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 Simpson is the class Teaching Assistant. We are also very lucky to have parent helpers who hear children read and change children's reading books every day.
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 for EYFS children and science writing about the weather and season 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 use and order numbers to 10 and Year 1 children are learning about place value 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!
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.
PE this term is on Thursday 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 the children have chosen to learn about Bonfire Night, Remembrance, Christmas and cooking. We are also preparing for our Stay and Play open day on Friday 15th November. The term will include learning about special people and celebrations. In preparation we are having a Red Class Bake Off competition to bake a cake for the class wedding! Children will design and bake their cake in small groups with adults and we hope to invite an expert judge! We also look forward to meeting a visiting author - perhaps we will become authors ourselves! All of the learning in the class is linked to the topic the children have chosen.
We end every day with a story or songs and a prayer.