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Class 1

Miss April Blewett

Class Teacher

Mrs Hilary Hawkey

Teaching Assistant

Miss Leah Horrocks

Teaching Assistant

Mrs Maria Turner

Teaching Assistant

WELCOME TO CLASS 1

Class 1 is the Foundation Stage classroom and it is the first class that your child will join when they start their learning journey with us at Mawgan-in-Pydar School. We encourage and foster a love of learning by creating stimulating environments and planning exciting activities. We aim to inspire and encourage children to become responsible and independent learners. We listen to the children in Class 1, about what they would like to learn, therefore the children have real ownership of their learning. 
 
Key timings: 
PE- Tuesdays
Year 1 home-work grid sent home at the start of the term. 
Spellings - Issued on Mondays, practised daily every morning.

Our PE day is Tuesday; however, we do ask that PE kits are in school every day to allow for flexibility.

In Class 1, we follow the Statutory Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This document is laid out in the Development Matters. The links below will take you directly to both documents, which are provided here for you to read.
 
We hope that you find the information useful on our class page, but please come and see a member of the Class 1 team if you have any questions or queries. 
TAPESTRY
 
At Mawgan-in-Pydar School, we use a system called Tapesty, an online system to record and share your child’s learning and fun throughout the foundation year.  You can download the application on your smart phone and tablet or use the computer and we will email you when a new page is added to your child’s learning journey, which you can view and comment on.

We love hearing about the stories and wonderful things you do at home, so please make your own observations and add your photos and videos. This is helpful for us in Class 1 to see the learning continue at home, so many thanks in advance.

Click on the Tapestry logo below to access the website and log in. 

PHONICS
 
At Mawgan-in-Pydar School, we follow the systematic approach to phonics called Read, Write Inc. This is the way that your child will learn how to read and write.
 
It starts with learning bouncy and stretchy sounds that will build up the ability to break down words into sounds to read and blend them back together to spell. We have special actions that we add with the sounds to make learning enjoyable. 
 
It is always helpful to practice what we are learning at school, but if you feel you are a little unsure on how to pronounce the sounds here is a clip from the RWInc site which will help you.

Below are the Year 1 spelling lists and an overview of the spelling rules/sounds to be taught for each wordlist. At Mawgan-in-Pydar, we follow the 'Shakespeare and More' spelling scheme. The spelling overview explains how this scheme works.

In line with the National Curriculum, these spellings will be taught through daily activities and investigations. There are lots of fun ways to practise these words, to help children remember the spelling sounds and rules. As an additional learning task, please practise these spellings at home. Please note, any additional learning you do at home will support your child’s learning at school.

 

Our Topic - Autumn Term Second Half

What’s that Sound?

Listen carefully… What can you hear? Is it a loud sound, or a quiet sound? We’ll find out all about sounds and music in this exciting, noisy project.

This half term, we’ll be stepping in time to the beat and learning all about music. We’ll listen to a music ensemble, identify pulse, rhythm and pitch, and move in time to the music. Leading and following instructions will help us make percussion instruments and we’ll also design our own. We’ll go on a sound walk to see what we can hear and identify where the sounds are coming from. Back in the classroom, we’ll play with noisy toys, listen to sound and audio book recordings and make our own. Playing percussion instruments will be lots of fun (and very noisy). In the outdoor setting, we’ll listen carefully and describe the similarities and differences between sounds we can hear. We’ll listen carefully to different sounds outdoors, test our sense of hearing and find out how far different sounds can travel. We’ll read fiction books about different sounds and join in with rhymes, raps and poems. During our music work, we’ll listen to different pieces, march to military music and play a variety of instruments. Our bodies will turn into instruments as we try to master the art of body percussion.

You will be invited to our special music and movement event at the end of our project. Practice will hopefully make perfect when we perform our songs and dances with confidence. 

Help your child prepare for their project: 

Let’s make music! Why not make maracas together using small bottles filled with rice or dried lentils? You could also listen to different types of music, discussing which music you like and why. Alternatively, read books or sing songs with repeated refrains.Why not listen to a wide variety of music together? Make a list of the music you have enjoyed, and share it with others. You could also watch clips of brass bands online and listen to the sounds of different instruments. Alternatively, take a ‘sound walk’ around your local area. Listen for vehicles, voices and natural sounds to appreciate the background noises we often take for granted.

Please see the 'Curriculum Map' for more details. 

Our class toy is Elmer the elephant. Each Friday, he will be taken home by a different child in the class. Please make Elmer part of your family, then return him and his book to class the following week. We have already shared the story in class, but you may like to share it with your child at home or they might like to read it to you. It would be lovely if you or your child could write a little diary entry with a picture or drawing so we can share their experiences with the class. Many thanks. 

It would be greatly appreciated if you would endeavour to hear your child read or share books on a regular basis to enhance their learning.

Within the daily routine, we aim to cover as much of our new topic as possible. We hope that your child enjoys their second term in Class 1 and if you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to come and see a member of the Class 1 team.