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Autumn 1, Week 6

This week in Class One, our topic of ‘all about me’ led us to think about keeping safe and managing risks. As part of this, we learnt all about road safety and about the role of lollipop lady, learning about road signs and even conducting our own traffic survey outside of the school! The children were extremely knowledgeable about how to cross a road safely and were able to demonstrate how to Stop, Look, Listen and Think during our demonstration which was really lovely to see. We used our traffic surveys within our maths to tally amounts on a grid and in Year One, the children tried to write their numbers as words e.g. (‘one’, ‘two’ etc).

We also learnt about how the fire-service keep us safe too this week including what to do if the fire-alarm goes off in school and what it is like to be a fire-fighter. The Year Ones created some fantastic instructions about what to do in the event of a fire alarm using bossy verbs and all the children were all very sensible as we practised a fire alarm drill. We also thought about what would happen if there were a real fire-alarm at home and so we set the children the task of asking their adults at home, what their family fire plan is! On Wednesday morning, we had a visit from some real fire fighters who conducted a whole school assembly about fire safety. The class one children had the opportunity to ask them some questions and had some fantastic queries including, ‘how many fires have you put out?’, ‘do you have a rescue boat for floods?’, ‘what are the jaws of life used for’ and even ‘do fire fighters ever have to save people from shark attacks?’ They thoroughly enjoyed their visit!

Thank you for all of the WOW forms that we have had this week and all the lovely home-learning! We have some very talented children in class and have been very impressed with the quality of what they are doing at home so thank you for your time and effort

Enjoy your weekend everyone and see you all on Monday,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri.

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Autumn 1, Week 5

This week in class one we have been thinking all about healthy bodies, what it takes to stay nice and healthy and people who help us when we become poorly.

Our role play has now transformed into our very own class hospital! We’ve all thoroughly enjoyed going in and role-playing doctors, radiologists and nurses with our friends!
We’ve looked at the roles of everyone who works in the health care this week and also how we can keep healthy by eating 5 portions of fruit and veg every day. This lead nicely onto our smoothie making activity. Reception children were tasked with identifying the different fruits, chopping them and mixing them together to make a delicious healthy smoothie. Our Year Ones went a step further, creating their own fruit salad using different chopping techniques and then writing a list of instructions about how to make one.


The children have been excited to see the changes in our weather recently, especially and so in Science, we have been on a lovely autumn walk, collecting cookers, looking out for changes in the leaves and spotting all of the berries the birds can eat in our trees. We enjoyed using our 5 senses to complete autumn checklists on our walk.

We finished the week with today’s Harvest festival. Thank you so much for all of your donations and for those who stayed to watch the service in church. The teachers were extremely impressed with our behaviour this year considering that for many of us, this was our first church service in school! A big well done to all, Miss Ingle is super proud!

Enjoy your weekend everybody and see you all next week!

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Autumn 1, Week 4

This week in Class One, we have been learning all about our community and local area. Whilst the Year One children went out to Class Two on Monday, the reception children were greeted a bit of a mystery ….a lost satchel in our outside area! Upon inspection, we noticed some envelopes, stamps, paper and royal mail signs inside; it was clear who the lost bag belonged to…the Jolly Postman!

Reception set to work writing letters to the postman to alert of his lost bag. They added a contact number so that he could call the school and signed the letter off with their names in a polite way; the Class One teachers were very impressed with our sounding out skills. Meanwhile, the Year One children learnt all about addresses and used our writing skills, to write real envelopes and letters to people! We have also built our own post office in class this week to sort out all the postman’s letters.

In RE, we had an ‘Experience Eucharist’ workshop on Tuesday where the children had the opportunity to visit ST Ippolyts church. The children enjoyed looking at the font and learning all about the Eucharist service, we even acted it out using some bread and ‘wine’ (which was actually blackcurrant squash!)

In other news, we have been learning about portraits and creating our own wacky faces using photos of the teachers, learnt about the Royal Family in England and have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes at home! Test us at home to see what we have learnt…

Reminders

  • Next Friday is Harvest Festival. On Friday morning, if you would like to send us in with a small food donation, we will take this to church with us for our morning Harvest Service.
  • Thank you for some of the WOW forms we have had in so far. It is lovely to celebrate your children’s successes at home with the class and we look forward to seeing some more soon! If you missed out on curriculum evening and do not have any, please ask one of us in class and we will happily pop some in your child’s bookbag!
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Autumn 1, Week 3

It has been a busy week in Class One as always! This week we have been learning all about our school, our teachers and our bodies. We have been having lots of fun learning the names of each teacher in the school and have even interviewed some, to find out all about their favourite things! We learnt that Miss Ingle’s favourite cake is a chocolate fudge cake, that Mrs Stewart’s favourite car is a red Ferrari and even that Mrs Sabri’s favourite food is Mexican food! The Year One’s had to remember to use a question mark and capital letter when writing their questions and in Reception, we rehearsed our question verbally, using talking postcards. Later in the week, we learnt all about our skeletons, we were introduced to our resident skeleton Mr Bones who helped us to learn all the correct names for our bones. The children had great fun meeting Mr Bones and helping us to label him. In maths this week we have been looking at ordering numbers to 20, the children had a washing line full of numbered clothes and had to take it in turns to put the numbers in the correct order then practice our counting. Well done everyone. I’d like to thank all of the parents that came to our curriculum evening on Wednesday, I hope you found it helpful and were able to have a small in site into what your children are getting up to in the day. A few quick reminders. We ask kindly that water bottles are no stored in book-bags on the way to school as they have a tendency to leak and spill onto their reading books. If any of your children would like to write a prayer, Mrs Peddie is looking for some new prayers for her basket and these will be read out in collective worship! Please bear with us in regards to the children and their uniform, I know many have misplaced items, for example jumpers. We tend to find if they are named they do find their way back to the correct classroom and we do our best to reunite the item to the children. At the end of the day, if your lost item is not in Class One, it may well have been left out on the playground during your children’s playtime. We also have a school ‘lost property’ box kept outside of our school office so they may also be in here! Lastly, a big thank you to all who attended the Class 1 Curriculum Evening last night. It was so lovely to see so many of you and we hope it was useful. Enjoy a hot an sunny weekend and hopefully see some of you at St Ipps’ Fest tomorrow!

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Autumn 1, Week 2

Here we are at the end of our second week back and Class One is now complete with all 30 children now in class. We are all feeling very proud of the new cohort in the way they have conducted themselves around school and in the kind and sensible way they carry out their learning each day and it has been lovely this week to watch them begin to form friendships with new children and get stuck into the many activities we have had planned for them this week.

This week, your child has very busy taking part in…

  • Circle times to discuss likes and dislikes
  • Painting in the art corner
  • Reading and acting out the story of Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems
  • Writing their own lists, captions and speech bubbles based on the story
  • Trying out some number and phonics games on the class computers
  • Learning single letter phonic sounds and forming them without taking our pen off of the whiteboard/ moving the pen in the correct direction.

A special well done to all of the Year One children this week who took part in their first ‘Big Write’ independent writing session and also got their first spellings set. We can’t wait to see how many you have learnt for your spelling test on Monday!

A thank you once again for your patience at the gate during home-time and morning drop offs as we learn all of your names and faces. As you can imagine, learning parents, grandparents, child-minders, aunties and other family friends for each child is not an easy task but we hope to get a little quicker at this soon. In the meantime, please continue to inform a member of office staff or class adult if someone new is picking up your child, as we will be unable to let your child leave unless we have had consent and notification of this.

Lastly, you may notice that over the course of the year, your child may come home wearing a badge on a Friday afternoon. These are from our Friday awards assembly in which your child can win a values, effort or achievement award. Your child will be able to wear their badge for the whole week but will hand it back in the following Friday morning, so that it can be given to the next person. We ask kindly that children look after their badges each week and that parents ensure that the children bring it back in on the following Friday. Thank you for your cooperation.

Other.

  • On Monday, all reception children will take home their first library book. This is chosen by the children from our school library and is loaned out for one week. We ask the children bring it into school each Monday so that we can then sign it back in to our system and swap it for a new one please. Forgotten books will mean that your child will be unable to change their book until it is returned.
  • Thank you for all making your children so independent this year! We have noticed almost all children can put on a coat/ sort out inside out clothing and get changed for PE with no help. This makes things so much easier in school for both your children and the teachers! We ask kindly that you continue to encourage your children to change and un-change at home themselves, to continue to develop these skills.

Thank you and enjoy your weekend everyone,

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri

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