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Swithland St Leonard's CofE Primary School

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Class One

Welcome to Class 1!

We hope you have all had a very relaxing half term holiday.  We hope you are feeling refreshed and ready to continue your

learning journey in Class 1.  


This half term our topic will be entitled.......


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

The children will have chance to think about some of the things they would like to do and to learn about in this topic and we aim to plan those ideas into our learning. Each week we will focus on different groups of animals, starting with Farm animals.

Our new topic begins with an exciting visit to a farm.
These are the things we will be covering through the following areas of development .....


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will continue working on building relationships, turn taking and sharing. We will be thinking about how we can keep our bodies healthy.  We will also look at how to keep animals safe and how to care for them.  We will continue our work on the film 'Inside Out' and will be discussing our feelings and how we manage different feelings and emotions.   

Communication, Language & Literacy We will share lots of different animal stories and talking about them.  We will begin our work on storytelling and will concentrate on The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.  We shall read these stories and draw story maps for them, adding in our own changes.  We will continue to learn new sounds in our phonics sessions, building up to segmenting and blending words independently.  
Mathematical Development Activities will provide opportunities to develop counting, number recognition and ordering numbers.  We will also be learning the days, months and seasons in a year.  We shall begin work on positional language and measuring lengths and weights.  
Physical Development We will develop our cursive handwriting as we learn new letters during our phonics sessions. Practising and developing our cutting skills . Practising our balancing skills and coordination skills.  Practising doing zips, buttons and changing independently. We will also be talking about how to care for living things.  We will be continuing our work in PE and also learning some dances to animal stories.
Understanding of the world Asking questions and finding out the answers to our own questions using books and the internet. Learning about different animals and the different places they live.  We will also be finding out about Remembrance Day, Christmas and other special days.  We will be using the computer and Ipad to play simple games that reinforce our learning.    
Expressive Arts and Design We will be learning about Henri Matisse, learning about his style and replicating some of his famous works of art. We shall be exploring and using clay to create an animal.  We will also be sewing decorations.  We will create music to represent fireworks and make our own musical sequences.  


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

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 - 12.00 am 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


Thank you so very much for all the the WOW vouchers that have already been 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.  

Phonics Homework will  be given out on Thursdays and due in on a Monday.
Maths Homework will begin after this half term and will also be given out on Thursdays and due in on a Monday, the same as Phonics homework.
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!