Class 1 2018


Welcome to Class 1!


The topic for Spring 1 is 'Favourite Stories'. During this topic we will be looking at lots of different stories, some more familiar than others. These themes will link to a story and support our free choice activities around the room and outdoors. See if you can guess some of the books we will be looking at from our display picture below.  We will be discussing our predictions each week and then unwrapping and revealing our story of the week one by one.

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, jumper/hoodie 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.

Mrs Bailey

Goldilocks and the three bears inspired us to make porridge.  We worked with each other to measure the porridge oats and discussed where milk comes from.  We watched the changes that happened once the porridge was heated up.  It smelt delicious!  Just like Goldilocks, we all had our own preferences of how we like our porridge to be.  We cooled it down with cold milk and then some us added raisins and/or peaches.  After trying, we shared whether we liked the taste of was a mixed vote.
Today we made Isla Stones in preparation to our next woodland walk.  We learnt all about a little girl called Isla who had a tumour on her spine.  Unfortunately this made Isla unable to walk.  We talked about Isla and how she had to use a wheelchair.  We also watched a video that Isla made telling us all about the stones.  We decided to decorate our own #Islastones.  We will then leave them in the forest for someone to find, hopefully they will email us a picture and this will raise awareness of the #Islastones cause.
In maths this week we have been looking at 1 more and 1 less of a number/amount.  We decided to use our shoes to help us work our the answers as we have ben looking at The Elves and the Shoemakers story this week.  We chose a starting number and then decided whether we were going to find 1 more or 1 less of that number.  We discussed what more and less meant and if we were going to add or takeaway.  Using our shoes meant we could physically see and move the amounts around.
We have had a wonderful trip to the theatre to kick start our topic! We went to watch 'The Elves and the Shoemakers' with class 2.  We travelled there on the bus and then went in to a cosy studio to watch the story come to life.  We loved getting involved and helping the characters with their props.  We also helped make the sound effects.  We haven't stopped talking about it until we got home (apart from some of us who had a snooze on the bus).  Thank you to all the adult helpers to offered to come and help us.
What a wonderful time making mincepies we have had!  First of all, a huge thank you to the adults that came to lend a helping hand.  We very much appreciated it because with 14 little children, that meant 140 sticky fingers to contend with, so thank you for giving up your time to come and spend time with us in Class 1.  As you can see from the photos 90% of the mincepie baking process (and mess - kust kidding) was done by the children, us adults just provided helping hand on the reading and measuring of the ingredients.  They smell delicious and we can't wait to try them tomorrow with our milk.
Today we made chocolate reindeers.  Although this was very yummy and exciting, it was also for us to learn how to follow instructions.  Over the week we have been following and giving instructions.  When we made the chocolate reindeers, we had to remember the method we used to tell our friends and we learnt how important it was to say the instructions in order.  We will then go on to write the instructions tomorrow.
This week we read the story 'The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas!'.  We discussed why Danny received a dinosaur egg - this was because he asked for far too much when he already had lots.  The children thought very hard about what they could write to Father Christmas.  Some chose to ask for something politely, others wanted to make a wish and others wanted to see how Santa was and share with him what they liked doing.  Today we were very lucky to have lots of adult helpers to help us post our letters to Father Christmas.  The children worked very hard to write their letters, we have popped a copy in their reading logs.  We hope you enjoy them too.
Woodland Walks in Class 1.
Today on our woodland walk we decided to read The Stickman.  We discussed all the different things Stickman was used for and then thought of some of our own, such as, a broomstick.  Once again, we had a wonderful time.  We also ended up using our sticks to help us on puddle watch - they were too irresistible for us not to run through and jump in!
Some of the things we did were...
  • Sung 'Stick, stick, stick, stick, sticky, sticky, stick, stick'
  • Said hello to a member of the public who was running up Tofts Hill.
  • Talked about why the ground felt even softer today that usual.
  • Used our sticks to measure how deep the puddles were and checked that they would go over our wellies
  • Chatted to our friends and our helpers all the way up and all the way down
  • Stomped, splashed and jumped in puddles again
  • Looked at hoof prints and made lots of our own foot prints
  • Compared puddle sizes and depths
  • Learnt about three types of different berries thanks to Mr King - hawthorn, blackthorn and blackberry
  • Made our own stick men as groups
  • Used our core strength and balance so we didn't slip over in the mud

We are sorry for how muddy we have returned ... but we have had the best day making memories again.

We had such a wonderful surprise today in class.  The fire fighters came with their fire engine!  We were delighted to see them waiting outside school.  They very kindly let us all spray the hose and some of us told them all about the fire hydrant outside our school.  We all had a look at the equipment and learnt why each piece of equipment was important to save lives.  We all then went inside and tried a fire fighters helmet on and looked at the breathing masks, cameras, and walkie talkies.  To say thank you, we sang 'We wish you a Merry Christmas' to the fire fighters.
Woodland Walks in Class 1.
Today on our woodland walk we were on puddle watch.  We had an absolutely brilliant time ... some children even said that it was the BEST one yet!  We had the wind, the rain, the dark clouds and the cold but this didn't stop us from getting wrapped up warm and going up to the woods.
Some of the things we did were...
  • Sung 'It's raining, it's pouring ...'
  • Said hello to a member of the public and her dog
  • Talked about where puddles come from and discussed why we think puddles are formed
  • Used rulers and cubes to measure how deep the puddles were and checked that they would go over our wellies
  • Chatted to our friends and our helpers all the way up and all the way down
  • Stomped, splashed and jumped in puddles
  • Caught the rain water on our tongues
  • Collected cupful's of water and talked about our capacity measure we've been doing in class
  • Made potions with the natural resources
  • Jumped in puddles some more!
  • Looked at paw prints and made lots of our own foot prints
  • Compared puddle sizes and depths
  • Talked about the clouds
  • Talked about why it was getting darker as we walked back to school
  • Discussed the rain and rainbows

We are sorry for how muddy we have returned ... but we have had the best day making memories!

Check out our videos and pictures.

Today we decided to spontaneously make Coconut Burfi!  The children were wondering what type of sweets people ate during Diwali.  We enjoyed measuring and mixing the ingredients.  We spread it out on a tray and then placed it in the freezer to set.  Some of us were quite impatient so got the timers out to see how long we needed to wait.  We then all had  taste... some of us liked it more than others but it was a fantastic way to finish our Diwali weeks.
We have loved Diwali!  We have had such a busy 2 weeks learning about why this celebrations is important to Hindus.  We have thoroughly enjoyed retelling the story of Rama and Sita in the role-play, dressing up in traditional Indian clothes, wearing the character masks and showing respect by taking our shows off before we enter the temple.   We have also been busy learning about Diwali artefacts such as diya lamps, rangoli pattern and mendhi patterns.  We were lucky enough to be able to explore real objects and learn about how these are made.   We have also had a go at making some of these ourselves.  During the second week we had a yummy afternoon tasting different Indian foods like poppadoms, samosas, naan breads, onion bahjis and chutneys. 
During our week celebrating Bonfire Night, we had organised for the fire engine to come and visit our school.  Unfortunately, both times this week they were called to an emergency.  We talked about how it is ok to feel a bit disappointed that they weren't coming but also how important it is that the fire fighters go to those people and places that need them.  With this in mind, we all decided that if the fire engine couldn't come to us ... we would make one!  Each and everyone one of us got involved and we loved working as a team.  We gave our ideas and listening to each other and with these wonderful skills, our fire engine was a huge success.  We collected and used different items for different things, for example, paper plates for wheels, party hats for fire fighter hats, a drum as a horn, red and yellow building blocks as lights, hand made signs as fire and a pipe as a water hose to name a few.  We played on this all day and LOVED thinking of our own scenarios to spark our own role play ideas.
We've had a great week celebrating Halloween this week.  We had a haunted house in our role play and pumpkins to carve.  We have been busy making our own spooky spiders and decorating Halloween biscuits.
Woodland Walks in Class 1.
We have had the most wonderful afternoon!  Where do we even begin? When we got back we listed it all and we wanted to tell you how much we have done...
  • We continued to explore what we could see, hear, smell and feel using our senses.
  • We raced through the fields, being careful to watch out step.
  • We discussed the different colours that the leaves had continued to change.
  • We talked about where all the puddles had gone.
  • We ran with our friends and adults pulling each other along.
  • We stood in the wind and talked about its power and direction.
  • We shared our thoughts on why the ground had big cracks in the fields.
  • We looked at the footprints of different animals, identified them and thought about which way they were walking and why.
  • We collected lots of different objects and compared these with our friends.
  • We use the magnifying glasses to look more closely at different things.
  • We talk about the effect the rubbish that was dumped had on the environment.
  • We climbed to the top of the field to admire the views.
  • We observed the change in the clouds from colour to position.
  • We walked all the way there and back loving every minute once again.
  • We used our balance and strength to climb the hills and run without falling over.
  • We had conversations with our friends and the adults we were with.
  • We enjoyed each others company.
  • We praised each other and showed interest in each others achievements.
  • We asked if we could come to the woods everyday and discussed our next adventure.

Once again, we did ourselves proud with our team work and perseverance.

Our first day in Class 1:  We have had a super time today meeting all our new friends.  We all came in beautifully and we have loved exploring the classroom inside and outside.  We went to our first assembly and had a look at the new play equipment taking shape.  At playtime we saw lots of familiar faces and enjoyed running around and playing games.  In class we have read stories, painted, built with lego, been in the role play areas, sand, water and also decorated some biscuits for the horticultural show taking place on Saturday.  It's been a busy day!
13 hungry children, 13 pizza bases, 13 set of ingredients can only mean one thing...WE MADE PIZZA FACES! What a fantastic day we have had.  We started off with discussing what foods we liked and went on to share our favourite pizza toppings.  We then sorted the foods into healthy and unhealthy and talked about where the food comes from.  We all had a go at using the interactive whiteboard to design out own pizza's and used mirrors to see all of our features.  Miss Heafford showed us how to cut the toppings carefully and then we all had a go at using the knives and boards with the 'bridge' technique.  Then it was for the toppings.  We all selected foods to make our own faces.  We can't wait to eat them...we hope they are really delicious!
We absolutely love the climbing equipment!
Woodland Walks in Class 1.
We have had the most wonderful afternoon!  Where do we even begin? When we got back we listed it all and we wanted to tell you how much we have done...
  • We explored what we can see, hear, smell and feel using our senses.
  • We raced to see who could get up the hill the fastest.
  • We did huge footsteps and listened to the noise our feet made.
  • We counted how many we reached before our friends caught up with us.
  • We discussed the different colours 1 bush gives us.
  • We discussed why some parts were more muddy than others.
  • We made footprints in the soft ground.
  • We collected sticks and measured these by comparing them.
  • We sound conkers and de-shelled them, talking about our observations.
  • We listened to the helicopter and realised it was getting closer because the noise was getting louder.
  • We predicted what other sounds could be.
  • We shared our thoughts on different textures.
  • We walked all the way there and back loving every minute.
  • We sang songs including 'Baby Shark'.
  • We had conversations with our friends and the adults we were with.
  • We co-ordinated our bodies when we were going up and down the hills.
  • We thought carefully about the shape, colour and size to make our own faces.
  • We found a spider and a ladybird and watched them move around.
  • We shared our experiences of the woods and the walks we go on.
  • We looked at an artist called Andy Goldsworthy who uses nature in his art and tried hard to make our own pictures using the natural materials we collected.
  • We found a rock and we're going to see if it has any fossils inside.
  • We enjoyed each others company.
  • We praised each other and showed interest in each others achievements.
  • We looked at our shadows and discussed how they are made and why they face a certain direction.
  • We met member of the public and showed how polite we are.
We are very proud of ourselves and can't wait to tell you all about our next adventure.





We've had a very spontaneous day after one of our classmates brought in a bird nest to school  We had a great time looking at how this was made, the materials used and watching videos on the internet of real birds making nests.  We were fascinated and learnt all about how birds like fur and feathers in their nests to keep them warm.  We decided that we could help the birds by asking people to collect animal fur from their dogs and cats.  From this we wrote a sign to the public, designed pictures and posters and fastened all of this to the school fence.  We can't wait to see all the fur be attached and watch the birds collect it for their nests.
Today we made a hedgehog house because we learnt how to feed, shelter and save hedgehogs.  Hedgehogs like to be in the hedges!  They also like to eat cat food, bugs and worms.  We decided to put our hedgehog house in the bushes, next to the bug hotel to keep them camouflaged and safe.  In the hedgehog house we have put water and some food.  We collected and used leaves and sticks to hide the house.  Some of us dug up worms and placed near the hedgehog house. (We chose to make this writing brown so it was a secret!)