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Class 1

Miss Blewett

Class Teacher

Mrs Hawkey

Teaching Assistant

Miss Horrocks

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. 

Spring 1 Topic – Moon Zoom

Twinkle, twinkle, little star. Why are there stars in the sky at night? The countdown has begun. Are you ready for blast off?

CRASH! Stand back everyone – it looks like a UFO has crash landed. Create a ‘Welcome to Earth’ box for an alien explorer. What can you put in it to help explain what life is like on our planet? Would you like to be an astronaut?

This half term, we’ll learn all about space. We will travel through space to learn about the different planets in our solar system and how Earth is important. Can you tell us why the moon is so important to Earth? We will look at famous people in space travel and how they managed to make it into space. We’ll make models of the Solar System and design spaceships, space buggies and space-related toys. Snuggling up with comfy cushions and blankets, we’ll listen to bedtime stories and nursery rhymes. Books and photographs will help us to learn about the first lunar landing and the astronauts who venture into space.  Wide awake once more, we’ll learn about people and services that work at night, the Hubble Telescope and nocturnal animals. We’ll also find out more about how good bedtime routines can have a positive impact on our health and take part in a series of bedtime challenges. Getting creative, we’ll make constellations out of battery-operated tea lights, and star mobiles out of silver sequins and glittery pompoms.

At the end of the project, we’ll share and reflect on what we have learnt. We’ll read our exciting science-fiction stories aloud, sing space-themed songs and create an exhibition of our space models. It will be out of this world!

Help your child prepare for their project

The night is all right! Why not do some stargazing together after dark, either from your garden or, even better, a rural location with minimal light pollution? There are apps you can use on your phone to help you to identify stars and constellations! You could also keep a dream diary, noting down and comparing dreams with each other. What are the similarities and differences between working in the day compared to at night? Find some exciting space stories and information books to share. Alternatively, create extraordinary aliens using modelling clay or a drawing app.

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.