Welcome to Class One!
We are the Early Years Foundation Stage Nursery, Reception and Year 1 class. Learning is fun in Class One 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 Class One. Mrs Scott and Mrs Edwards are the class Teaching Assistants.
During these unusual times our priority is the safety and happiness of the children in the class. It is important the children feel safe and confident and that a love of school and learning is fostered. Children are frequently reminded to wash their hands and are supervised to ensure it is done thoroughly. The class remains in our bubble throughout the day, including for playtimes. The dinner hall is accessed through our own outdoor area. In order to support children's wellbeing the classroom offers full continuous provision with a full range of activities covering all areas of learning. The breadth of provision means that no one activity is used excessively by many children throughout the day. There are daily thorough cleaning procedures. Children bring only coats and water bottles into school and no bags or toys travel between home and school. Books are changed on Tuesdays and Fridays so that returned books can be quarantined between use. Currently, no parents are accompanying children into school. Outdoor learning is part of each day's continuous provision and children are encouraged to spend as much time outside as possible. Please feel free to send wellies and waterproofs so that children can play comfortably. We do have a class supply of wellies if not.
Each morning starts with practising writing new sounds and words for EYFS children and science writing about the weather and season, spelling practice or maths activties for Year 1 children. Our English and Communication and Language learning is now through the Power of Reading and we enjoy some beautiful books together then respond to them in different ways. This term we are learning about the Arctic and Antarctic and our first story is Blue Penguin. Every day 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 children are learning to add and subtract and then will learn about the place value in numbers with 2 digits (10 - 20 for EYFS and beyond for Year 1). 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 are learning Letters and Sounds Phase 3 and Year 1 children are learning Phase 5. Children have had a sound mat sent home for the phase they are working on - please practise daily. Spelling practice for Year 1 children is now done as early morning work so children do not usually have spellings to practise at home. We have Spelling Shed for spelling practice at home so please log on for our weekly assignments and to compete against the rest of the school!
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 'Class Approach' for a full explanantion of the philosophy of the teaching.
We start each morning with our cross country daily mile in the field to raise our heart rate and get a good oxygen supply to our brains ready for learning! We also do '5 a-day' and mindfulness meditation every day to keep our bodies and minds healthy. PE this term is gymnastics on Mondays. Current Covid safety requires footwear to be worn so please make sure footwear does not have trailing laces that would be a tripping hazard.
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
This term's topic is Frozen! We are also thinking about special times in RE.
We are starting the term thinking about who we are thankful to and writing letters and then continue with the Power of Reading texts including 'Blue Penguin'. The Power of Reading sequences of work reveal small parts of the stories as we learn so please don't be tempted to read ahead! We love a surprise!
We will learn about the Arctic and Antarctic and the animals that live there. We will also start to learn about climate change. Year 1 children will be locating continents and oceans.
Science WC 4 January
Happy New Year Class 1, I hope that you all had a super Christmas and that Father Christmas managed to steer his sleigh to your house. I really enjoyed teaching you last term.
Now that many of you are learning at home, I didn't want you to miss out on super science so I'll upload a range of science each week, it will include an investigation or practical of some sort a piece of written work and of course we must never forget your favourite - Reach Out Reporter. https://www.reachoutreporter.com/
This week we are all going to do a whole school practical linked to design technology, we are going to make a bird feeder. Why ? Well towards the end of January I had planned that the classes would take part in the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) garden bird survey. Now that most of you are learning at home, we are going to do that survey in our gardens, we must try to keep the birds fed during this cold, wet, miserable winter weather. If you were really enthusiastic, you could do a survey now and then do one at the end of the month when the birds have got used to you feeding them and see if there is a difference in the numbers or types of birds which you see in your garden.
Here is the link to a simple bird feeder which you can easily make with resources from home or you can use your own design if you would like. https://www.rspb.org.uk/fun-and-learning/for-kids/games-and-activities/activities/make-a-recycled-bird-feeder/
If you want to encourage a certain type of bird you may need to do some research about what that bird eats and put that in the feeder.
I look forward to seeing your creations and the birds which appear in your gardens.
Science WC 11th January
Thank you all so much for your fantastic work on creating your bird feeders and finding somewhere suitable to hang them. I have seen photographs of some of you watching for the birds with binoculars which is a great idea. We will continue with the bird theme later in the month when we have hopefully encouraged more birds to our gardens.
This is really for Year 1 children but you may find that the younger children in Class 1 can build their own bridges using construction bricks, Lego etc.
This week we are going to look at how to create strong structures such as bridges. Firstly you need to watch this video of Iggy Peck the Architect https://vimeo.com/413978739 many of you will come across the author, David Roberts, from reading Dirtie Bertie when you are in my class in future years.
When you have watched it think about these questions:
You will need:
Put two chairs, or something similar, back to back to create a gap of about 20 cm to build your bridge across.
Decide what you want your bridge to look like.
You could draw a few ideas before you choose one and then start to build it.
Test your bridge.
Can you drive your toy car across it?
Can you balance your toy on it?
Things to discuss with your brothers/ sisters or carers:
How it works:
When you placed the car on your bridge, the weight of the car might have caused your bridge to start to bend. If you put too many cars on, your bridge would collapse.
Real bridges are designed and built to hold the weight of the vehicles and people that travel over them. Bridges spread the effect of the downward forces (weight) across the whole bridge, especially the bits that are on land. Some bridges do this by using arches, others use long chains or metal ropes to spread the weight out to the edges which are firmly secured on land.
Please add any photographs to your class Facebook page or send them to your teacher or myself , Mrs Banham, so that we can see how fantastic your architect skills are.