Class Blog for Class 1

Week ending Friday 8th November 

Posted: 31/10/2019
Carol Jane Wakeham

Welcome to the first blog linked to our new learning question, 'Why are Celebrations Special?'

The children have thought about what a 'celebration' is and have started to recognise why certain celebrations are special by learning the story of Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot, in order to celebrate bonfire night.

Our literacy learning has been to use talk to organise our thoughts and to learn and use new words. The children watched video clips of fireworks and read some stories to generate their own word bank of words to describe fireworks. They then worked in two groups to use this vocabulary in an acrostic poem called BONFIRE NIGHT.
Everyone then used collage and paint to create a bonfire picture and selected their own words to describe the bonfire. 

We have continued with our shape work in maths and the children have sorted 2D and 3D shapes, gone on shape hunts, played bingo games and they have also used flat 2D paper shapes as well as 3D wooden blocks  to create fireworks. 

There have been many firework/shape activities in our Learning Through Play (LTP) time this week, including making sparklers from a wooden dowel, strips of paper and tape. 
The children also studied the work of a Russian artist called Kandinsky, particularly his painting, 'Squares with Concentric Circles'. They then investigated what happens when you colour a clear, plastic cup with circles of permanent pen and then melt the cup. The children were fascinated by the video of the cups melting in Mrs G's oven and this prompted a discussion about changing materials. We are going to make the resulting circles into a beautiful firework mobile.  Thanks Mrs G! You can see some of our circles in the picture opposite.



We welcomed Mrs Forbes into our school this week - she will be teaching in Class 2 but is also going to teach PE to our class on a Wednesday morning. This week she focussed on ball skills with the children.

Next week our focus celebration will be Diwali and we will soon move on to learning about Christmas, in order to begin performing the nativity play.
To prepare everyone for this, Rev Marilyn has been into class this week, using her knitted nativity set to tell the story of the first Christmas to the children. Everyone listened beautifully and used the characters afterwards to act out the story. We shall soon think about allocating parts for our production!

Things to remember for next week:
*Don't forget to make an appointment for our parent consultations - please see Mrs Trevaskis at the office

*PE kits should be in school every day please
*Forest school clothes are needed on FRIDAY for this week. Please note that this is our new forest school day from now on.
*Please write in WOW books when you notice something amazing
*Please read every day with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates
*Bring Show and Tell on Friday 15th November - please bring a photograph of you at a celebration which you have been to with your family. If you do not have a photograph, bring something you might wear to a celebration. Thank you.


 


Week ending 1st November 2019 

Posted: 31/10/2019
Carol Jane Wakeham

Welcome to the first blog for Autumn 2.

Our learning in Class 1 this week has been based around two  lovely autumn - themed books called 'Spookley the Square Pumpkin' and 'Penguin and Pumpkin'.
Both stories are about differences and how it is good to be unique, so we have talked about this a lot this week.

The 'wow' activity to start the children on their learning journey was to go on a pumpkin hunt around forest school and every child found their own mini pumpkin which they decorated and named.
They have carefully looked after their pumpkins all week and will have brought them home by the time you read this.

This has meant that they have all learnt to respect and care for something special and we have had lots more great learning too:

In literacy the children thought of their own, new vocabulary to describe how the pumpkins move in the Spookley story and in maths their work has been about 2D and 3D shapes, again based on the story.

Everyone made a penguin, based on the story of a penguin and his brother, Pumpkin. They then hollowed out some pumpkins for their various penguins to 'travel' in, just like the characters in the story.

The children also used  tools safely and effectively to make pumpkin soup on Thursday and tasted it for snack time the next day.

We have had some super pumpkin and shape artwork and we shall be continuing with our shape focus when embarking on the first celebration of our new topic next week - Bonfire night and the story of Guy Fawkes. This will encourage the children to investigate their new learning question - WHY ARE CELEBRATIONS SPECIAL?
Things to remember for next week:
*PE kits in school every day please
*Forest school clothes are needed on Tuesday for this week but PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM THE WEEK BEGINNING 11TH NOVEMBER, FOREST SCHOOL WILL TAKE PLACE FOR OUR CLASS EVERY FRIDAY. 
*Please write in WOW books when you notice something amazing
*Please read every day with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates
 *Bring Show and Tell on Friday 8th November - an every day object which is a 2D or 3D shape. You will tell your friends the name of the object, it's shape and describe it's features.

 


Week ending Friday 18th October 

Posted: 17/10/2019
Carol Jane Wakeham

Welcome to the last blog of this half term.

I feel proud of how everyone has settled into our reception class since September and it is great to see them them all getting used to our routines.

This week we have completed our learning of the phase 2 phonics letter sounds and the children are rightly proud of the fact that they are now sounding out to read and spell cvc words. It has been a delight to see a growing enthusiasm for writing too. The children have been writing materials lists on our role play building site and have also written labels for the models they build. We then record this construction with a photograph and a quote from the children about their model in our class book. Well done everyone.

Our number of the week has been 4  and we have practiced writing the numbers to 4, as well as looking at how the number 4 is made up. We have also had a focus on using the language associated with position. The children have enjoyed following instructions to place themselves and Bobby Bear around the classroom and have also been describing the position of certain animals in pictures.

It was great to see you all at Show and Share this week - I love to see how proud the children are to share their learning with you.

Everyone created a super Christmas card for the FOPs card sale this week - watch out for some beautiful creations for you to purchase when they have been printed!

Our learning next half term will be based on various celebrations, leading up to Christmas. After the holiday, we will be welcoming Rev Marilyn into class to introduce the Christmas story, before we begin rehearsing this year's version of the nativity.
Things to remember for the first week back:
*PE kits in school every day please
*Forest school clothes are needed on Tuesday
*Please write in WOW books when you notice something amazing
*Please read every day with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have
*Please read the events diary on this website for dates
*Monday 28th October is an INSET day. Children return to school on Tuesday 29th October 
*Individual and sibling photographs will be taken first thing on Tuesday 29th October, so please stay with your younger children when you drop off that morning, if you would like a picture of them with their school age sibling. We will make sure that siblings in school have a photograph taken together.
*Bring Show and Tell on Friday 1st November - anything linked to a celebration. this could be a birthday, anniversary, religious festival etc.

 


Week ending Friday 11th October 

Posted: 10/10/2019
Carol Jane Wakeham

Our learning this week has been based around some lovely stories.

in literacy the children have been thinking about what they would like to be when they grow up, based on 'When I Grow Up' by Colin McNaughton. We have recognised the rhyming text in this book and on Friday, they came in dressed as someone who does a job which they would like to do. We also had a name writing morning this week, when everyone used different mediums to practice writing their names.

In maths we have read a few counting stories and have focussed on our number of the week - 3. The children investigated the different ways in which the number 3 can be made and we have done lots of counting and have practiced writing numbers.

Our outdoor learning has been based around a story called 'Don't Hog the Hedge' and everyone painted their own beach pebble hedgehog. In forest school they built a hedgehog house for their hedgehogs to live and hibernate in.

One of the favourite stories from this week has been 'Funnybones' by J & A Ahlberg. We continued to learn about our bodies and everyone has created a skeleton from the story using cotton buds and pva glue! There was some super re-building of the human and dog skeleton characters from the book too - great problem solving.  Everyone used blackboards and chalk to create their own skeletons and there were some great ones drawn.

                   We are looking forward to Harvest Festival on Monday, see you there!

Things to remember for next week:
*PE kits in school every day please
*Forest school clothes are needed on Tuesday
*Please write in WOW books when you notice something amazing
*Please read every day with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have
*We break up on Friday 18th October for half term.
*Bring Show and Tell on Friday - free choice for the last week of this half term

 


Week ending Friday 4th October 2019 

Posted: 03/10/2019
Carol Jane Wakeham

Welcome to Class 1's weekly blog.

We have had another busy week of learning in Class 1. The children have been enjoying the 'Duck in the Truck' books and have continued to use their masks to re-tell the story. We have seen some super acting, particularly Goat lazing in his rowing boat! (see photograph opposite). It is a delight to see everyone developing a love for books and to hear them recognising and describing the characters. This was also evident during Show and Tell when they shared their favourite book with a friend. some super sharing and story telling took place.

The children have been working hard to sound out and blend to read cvc (consonant, vowel, consonant) words during our phonics sessions and they have also started to use phoneme frames to segment to spell words. Well done everyone!

In maths, we have been singing a song to help us form our numbers correctly and have been collecting and counting objects to match a written number. Everyone particularly enjoyed matching numbers of children to numbers of cookies for a snack time treat!

We have been learning about our bodies this week. In PE everyone observed how our bodies move and change during exercise and then we drew around Halle and labelled as many different body parts as we could for a class display.

Things to remember for next week:

                                                                                                                                                           
 *PE kits in school every day
                                                                                                                                                           
 *Forest school clothes are needed on Tuesday
                                                                                                                                                           
 *Please write in WOW books when you notice something amazing                                                                                                                                                         
                                                                                                                                                             *Please read every day with your child and record in reading                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   records any comments you may have 
                                                                                                                                                              *Bring Show and Tell on Friday - see below
                         
OUR SHOW & TELL THEME FOR FRIDAY 11TH OCTOBER IS: please come to school dressed up as someone who does a job which you would like to do. You will not need uniform on that day. We shall have a day of activities based around, 'When I Grow up.'  Who will you be?

 


Week ending Friday 27th September 2019 

Posted: 26/09/2019
Carol Jane Wakeham

Welcome to the first blog for Class 1!

Despite my absence this week, the children have continued with their topic work of 'We are Class 1, who are we?' with Mrs G and their supply teacher. Everyone has talked about what they know and would like to find out for this topic. 

In literacy they have all continued with their work on rhyme and everyone practiced their cutting skills to put Humpty Dumpty together again. We have also started to study our Duck in the Truck books by Jez Alborough and the children have identified their favourite character and made a mask in order to act out the story.

In maths, the children have been counting objects in a set and matching numbers to them, as well as ordering numbers to 10 and 20. Number of the week is 2.

Autumn has been a focus for outdoor learning this week, with a particular emphasis on leaves; children collected and observed the colours and shapes of different leaves and then created a hedgehog made of the leaves after learning about hibernation. The children then used collage to make more leaves for the hedgehog to 'sleep' in on our display. 

Things to remember for next week:
*PE kits should be in school every day
*Forest school clothes are needed on Tuesday
*Please write in WOW books when you notice an amazing or new achievement for your child
*Please read every day with your child and record in reading records any comments you may have
*Macmillan coffee morning on Friday 4th Oct

OUR SHOW & TELL THEME FOR FRIDAY 4TH OCTOBER IS: an item used by someone in your family in their job. What is it? What do they use it for? What job do they do?






 


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