods and gloves/mittens are an added bonus as we will still be doing lots of our learning and choosing outside.  As Alfred Wainwright once said 'there's no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing'.

Useful Information
Home Learning
 
At this age, children are still encouraged to learn through play and hands on experiences.  We find that learning in a context works best.  For example, if you're out on a woodland walk and you come across some puddles, you may discuss how these have come about, you may measure and compare depths, you may explore sound or reflections as well as investigate objects that float and sink.  This is how children make connections, develop their understanding and ability to learn.
 
Whilst this is at the forefront of our teaching in EYFS, any experience at home will support this dramatically.  We also ask that you support your child to read and learn their key words.  These will be given out in the first few weeks of starting school.
 
Whilst on the subject of reading, we would like to share our knowledge of what reading is in the EYFS.  Reading is seeing print in the environment and understanding that print (from left to right) carries meaning.  As important as sitting down and sharing a book 1:1 is, we also find that the discussion, the retell and simply being read a story and being exposed to books is just as important. 
 
Real experiences and reading at home (at least 4 times a week please) are the things we hope you can support the most in.  If you wish to do extra (no pressure at all to do so), we have attached a home learning menu below.  These activities are free choice and support our topic work in school.  Please feel free to send pictures of these to our class email address and we will try and share these in class.
 
Many thanks,
 
The Class 1 team
 
class1@stathern.leics.sch.uk
Our First Day!!!!
 
Wow! what a fantastic first day in Class 1. It was wonderful to welcome everyone into school today, with broad smiles all round and all looking super smart in their new uniforms. We have uploaded a few pictures of our first day to show just some of the fun we had.
 
We were super impressed with the incredibly smooth drop off and pick, could we just remind everyone that just one parent is to accompany each child into the playground morning and night.
 
The Class 1 team
Pizza Faces
 
Today some of us made pizzas (the rest of us will do ours on Thursday!).  We decided to make our faces using lots of different ingredients.  These were peppers, mushrooms, ham, cheese, tomatoes and tomato puree.  We talked about how important it was to wash our hands before we touched any food.  We then used a knife to carefully spread the sauce and added our toppings to show our facial features.  We discussed the names of the ingredients and tasted these to see if we liked them and whether we wanted them on our pizza's. The classroom smelt delicious once they were cooked.
Pizza Faces cont...
 
The remaining pizza faces were completed on Thursday - great fun was had by all and we heard they were greatly enjoyed at home.
Reading Books / Key words and Mathletics login:
 
Hi All,
 
We hope you have enjoyed having a book to read at home. We have added a little set of keywords today (in the plastic wallet at the front of the reading record) these are for you to practice at home but please keep them in your diary so we can also access them at school and add new once a week.
 
Please could we also encourage reading books to be in school every day. We will aim to change books on a Tuesday and Thursday but often look at them on others days too.
 
Mathetics logins have also been put into book bags for you to access at home.
 
Happy Reading!
 
Class 1 team.
 
PE
Today in PE we revisited our throwing skills.  We had to listen really carefully to the instructions in order to stay safe.  We had to make sure we were watching where we were as well as making sure we were throwing our beanbag safely.  It can be very tempting to touch the equipment when it is in front of us but we now know that it won't run off so the temptation wasn't so bad this week!  We also went on the climbing equipment.  I think this was our favourite part.  We were all very brave at going over the a-frame rope ladder.
Numbers in our environment.
 
Today we talked about why we use numbers.  Lots of us said 'because we say them when we count'.  We talked about how saying our numbers do help us know how many things there are, however, they are also used for so many other things in our lives.  We decided to go on a number hunt to see the numerals in context and work out what the numerals jobs were.  We learnt that numbers are not just for counting...
  • We saw numbers on the clock - this helps us tell the time
  • We saw telephone numbers - to know how to contact that person
  • We saw numbers on instructions - to tell which order to do the jobs in
  • We saw numbers in the date - so we know which number of the month we are on
  • We saw numbers on our shoes - now we know what size we are
  • We saw numbers on the gate - this helps people get in and out if they know the secret code
  • We saw numbers on thermostat - they tell us the temperature of the school
  • We saw prices - these tell us how much things are
  • We saw numbers on a house - this tells us the number of the house on that road
It was really important to discuss the different roles of these numerals because we don't just use them to count.
Our Five Senses
 
This week we have started learning about our 5 senses.  We have had lots of different activities around the classroom to help us use our five senses and learn about when we use them.  We have been playing 'I Spy', we've been investigating the changes that occurs when ice melts and how the temperature feels, we've made shakers to listen to, we've used clipboards and gone around the classroom drawing the things we can hear, see, smell, taste and touch and we've also discussed how our snacks and lunch taste.  We have also enjoyed going on hunts around the school grounds to find new things. 
Fruit tasting - we have explored lots of different types of fruit. we explored what they looked like, how they felt and the texture of them the smells before and after they were cut and finally how they tasted. We all tried everything and we had such great conversations about all of the fruits.
Planting bulbs and plants for Dove cottage ...

Woodland Walks

We are extremely lucky to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and we would love the be able to continue our learning in the outdoors. Below are the dates we are hoping to go on a walk up in to the woods.  We will be going in the afternoons around 1:15pm – 2:45pm.  We will be using staff from school to allow us to be in line with the guidelines and ratios.

 

On these days, please ensure that your child brings in appropriate outerwear (waterproof coat with a hood or overalls) and footwear (walking boots/wellies) to change in to. The walking terrain can be a little uneven so we want the children to be as prepared as possible.  We will aim to go out in all weather (excluding icy conditions) to make the most of our wonderful woodland walks.  We apologise that we do not have any spare items to lend.

 

 

Thursday 12th November

Thursday 3rd December

Thursday 14th January

Thursday 11th February

Thursday 11th March

Thursday 22nd April

Thursday 20th May

Thursday 1st July (picnic lunch details and times nearer the time)

 

Animal Smarty Pilates - we had great fun completing our Smarty Pilates getting our bodies into all sorts of positions to mimic lots of different animals. we built strength in our whole body - what a great job.
Magic Potions ...
 
We had great fun making magic potion adding worms (pipe cleaners), maggots (bird seed), dry skin (leaves ) and much more t help us mix a potion to keep us safe for Halloween. We aid the magic words, abracadabra,  and released the spell to ensure it worked well.
We've had a wonderful couple of weeks back.  Last week started off with the celebration of 'Halloween'.  We talked about how it was going to be bit different this year but discussed how some of us would be celebrating at home.  We made spooky spider webs, decorated bats and read lots of Winnie the Witch stories.
 
This week had been a great start with Bonfire Night.  We have a campfire in the roleplay with fireworks in the beautiful night sky.  We have really enjoyed adding a storyline to our play and using this area.  We have also done lots of creative tasks and watched a firework display.  We also received a letter in class with a mission! The letter gave us the task of ordering all our numbers so the rockets could take off! We completed the mission just in time.  We can't wait for the rest of week to explore the story of Francis the Firefly and learn all about fire safety.