Welcome to Class 1
Class 1 is our Reception and Year 1 class and our teachers are Mrs Salmon (Class Teacher) and Mrs Dickinson (Classroom Support).
Learning in Class 1
In Class 1 the children have fantastic opportunities to learn and play together in the indoor and outdoor classrooms. We believe that the best learning happens through play both child initiated and teacher directed. The curriculum is delivered through a combination of whole class activities, adult led group activities and child led activities. Find out more about our Long Term Plans and Curriculum on our website.
Spring Term 2019
Happy New Year, I hope you all had a lovely Christmas break. I am looking forward to the year ahead! Here is some information about this term, which I hope you will find useful.
Reception and Yr1 children will be focusing on the following mathematical aspects:
- Number and place value
- Addition and Subtraction
- 2D and 3D shape
- Doubling and Fractions (Yr1)
During Spring term, Class 1 will be studying a variety of texts to link with our topic space, including, Whatever Next, Alien Tea at Planet Zum-Zee and Man on the Moon. Whilst studying these stories we will be developing our skills in;
- Exploring story language and story structure.
- Compose questions
- Read, predict and retell familiar stories.
- Begin to develop inference skills
- Creative narrative writing
Reception will be continuing to develop their phonic awareness and begin to write simple words and phrases independently, using these stories as a stimulus. Year 1 will be taking part in regular phonic activities in addition to their Read Write Inc sessions in preparation for their phonic test in the summer term. In addition to this, please ensure your child is reading regularly and making a brief commentary in their reading record book every week.
The theme this half term will be the Local Church unit where our topic will be “celebrate”. This topic will be looking at how people celebrate in church and why. We will be learning all about Jesus and the presentation in the temple. We will also focus on aspects of the Islamic faith during our Islam focus week. We then have a Eucharist topic, in which we will explore how people gather for mass and the order of mass. In our final topic, “growing”, we will be learning about Lent and Easter and how we grow in love during this time.
As part of our topic “Space”, Class 1 will be looking at planets and space travel. We will also be thinking about how astronauts prepare for space including what they eat and wear. Class 1 will begin to investigate forces and gravity. Class 1 will be exploring forces further with a workshop delivered by Captain Chemistry.
Computing will be integrated into different areas of the curriculum. Children will continue to learn how to be safe online while using computers within various lessons. We will be learning about satellites and how they help in everyday lives.
Please ensure your child has the correct kit in school and their uniform is clearly labelled. Children will be continuing to develop their fundamental movement skills using the story “Aliens in Underpants” as a stimulus.
Topic this half term will be “Space”. We will be finding out about Neil Armstrong and learning lots about his life and how he documented his moon walk. We will be comparing the video footage from the past to videos of the moon from the present day. In art, we will be learning about Vincent Van Gogh and creating our own “Starry Night” painting. We will also begin to distinguish primary and secondary colours. Class 1 will also be taking part in a cooking workshop ran by Sarah McAllister.
The theme this half term is ‘Going for Goals’, focusing specifically on what we are good at and how we persist. This topic will explore learning how to celebrate our achievements and to support our friends in achieving goals.
Please ensure your child has their reading book in school every day and you write a short comment in their reading record book. Year 1 will be given spellings on a Friday and these will be tested the following Friday, homework will also be given on a Friday to be returned to school the following Wednesday.
Should you have any questions regarding your child’s education, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs L Salmon