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Welcome back Class 1

We hope you have had a great Easter.


This half term we will be continuing our topic 


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We have butterflies!

Last half term Class 1 had been carefully observing caterpillars grow and change. Before we broke up each of our caterpillars had made their chrysalis and we were patiently waiting for them to emerge as butterflies. Unfortunately this didn't happen before we broke up for the holidays, so  Mrs Weston had the important job of looking after them at home.  Over Easter our butterflies emerged out of their chrysalises and Mrs Weston let them fly free. We have taken photos (see below) and video footage of this to share with the class. 

During this topic we will be learning about mini-beasts and plants. 


Class 1 with also be joining the Year 1 children over in Class 2 for some of their Literacy and Maths lessons in the first couple of weeks back.  This will help support their transition into Year 1 after the summer. The children have enjoyed these lessons so far and it has been lovely to see their learning and independence develop further. 


Our author of the year continues to be Julia Donaldson. Our artist of the year continues to be Henri Matisse.

We will continue to do work inspired by these throughout this topic.

These are the things we will be covering through the following areas of development .....


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be looking at ways of solving conflict and discussing the Christian value of forgiveness.  We will be discussing ways we can take care of our environment and how we can look after God's creatures. We will be talking about our similarities and differences and celebrate our differences. We will be discussing fears and how we can overcome these. 

Communication, Language & Literacy

Our focus for this half term will be on the story of 'The Enormous Turnip'. 

We will continue to learn how to read, follow and create our own story maps and will develop our use of story language.  We will be reading different stories and information books about plants and mini-beasts and discussing new words.  We will continue our work in phonics and will now be moving into Phase 4.   We will be learning new high frequency words, reading and how to write them and using them within our independent reading and writing.   

Mathematical Development

We will be continuing our learning of numbers - recognising, counting, ordering and writing.  We will be learning how to count in 2s, and 10s and use this to help us in our counting of money.  We continue to look at doubles of numbers and  number bonds.  We will continue to learn about the concept of halving objects and numbers and sharing out equally. 

We will be measuring and comparing weights of different fruits and vegetables and will be comparing and measuring capacity. 

Physical Development We will be continue to practise changing into our PE kits and organising our own kits. During PE lessons, we will be focusing on games and athletics.  We will  be developing our hand-eye coordination using a range of different equipment.  As we learn different letters during our phonics sessions we will be learning how to form these correctly using our school's chosen cursive style.   We will be providing lots of opportunities to practise and develop  cutting skills and coordination skills.   
Understanding of the world

As we begin a new half term, we will be learning about trust as one of our Christian values.  We will learn how this can relate to us and our own lives.  We will be investigating how plants grow and what things they need in order to grow.  We will be learning about mini-beasts and will learn about their habitats.  We will continue to use the I Pads and our class computer to enhance our learning, using them to find extra information and images.  We will be continuing to learn how to type our names and learn how to use mouse pads on laptops. 

Expressive Arts and Design

We will be using different materials and media to create 2D and 3D representations of flowers, plants and mini-beasts.  We will be adopting the style of Henri Matisse to create topic based pictures. We will be exploring sounds and music patterns using different percussion instruments. 



Throughout the term we will also be focusing on individual targets in both Literacy and Maths.


We look forward to sharing some of the work we have done with you in our Class Collective Worship at the end of the term. 

Mrs Weston will work on  Mondays and Tuesdays .
Mrs Howell will work on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 
Mrs Heward will be on hand to support our learning throughout the week.

A typical day in Class 1:

8.50am  Doors open
9.00am  Registration 
9.05-9.25am  Phonics
9.25-10.20am Maths or Literacy
10.20-10.35am Playtime and Snack
10.35-10.45am Milk / Water / social learning
10.45 - 11.00am Show and Tell

11.00-12.00am Literacy or Maths

12.00 - 1.00pm Lunchtime
1.05-1.20 Assembly
1.20-2.40 Afternoon activities ( PE, Music, Science, Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World)

2.45 Shared Reading

3.15 Home time


Learning Journeys

In school we document learning that we observe using written observations and photographs.  All Learning Journeys are shared with children and they can access them independently to revisit and share with friends. There will also be opportunities for parents to look through learning journeys too.

WOW vouchers

Thank you for all of the WOW vouchers we have received so far. The children have loved sharing their achievements with the rest of their class.  Please continue to help us to celebrate your child's development by sharing with us their 'WOW' moments that they have out of school. Have they done something new? Have they impressed you with something? Have they been trying really hard with something? Have they received a certificate or merit in one of their hobbies? Please fill in a WOW voucher so that we can read these out in class and share their learning and development.   WOW vouchers can be collected from the classroom and taken home to be filled in and returned so that we can share their WOW moments with the rest of the class.  All Wow vouchers are filed within the children's learning journeys.    


PE will be on Tuesdays (With Mrs Weston) and Wednesdays (With Mr Waldon) so please make sure all PE kits are in school on these days. 
Phonics and Maths Homework  will be given out on a Thursday and due in on a Monday.  Please place completed homework books into the homework box as you arrive at school. 

Please try to read regularly with your child at home and sign reading record books.  Reading books and library books will be changed once a week.

Please do feel free to come in and see us if you have any questions or concerns, or if you have any resources which you think might support our topic.

Don't forget to take a look at the links below to help support your child's learning...…

Have you seen the Kids' Zone? Play games, and visit some cool websites. You can vote for your favourites! 

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