Have a wonderful, restful summer break. See you again on Wednesday 29th August.

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Mrs Weston, Mrs Howell and Mrs Heward welcome you back to our final half term in Class 1.  We hope you have all had a relaxing half term and are eager to return to school as we look forward to yet another fun packed half term of learning.   


This half term our topic is entitled


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We will be launching our new topic during the first day back with children coming to school dressed as pirates. We will be emerging ourselves into the life of a pirate and thinking about what things we would like to learn about, create and do. 


Our author of the year is Julia Donaldson. Our artist of the year is Henri Matisse.

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


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focusing on changes and transition into Year 1. We will share some lesson times with the current Year 1 children and get a feel for what life is like in Class 2. We will discuss and address any worries the children may have. We will also be looking at rules and discussing right and wrong. 

Communication, Language & Literacy We will share different stories, poems and non fiction books about pirates, discussing new words and their meanings.   We will continue to look at non-fiction books and their features, concentrating on diagrams and labelling.  We will continue to revise sounds already learned in our phonics sessions, and will also be looking at alternative ways of writing sounds.    
Mathematical Development We will be learning about the number bonds to 5 and 10 and continuing to work on addition and subtraction, recapping more than and less than.  We will continue and extend work on doubling and halving.  Classroom activities will continue to provide opportunities to develop counting, number recognition and ordering numbers.  We will also continue to practise counting in twos, tens and counting backwards.  
Physical Development We will continue to develop our cursive handwriting as we recap letters during our phonics sessions. We will be continuing to provide opportunities to practise and develop cutting skills, balancing skills and coordination skills.  With Sports day in mind, we will be focusing on athletics skill and games. 
Understanding of the world We will be asking questions and finding out the answers to our own questions using books and the internet. We will learn about what life as a pirate would have been like.  We will be investigating floating and sinking in our science work.  We will also be learning about the world, the sea and different countries by looking at globes, atlases and maps. 
Expressive Arts and Design We will continue our learning about Henri Matisse, learning about his style and using this style to create our own works of art, based on pirates and boats.  We will be using different materials and media to create pictures and representations of all things pirate themed from hats and flags to treasure and maps .  We will also be taking on the roles of pirates as we explore our very own pirate ship in our classroom.  We will continue to exploring sounds and music patterns using different percussion instruments and learn pirate songs to perform in our class assembly. 

 We look forward to sharing some of this work with parents in our class assembly on Wednesday 11th July.


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

We will be sharing some of our Literacy and Maths lessons with the children from Class 2 in order to

prepare the children for next year. 

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
10.20-10.35am Playtime and Snack
10.35-10.45am Milk / Water / social learning
10.45 - 11.00 am Speaking and Listening - Show & Tell/ WOW vouchers

11.00 - 12.00pm Literacy
12.00 - 1.00pm Lunchtime
1.05-1.20 Assembly
Afternoon activities include PE, Music, Science, Art, History and Geography (Expressive Arts and Design, and Understanding the World)

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


Once again, we can not thank you enough for all the WOW vouchers that continue to be sent in.  We have loved reading them and sharing them with the whole class.  They are a great way to share your child's learning and development out of school with us. 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 Mondays and Wednesdays so please make sure all PE kits are in school on these days.  Please remember to come to school wearing PE kits on Wednesdays.

Phonics and Maths Homework will  be given out on Thursdays and due in on a Monday/Tuesday.

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......

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