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Welcome to Class 1
Mrs Weston, Mrs Howell and Mrs Heward welcome you to Class 1.  We are really looking forward to a fun packed term of learning. 


This half term our topic is entitled

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We will begin the term by getting to know each other better, learning about our similarities and differences, likes and dislikes and finding out how we learn best.  We will then be emerging ourselves into the life of super heroes, 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. We will be doing work inspired by these throughout the year.

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


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be focusing on all things new - new rules, routines, friends and surroundings. We will be finding out about one another, learning about what we like, dislike, what we do best and what we'd each like to learn about.  We will be basing a lot of our work on the story and characters from the film 'Finding Nemo' and will be celebrating our differences and similarities. 

Communication, Language & Literacy We will be sharing our learning journeys together and be talking about the things we have done over the summer.  We will be sharing poems and rhymes, discussing new words and expanding our vocabulary. We will also be listening out for rhyming words. We will be reading different stories about super heroes and use our imaginations to think about what our super powers would be if we were super heroes.  We will begin to learn letter sounds in our phonic sessions, and will be learning how to blend and segment sounds to read and spell words.  We will be reading and joining in with stories written by Julia Donaldson.    
Mathematical Development We will be learning about numbers - recognising, counting, ordering and writing.  We will be measuring in simple ways using non standard units. We will be using the language involved in addition and subtraction.  Classroom activities will  provide opportunities to develop counting, number recognition and ordering numbers.  
Physical Development We will practising changing into our PE kits and organising our own kits. During PE lessons, we will be exploring different ways of travelling and balancing as well as developing our hand-eye coordination using a range of different equipment. We will be practising doing and undoing zips and buttons.  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 We will be asking questions and finding out the answers to our own questions using books and the internet. We will learn about ourselves and our bodies and about the five 'super senses'.  We will be investigating our senses in our science work.  We will learn how to use the class computer and whiteboard to enhance our learning. We will earn how to use the Ipads to take photos, record our work and use the different learning apps we have available to us. 
Expressive Arts and Design We will be using different materials and media to create pictures and representations of all things super hero themed.  We will also be taking on the roles of super heroes as we explore our very own super hero head quarters in our classroom.  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.

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 - 11.35 am Literacy or Maths

11.35 - 12.00pm Shared Reading
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 Show and Tell

3.15 Hometime


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


Please 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 recieved 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 Mondays or Tuesdays (With Mrs Weston) and Wednesdays (With Mr Waldon) so please make sure all PE kits are in school on these days. 
Phonics Homework  will begin during the first couple of weeks. It will be given out on a Thursday and due in on a Monday/Tuesday.  Please place completed homework books into the homework box as you arrive into school. Maths homework will begin later on in the term. 

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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