Welcome to Red Class!
We are the Early Years Foundation Stage Reception and Year 1 class. Learning is fun in Red Class and every day we practise what we are learning inside and in our outdoor classroom, whatever the weather!
Mrs Shears is the Class Teacher in Red Class. Mrs Scott and Mrs Simpson are the class Teaching Assistants. We are also very lucky to have parent helpers who hear children read and change children's reading books every day. Mrs Shears checks who has read at home each morning in the playground and takes reading books to change on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. If you read every day you get your name on the weekly newsletter and if our class has the most readers each day we win the competition and get ten 100 squares! Let's keep winning to get our 100 square party!
Every day we have Collective Worship where we meet with other children in the school to sing and say a prayer.
Each morning starts with signing in and practising reading and writing sentences for EYFS children and science writing about the weather and season, spelling practice or maths activties for Year 1 children. We have some time speaking, listening, reading and writing through activities like learning to tell a story together or looking at pictures and talking about them with our friends. We also have time doing maths activities like singing number songs, ordering numbers, exploring shapes and weighing and measuring. This term EYFS children are learning to add two single digit numbers together and count amounts and recognise numbers to 20 and Year 1 children are learning to add and subtract with numbers to 20. Every day we have phonics time in small groups and we love learning sounds, reading them in words and writing. Children have the opportunity to practise the sounds and words we have learnt at home - don't forget to go through all of the sounds each day! This term EYFS children continue Letters and Sounds Phase 3 and Year 1 children continue Phase 5. Spelling practice for Year 1 children is now done with partners as early morning work so children do not usually have spellings to practise at home.
Lots of our time is spent practising what we have learnt through activities like den building, making mud pies in the mud kitchen, reading in the cosy corner, role play, collage, painting, small world play, using Clever Board, construction or investigating in our Explorers' Corner. We love activities like cooking with the adults and planting seeds to grow vegetables. We use every opportunity we can to read, write, discuss, investigate interesting science problems and find out about our world. The adults support children to learn to share, negotiate, plan and develop their ideas and they know that children learn best when they lead their own learning. Please see the attached 'Red Class Approach' for a full explanantion of the philosophy of the teaching.
This term we start swimming lessons on Tuesdays so please remember your kit including a name labelled towel. PE this term is on Tuesday afternoon so please remember to have your PE kit ready with your name on! We also do '5 a-day' and mindfulness meditation every day to keep our bodies and minds healthy. Children in Year 1 enjoy their Mile a Day and are learning about the importance of activity that raises our heart rate.
Our Early Years activities are linked to the topic and cover all seven EYFS areas of learning. These are:
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
Understanding the World
Expressive Arts and Design
The topics we follow are guided by what the children are interested in and enjoy. This term we are learning about space. We will be reading fictitious stories set in space and non-fiction including finding out about the work of astronauts and life in a space station. The term will include learning about special books in RE.
We end every day with a story or songs and a prayer. We end each week with story sack time. Each child chooses a story sack to take home and enjoy with their families for the weekend.