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Class 1

Miss Blewett

Class Teacher

Mrs Howes

Teacher

Mrs Beal

Teaching Assistant

WELCOME TO CLASS 1

Welcome to Class 1, we are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class. 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- Wednesday- Please come into school in your PE kit. 
Year 1 home-work grid sent home at the start of the term. 
Spellings - Issued on Monday, practised daily every morning, quizzed on Friday.

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

For the Reception children 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. 

Our KRP (Knowledge Rich Project) – School Days  

This half term we are continuing our School Days project, learning about the traditional Victorian class and the differences between schooling in the Victorian era and schooling today.

  

Reminders  

  •        PE afternoon will now be Wednesday – please come to school in PE kit.  
  •        Please can water bottles be clearly labelled and brought to school every day.   
  •        Please label all clothing clearly. You may wish to pack a small amount of sun cream in your child’s bag and a summer hat as the weather improves. Please apply sun cream before the school day begins.  
  •        The homework grid will be sent out but will also be available on Google Classroom. Please upload any homework into the dropbox ‘Summer homework’. Thank you for helping support learning at home.   
  •        As the summer term begins, we are continuing to encourage independence. Please can you drop your child at the bottom of the steps where they will be greeted and helped by a member of the Class One team.  

  

Reception children  

Literacy:  

We will be continuing our Read, Write Inc Programme. In English, we are exploring the narrative ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes and a non-fiction text linked to science. 

Handwriting:    

Handwriting remains a focus in our learning. We are focusing on capital letters, finger spaces and full stops in captions and sentences. We are also focusing on letters sitting on the line and the correct letter formation.   

      

Mathematics   

This half term we will be looking at shapes and their properties. We will also be exploring patterns and looking at number bonds. We will be doubling and halving small amounts and looking at odd and even numbers.  

   

Creating with Materials   

This half term we are exploring a focus called ‘Chop, Slice and Mash’. We will be learning about food, where it comes from and how to prepare it safely.

  

Being imaginative and Expressive   

‘Come dance with me’ from the Sing up programme. The call and response nature of the songs translates well into instrumental world, with pupils creating their own percussion and playing simple rhyme patterns on tuned instruments.

  

Understanding the World  

This half term we are exploring our local environment including our school. We will be learning about changes in our local environment between the present day and the past.

 

People and Communities   

This half term we are learning about what places are special and why. We are looking at different places of worship and places that are special to different communities. We will be identifying differences and similarities between all the special places.

 

Physical Development  

This half term we are looking at practising skills for movement. We will be exploring speed, direction and how to complete obstacle courses with care. We will be continuing to practise our fine motor skills for pencil control and writing.

  

Personal, Social and Emotional Development  

Our SCARF theme this term is ‘Growing and Changing’. We will be learning about changes and growing up. 

  

Year 1 children

English and SPaG.

We will be continuing our Read, Write Inc Programme. In English, we are exploring the narrative ‘Dogger’ by Shirley Hughes and a non-fiction text linked to science.

Handwriting

We are focusing on the correct letter formation. This Summer term we will be focusing on all writing sitting on the lines and making sure sentences have capital letters, finger spaces and full stops.

 

Maths

In Mathematics we are focusing on counting forwards and backwards to 100, comparing and portioning these numbers. We are also looking at recognising and counting money and measuring the time.

 

Science

Our unit this half term is called ‘Animals including Humans’. We will be exploring the basic human body and our senses. We will also be looking at groups of animals and how to classify them.

 

Art and Design & Design Technology

This half term we are having a Design Technology focus called ‘Chop, Slice and Mash’. We will be learning about food, where it comes from and how to prepare it safely.

 

Music

‘Come dance with me’ from the Sing up programme. The call and response nature of the songs translates well into instrumental world, with pupils creating their own percussion and playing simple rhyme patterns on tuned instruments.

 

History and Geography

This half term we are having a Geography focus.  We are exploring our local environment including our school. We will be learning about changes in our local environment between the present day and the past.

 

Computing

We are learning about how to use a computer to write text. We will be exploring how to compose text by changing and editing text all from the toolbar.

 

RE

This half term we are learning about what places are special and why. We are looking at different places of worship and places that are special to different communities. We will be identifying differences and similarities between all the special places.

 

PE

This half term we are looking at practising skills for movement. We will be exploring speed, direction and how to complete obstacle courses with care.

 

PSHE

Our SCARF theme this half term is ‘Growing and Changing’. We are looking at the importance of our bodies. We will be looking at changes and how to keep our bodies healthy and safe.

 

Help your child prepare for their project

Please take a look at the homework grid and choose some of the activities to do together. Is there someone in your family who can remember when school was very different? Maybe you can call them or visit them to have a conversation to know what it was like a school a long time ago. Below is a list of books you may like to read if you visit the local library or read them online.

  •        Comparing Past and Present: Going to School by Rebecca Rissman
  •        Info Buzz: Schools by Izzi Howell
  •        Pocket Edition 100 Facts: Victorian Britain by Jeremy Smith
  •        Info Buzz: Queen Victoria by Izzi Howell
  •        Miss Molly’s School of Manners by James Maclaine
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 class toy is Elmer the elephant. Each Friday, he will be taken home by a different child in the class. Please take Elmer on your adventures over the weekend and record what you do. It would be great if you could add pictures/ videos and a write up onto Tapestry so your child can share their weekend news with the rest of the class. This activity helps develop children’s speaking and listening skills.

To ensure we keep safe, we will be sending home a wooden toy that can be easily cleaned. The book, basket and toy will need to be returned on Monday so that it can be cleaned and quarantined for the appropriate time before being sent home again on Friday. Thank you for your support and cooperation.  

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.

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