Class 1

Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1

Welcome to Class 1

Class 1 is a mixed Reception and Year 1 class, where we learn through a mixture of guided teacher inputs and activities carefully planned through our continuous provision areas.

 The adults who support us in our learning are:

Mr Longworth – Class Teacher

Mrs Davies – Morning Teaching Assistant

Mrs Woods – Afternoon Teaching Assistant

Mrs Gorman – PPA Cover

In class 1, children are encouraged to be active learners, to ask questions and to enjoy all the challenges that are set up in the different continuous provision areas of the classroom, both indoor and outdoor. 

The children have almost continuous access to our outdoor area, so it is essential that your child has a coat in school each day, and a sun hat in the warmer months.

PE kits are required twice a week, and we prefer them to be kept in school. They will be sent home each half term to be washed, and should be returned promptly.

Children receive homework once a week, which is an extension and reinforcement of the weeks learning. Therefore, it is essential to the children’s learning that homework is returned promptly the following week.

Year 1 children also receive weekly spellings, which are to be practiced at home for a spelling test on Fridays with Mrs Davies.

As always, children’s learning is a partnership between staff and parents, so if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to come and speak to Mr Longworth after school. Thank you.

 

 We will keep you updated about the activities your child has participated in by regularly adding photographs of our learning. These can be found in the gallery at the bottom of the page. 

In the EYFS the names of the phonics and reading schemes we use are:

Phonics Bug

Oxford Reading Tree

Jolly Phonics

Letters and Sounds

 

If you require further information relating to the current curriculum please see the class teacher.

 

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This half term Class 1 have enjoyed learning about the story of Easter. We have explored the changes that take place all around us during the season of spring, and have grown cress and beans so we could see how huge changes can occur in front of our eyes!
We have sequenced the events leading up to the death of Jesus and his resurrection on Easter Day and enjoyed playing an exciting game of pass the Easter parcel.
Reception worked hard to produce beautiful chalk crosses to display in our classroom. Year 1 also created crosses to reflect happy and sad colours. They then added events from the Easter story, they thought about which events brought joy and which brought sadness.
Happy Easter class 1

---Friday 9th March 2018---

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Literacy

Reception children have been using their phonics to read sentences this week. We have also been writing speech bubbles for the characters from Toy Story.

Year 1 children have been using adjectives to describe the characters from Toy Story, and also their bedrooms. We have had some fantastic ‘wow’ words not only to describe appearance, but personality and feelings too.

We have continued to read with an adult in class this week.  Please could you ensure the children bring their home reading books to school every day in their book bag.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning to count in 2’s and 5’s.

Reception children have continued to learn about the number system, and measuring weight.

 

Other learning this week!

This week children have created wonderful craft creations for a special day coming up.

As part of our ‘Toys from the Past’ topic, children were treated to some special toys from staff’s childhoods. The children really enjoyed having the chance to play with some of the old toys, and to ask questions about them. We talked about the materials they are made out of, and whether they are available today.

Children had a chance to play on some retro games, and we even used some Pokémon cards to have a Pokémon battle!

 

Thank you for making your appointments for our parent’s interviews. I look forward to seeing you all next week, and celebrating your children’s progress so far this year!

 

Mr Longworth, and the Class 1 team.


As another half term draws to an end. I would like to thank all parents for their hard work in ensuring that children are working hard at home. Reading is essential, and it is encouraging to read children’s reading diaries and to see how many children are reading every night as expected. This hard work will work in the favour of your children in the summer, when we come to look at those all important early learning goals. 

-Topics-
Class 1 have enjoyed the final few tasks on our topics this last week or so. Year 1 children ended their Traditional Tales topic with some drama around Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We also linked fairystakes to our map work, by exploring what made a good map, and making a map of The Three Little Pigs forest, making sure to add the key feature we discussed. 

Reception children linked their cold climates topic to an art project. They designed and made a jumper to keep them warm.

-Chinese New Year-
We have enjoyed learning about Chinese New Year, and exploring the topic through lots of different craft activities. We made Chinese drums and dragons, amongst other things. 

-Science-
Children explored the properties of materials, and carried out an experiment to test them.
New Playground
 
Class 1's playground has had a wonderful make over this week. It caused much excitement amongst all of the children in school. They were very intrigued as to what the work men were doing and couldn't wait to see the markings develop. There has been a new road and a large target amongst other things. The children could not wait to get outside and use it once the work had been completed on Friday afternoon.
Year 1 Snuggly Scarves
 
Linked to their science topic of materials, Year 1 recently completed their design and technology project to make snuggly scarves. The children had to design and then make their own scarf, that would be suitable for a cold climate. The children used a design sheet to draw and plan the design and pattern they wanted on their scarf. Mrs Davies kindly knitted a base scarf for the children who then used their new skills to decorate it. Using a needle and thread, each of the Year 1's were able to, independently, sew a pattern on to the scarf. They could then choose gems and shapes to glue on to create their own unique scarf.
I think you'll agree they have done a fantastic job.

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Learning this Week.

During our literacy this week our main focus has been to explore and learn about traditional tales. We have read Jack and The Beanstalk together, as a class. We have also been looking at and discussing alternative versions of Jack and the Beanstalk. Class 1 have also learnt and recorded a song and actions linked to Jack and the Beanstalk. 

WATCH THE VIDEO OF OUR SONG BELOW

Another favourite traditional tale Class 1 have been exploring, is Little Red Riding Hood. Using drama, the children have re-enacted the story of Little Red Riding Hood in small groups.

 

Our maths this week, has also been linked with traditional tales. The Reception children have been looking at comparing sizes. They compared the size of Jack's beanstalk at different stages of it's growth. They used language such as bigger than and smaller than. The children also used this language to compare the sizes of the giant's golden eggs. The Reception children have also been using their addition skills this week. They were counting how many cakes Little Red Riding  hood had in each basket and then adding them together.

The Year 1 children have been continuing to develop their mathematical knowledge of addition and subtraction. They tackled a wide range of problem solving using addition and subtraction in a practical way.

 Mr Longworth and the Class 1 team!

 

 

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Learning this week!

This week children have completed their wind socks, and we have hung them on the trees outside so that we can monitor the wind direction.  The children began to make Diva Lamps, in celebration of Diwali with Mrs Gorman.

We have learnt a song about our bodies, and added actions to help us to remember the words. Why not ask the children to perform it at home?

We have also been using our sense of taste this week. Year 1 tasted crisps, and were tasked with identifying their flavour. Reception children were tasting fruit, and giving their opinions. It is safe to say from the photographs that we liked some more than others!

 

This week we have learnt about Remembrance Day and why we have it. We made our own poppies, from tissue paper and card. On Remembrance Sunday, our poppy was laid at the cenotaph outside the church.

 

Literacy

Reception children have been using their phonics to blend CVC words this week, and to match the words to the pictures.

Year 1 children have been writing about Autumn this week.  We have been practicing leaving spaces after words, to make the sentences easier to for the reader to understand. On Friday the children had a go at writing some Autumn acrostic poems. Some of these will hopefully be displayed on our wall as part of our Autumn display.

We have continued to read with an adult in class this week, please could you ensure the children bring their home reading books to school every day in their book bag.

 

Maths

This week we have continued learning about the number system, and how the numbers get bigger or smaller when we count forwards and back.

Year 1 have learnt about the number line, ordinal numbers and ordering groups of objects according to their quantity.

 

Thank you to all parents who made the time to see me at Parents Interviews. I enjoyed being able to speak to you about how your children have settled in.

 

Mr Longworth, and the Class 1 team.

Friday 15th December 2017

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Whoops-a-Daisy Angel

The children have dazzled us this week with their performances in our Christmas Spectacular, Whoops-a-Daisy Angel. Year 1 children displayed their fantastic acting skills, taking on various roles. While children in reception performed their Angel Dance better than in rehearsal. We are very proud of the children and would also like to thank all parents, grandparents and other family members who took the time to come and see the show.

 

Literacy

Reception children have been doing some fantastic writing this week. Writing about their news from the weekend, a letter for Santa and also writing about The First Christmas story.

Year 1 children have been learning about The First Christmas, and have been sequencing the story, before writing it in their own words.

We have continued to read with an adult in class this week, please could you ensure the children bring their home reading books to school every day in their book bag.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning about addition. Reception children have been learning to count two groups of objects to find a total.

Year 1 have been recapping their learning about number bonds, and finding the missing numbers from a part whole model.

 

 

Mr Longworth, and the Class 1 team.

Friday 6th October 2017

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Learning this week!

This week we have continued to learn about Autumn, and looked at the changes in the weather! We discussed how the days become shorter, and the temperature is beginning to drop. On this note, please could you ensure that the children arrive at school with a warm coat, as we continue to learn outdoors, even in the colder months.

 

Literacy

The children have been describing woodland animals this week. We read the book ‘Who Am I?’ and guessed the animals being described in the riddles.

Year 1 children even had a go at using adjectives to write riddles of their own, and read them to reception children, asking them to work out which animal they wrote about.

We have continued to read with an adult in class this week, please could you ensure the children bring their home reading books to school every day in their book bag.

 

Maths

This week we have been learning about the number system, and how the numbers get bigger or smaller when we count forwards and back.

Year 1 have learnt about ‘one more’ and ‘one less’, and enjoyed hunting for numbers outside and recording the number that comes before and after them. Year 1 have also been comparing numbers, and deciding which numbers are greater than, less than and equal to.

 

I am looking forward to seeing you all next week for parents interviews, and discussing how your children have settled in so far this year.

 

Mr Longworth, and the Class 1 team.

Friday 29th September 2017

Please could we remind you to write your child’s name in any item of clothing that they wear to school, as this will help them in becoming more independent in finding their own belongings.

 

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Learning this week!

We are half way through the first half term of this school year, and the children have settled into school life perfectly.

This week we started our new topic of Autumn. The children have been bringing in some autumn findings for our investigation area, and we have explored the seasons, and how weather affects us.

Year 1 have made a rain gauge, to measure the amount of rain that falls each week and two groups of reception children made a wind sock, so that we can measure which direction the wind blows in (photos are attached).

 

RE

This week Class 1 have begun to learn about the story and celebrations associated with the Hindu festival of Diwali.

 

We really enjoyed listening to the story of Rama and Sita. The children were then keen to act out the exciting events of the story. They used masks and puppets to retell the story, and worked together to pretend to be the demon with 20 arms and 10 heads!

 

We are looking forward to learning more about this story, and finding out how Hindus celebrate this special time of year.

 

Mr Longworth, and the Class 1 team.

Friday 22nd September 2017

 

We have had a busy few weeks since the start of term. The children have settled in really well, and are building positive relationships with their peers and the adults who support them.

Our new reception children have enjoyed being ‘shown the ropes’ by our year 1 children, who have been very helpful and welcoming towards them.

Our topic for this half term is ‘You and Me, Me and You’. During this topic, we are going to be learning about ourselves, and the human body. The children have enjoyed naming and identifying the key parts of the body, and learning about our senses. The children enjoyed using their sense of touch, to describe some items they could not see.

We have been exploring what makes us, us! As we learn about our emotions, and how we can be thankful for the things we have, through learning about our gospel value of ‘thankfulness’.

 

Please could we remind you to write your child’s name in any item of clothing that they wear to school, as this will help them in becoming more independent in finding their own belongings.

 

We look forward to working with you this year, and will be in touch regarding some informative sessions you can attend to ensure your child gets the best out of their learning.

 

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