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Welcome to Class 1!

We hope you all had an enjoyable summer holiday and are excited and ready to do lots of fun learning in your new class.


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


Personal, Social and Emotional Development

We will be making new friends and working on building relationships, turn taking and sharing. We will be learning about the school rules and thinking about classroom rules that keep us happy and safe.  We will be taking a close look at the film 'Inside Out' and will be discussing our feelings and how we manage different feelings and emotions. 

Communication, Language & Literacy We will be reading several stories written by Julia Donaldson and share super hero stories.  We will begin learning our letters and sounds to develop our early reading and writing. We will begin to learn our cursive handwriting.  We will be practising how to write our names correctly.
Mathematical Development Activities will provide opportunities to develop counting, number recognition, ordering numbers, shape and patterns. 
Physical Development We will learn 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.
Understanding of the world Asking questions and finding out the answers to our own questions using books and the internet. Learning about our selves, our bodies and our super senses.  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. Looking closely at colours, shapes and patterns.  Using different materials and media to make our own pictures and creations.  We shall also do food technology to make something healthy to eat! 


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.

WOW vouchers


We are looking forward to you telling us about your WOW moments and bringing in your WOW vouchers. WOW vouchers 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 half 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......

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

Super Me!

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