Class 1 2020-2021

Welcome to Class 1!

We can't wait to start this school year as we have lots of exciting things planned but most of all because we get to finally meet you lovely lot!

Our topic this half term is ‘Amazing Me’.  During this topic we will be learning about each other, our feelings, our bodies, our senses, keeping healthy and our families.  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: ‘From Head to Toe’ By Eric Carle, ‘Monkey Puzzle’ by Julia Donaldson and ‘The Selfish Crocodile’ by Faustin Charles.

Reading is something we love to do and we really hope you can share this experience with your child.  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.  There will be more information about the children specific reading targets once they receive their first reading book.  Once you have read with your child, please write a note in their reading log to let us know how they got on. 

In Class 1 P.E is done every Monday. 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

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
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.
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.