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Autumn Term, Week 1

What a successful week we have had in Class One this week! All children have settled extremely well into their new routine and it has been a joy to get to know some of our new intake over the course of the week. The children have been up to many different and exciting activities including rainbow sand mark-making, painting, PE lessons with our amazing sports coaches Mr Jefferies and Mr Smith, number work, phonics sessions and even creating their own mud-recipes in our brand new mud kitchen! It is also really lovely to see so many children coming in to the classroom independently now; we are very proud of them and how positively they are entering the classroom each day.

A big thank you to all parents for being so patient at the gate as we learn all of your names and faces and also for ensuring that all school uniform is clearly named’. This has made things much easier for us all this week and is very much appreciated!

Reminders.

  • A reminder to all parents that children’s reading books will be changed each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Your child will be heard read by the class adults throughout the week so please ensure these come into school each day in book-bags.
  • Water bottles should contain still, unflavoured water only. Your child may also bring in one fruit or vegetable item each day to eat at their snack-time. We ask that you do not send in cereal bars/ crackers/ yoghurt covered fruit/ / fruit winders or other similar items please.
  • As part of the Early Years Curriculum, children are encouraged to work and learn outside as part of an ‘extended classroom’ in out outside area. We have a saying in Reception that there is no such thing as the wrong weather, only wrong clothing! We therefore ask that children bring in some wellington boots to keep in class each day, so that they are suitably dressed for all weathers. Some of our best learning and experimenting comes from playing in the rain and with puddles!
  • Lastly, all children are expected to change for PE at school with a level of independence. Whilst we will always help those who need it, we encourage children to ‘have a go’ at doing up/ undoing buttons and ties, before seeking help from a grown up. We therefore ask that you practise this at home with your child over the next half term or so, so that they can get used to dressing and undressing with confidence.

Thank you to all for a great first week, it has been lovely chatting to some of you at the gate and I look forward to getting to know you and the children more over the coming year!

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes (Nursery Nurse), Mrs Sabri and Mrs Gemmell (Class TAs)

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Spring 2, Week 4

What an exciting week we have had in Class One! We have completed a whole week of crazy science activities, starting qwith an experiment into materials. We investigated the school to find as many materials as we could and had great fun looking at where materials came from. The children were very knowledgable about where paper comes from and this led into a great discussion all about recycling and looking after the environment. Our recycling bo has never looked so full! Later in the week, we investigated how materials change when they are heated or frozen. We put kernals into the microwave to watch how they change and even got to try the end product which was very tasty! As well as looking at materials, we also conducted experiments into floating and sinking and had a competition to see who could build the best pirate ship. We had lots of fun making our ships using differen materials and even more fun testing them out to see which would keep our pirates the driest and safest. Other science actvitiies we have done this week include, minibeast hunting in our school nature area, looking at optical illusions, making raisins dance in glasses of lemonade, meeting Jules Howard, a real zoologist and learning all about fossils, meeting our visitor from ‘mad science’ who showed us how to make real rockets blast off and investigating the stretchiest underpants with Mrs Archer! All in all a great week with lots of brilliant learning going on. If you haven’t already, make sure you check the school gallery page above to have a look at our science week activities! Reminders. We are very low of badges once again for our showing assemblies each Friday. If you have any at home, please can these be returned to the school office ASAP please, to ensure they can be passed on to the next child each week. Please ensure that children bring their library books in each Monday, so that they can return it and choose another one to borrow for the week. Thank you and have a good weekend everyone!
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Spring 2, Week 3

This week in Class One, have been learning all about mini beasts and began the week by reading Julia Donaldson’s story, Superworm. Next, we welcomed some new additions to class…. 30 wriggly worms! The class have worked together to create a fantastic wormery complete with soil and layers of colourful sand and we have had great fun naming our new pets. Some of the names include Sparkle, Cutie, Mr Crazy Head, Squiggly and of course…. Dave! In other news this week, we have been doing lots of worm inspired learning such as measuring pieces of string, making ‘bookworm’ finger spaces, using spaghetti to make letters and words in phonics and even using non-fiction books to find out about minibeasts.

Reminders.

A big thank you to Mrs Smith (Arthur’s mummy), for our class visit last week. It was lovely to hear all about the needs of animals at the veterinary surgery and the children thoroughly enjoyed having the chance to bandage up the cuddly dog toys!

Next week, we will be having a week of mad science inspired lessons, in preparation for our school science days.

Enjoy your weekends and see you all on Monday!

Class One

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Spring 2, Week 1

Welcome back everyone, we hope you have enjoyed your half term!

In class this week, we have been looking at jungle animals, we have been researching how animals disguise themselves in the wild and we used this, to create our own "camouflage" paintings! We had great fun mixing the colours to blend in with our chosen animals and the finished results look fantastic.

We have also explored the new jungle themed role play this week with jungle dress up, binoculars and animal props.  We are excited to do some of the many jungle activities in there, over the next few weeks.

In RE this week, we have had fun acting out the story of Noah's ark and have also been putting on puppet shows with the theme "I belong" what do we belong to? From clubs to families to religions, how does it feel to be left out? We were very impressed at how much the children amerced themselves into this activity.

In keeping with our jungle theme, maths this week has focused on ordering, measuring, bigger, smaller all with different sized elephants and measuring worms. Next week, we will be looking into the needs of pets and will also be learning our doubles to 10!

Reminders/Other

Next Friday is cake day, with Class 3 taking their turn to provide the cakes and set up the stall.  Please bring in either 25p for one cake or 50p for two cakes, making sure coins are in a wallet/ purse/ names envelope or container.

Don't forget that World Book Day is on Thursday (1st March). We can't wait to see which book characters you will come dressed as! Will you win the 'best outfit' competition?

Lastly, Class One seem to be a little short of spare underwear at the moment from our 'spare uniform' boxes, particularly girl underwear.  If your child has borrowed any knickers or underpants this term and they are in suitable condition to return, we would greatly appreciate them back in! Alternatively, if you have any which you could donate to the class supply, we would be very grateful!

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Spring 1, Week 5

This week in class one, we began our mini topic of fairy tales. We all had a bit of a shock when on Monday, a beanstalk mysteriously grew in the middle of our classroom. After some investigation work, we learnt the story of Jack and the beanstalk and decided that Jack must have visited our classroom over the weekend. We used the story to generate lots of amazing child initiated activities such as setting up our own fairy tale shop to buy real beans using coins, made our own paper stick figures to re-enact the story and even grew our own beanstalks in class. We all thought carefully about the things our beans would need and made sure to place our pots in a sunny spot in class... have a look during Monday’s open session, to see if ours have grown!

As well as Jack and the beanstalk, we have also looked at many other fairy tales this week including Snow White, The Gingerbread Man, Rumpelstiltskin and The Three Bears. We learnt that most traditional tales have a lesson/moral in them to teach us and we thought hard about what these might be. We also listened carefully for things which happen 3 times as we learnt this is another common feature of traditional tales. Next week, we will learn some more fairy tales and end our half term with some sewing as we create our own felt fairy tale puppets!

Enjoy your weekend everybody!

Miss Ingle, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Sabri

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