Class 1 2021-2022
WOW! What a fantastic first half term we have had. It has been an absolute delight getting to know you all and making friendships.
We are very excited about our next half term topic. It is called ‘Celebrations’ and during this topic, we will be learning all about the different things we celebrate with our individual families, as well as the celebration of Diwali. Some of our weekly themes for this half terms topic are Bonfire Night, Diwali and Christmas. These themes will link to a story and support our free choice activities around the room and outdoors. Some of the books we will be looking at this half term are: ‘Rama and Sita’, ‘Francis the Firefly’, ‘The Gunpowder Plot’, ‘Room on a Broom’, ‘The Dinosaur that Pooped Christmas’ and ‘The Christmas Story’. We will also continue to explore our local area through our woodland walks (dates to be released) as well as preparing and cooking traditional foods for the celebrations.
We don’t ask for much in Class 1, but we do ask you to listen to your child read and practice their key words 4 times a week. 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 that they 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 and practiced their key words, please write a note in their reading log to let us know how they got on. Please can children bring their reading log, reading book and key words to school everyday. This is because over the week, we will aim to listen to your child read at least once and these reading days are not set to timetable.
In Class 1, P.E is done every Friday. It is very important that each child bring their school P.E kit (shorts/joggers, hoodie/jumper, t-shirt and trainers). 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 Class 1, including the children bringing and taking responsibility of their belongings, entering the classroom on their own, putting on their own coats, getting changed for P.E and accessing activities independently. Any support with encouraging your children independence in and out of school 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, each Reception 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 and if you ever have any queries about your child's education please talk to any of the class 1 staff.
Mrs Bailey and Mrs Hatherley
- "The heart pumps our blood around our body and keeps us alive"
- Our lungs breathe in the air that we need"
- "Our intestines moves our food through our body and makes poo!"
- "Our liver soaks up all the good things and cleans our blood"
- "Our skin keeps everything in. It is the biggest organ of our body and helps us to feel"
- "Our brain sends messages to our body parts to tell them what to do"
- "Our kidneys take out all the bad stuff and makes wee"