Class 1

The team in Class 1 are Miss Chapman (Classteacher), Mrs Bridden and Mrs Peacock (Teaching Assistants).

 

We are so lucky to look after the youngest children in school, with our mixed age nursery and reception aged children. It is a privilege to be at the very beginning of their education, nurturing them from their starting points and helping them to make those very first steps in their primary education, laying the foundations for a bright future. We aim to give every child the best start in their early years; what they need today and setting them up with every chance of success tomorrow. We look forward to meeting you!

 

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Autumn Term 1

During this half term our topic is about ourselves, families and nocturnal animals. First of all we will start by learning the rules and the different routines that exist in our classroom and in the outdoor area. 

In English we are learning about the story called "Peace At Last". We will learn to join in saying the repetitive phrases in the text and we will learn different vocabulary that is used in the book. We will read and write different words, captions and speech bubbles using our phonic knowledge. We will re-tell the main events of the story by sticking pictures from the text in the right order. We will learn to write our first names. We will begin to learn to write each of our set one sounds using the correct formation.

In Phonics we will start to learn to name all twenty five set 1 sounds from the Read, Write Inc phonics programme. We will start to use these sounds to hear and write the initial sounds in words. Afterwards we will start to use our phonic knowledge to sound out CVC words. 

In Mathematics we will be learning to join in singing a range of number songs and rhymes. We will learn to match, sort and compare different objects according to different criteria. Afterwards we will learn to copy, continue and produce different repeating patterns using a range of different objects. In addition to this, we will look at and name different natural patterns that we see in the environment around us. Finally we will learn about measures including length, height and weight. For example we will measure the length of two objects and find out which one is the shortest and which one is the longest. We will measure the weight of two objects and say which one is the lightest and which one is the heaviest. 

In Understanding the World we will be learning to name different members of our families and we will place them in the right order from the youngest to the oldest. We will name different members of our community who help us consisting of nurses and doctors, firefighters, the police, dentists, teachers. In connection with Harvest, we will talk about what harvest is and how it is celebrated. We will name and describe the appearance of different fruits and vegetables. Last of all we will name and describe the appearance of different nocturnal animal consisting of bats, badgers, foxes. 

In Expressive Arts and Design we will learn to mix different coloured paint using powder paints, water and the painting equipment. We will use the paints to produce paintings of ourselves, individual members of our families and nocturnal animals. We will learn to sing and perform actions to a range of different nursery rhymes. In connection with Harvest Festival we will learn to sing and perform the songs called "Big Red Combine Harvester" and "Mr Scarecrow".   

  

Autumn Term 2

During this half term our topic is called "Jungle Explorers". 

In English our focus text is called "Let's All Creep Through Crocodile Creek". We will be learning to re-tell the main events of stories in the right order. We will learnt to write short CVC words independently and to write simple sentences using our phonic knowledge. 

In Maths, we are learning about length, height, weight and capacity. We will learn to measure the length and weight of different objects using non standard units such as unifix cubes. We will name numbers from 1 - 8, count up to eight everyday objects and work out the answers to 1 more and 1 less questions using everyday objects. Also, we will find out different pairs of numbers that make each of the numbers from 1 - 8. 

In PE we will be learning how to travel safely across, over, under and through different pieces of apparatus safely. We will learn to jump off stools that are at different heights safely and land on a mat with our feet flat on the floor. Also, we are going to be learning to kick, throw and catch large balls correctly individually and with a partner. As part of the children's learning in PE, they will continue to learn how to get dressed for PE lessons by themselves and how to get changed back into our school uniforms after the lesson has finished. This process involves learning how to turn t-shirts, jumpers and trousers the correct way round. 

In Geography, the children will learn about the main features of the village of Laughton. Afterwards we will talk about the main features of a jungle. Then the children will learn to talk about the similarities and the differences between living in the village of Laughton and living in a jungle environment. 

In Art, we will be learning about collage and the children will learn different techniques that are needed in order to make their own collages using different materials. 

In Science, the children will learn to name different animals that live in a jungle environment. Afterwards they will learn to look carefully at each one and they will describe the main features of each animal. We will talk about and define the term "camouflage". 

In RE, we will be learning about the main features of different celebrations consisting of New Years Eve, Chinese New Year and Holi. 

In PSHCE, our topic is called "Dreams and Goals". We will be learning to set simple goals and we will be talking about different jobs that we would like to do when we get older.  

Spring Term 2

Hi everyone, 

In Class 1, our new topic is Growing, Spring and Easter. 

In English, we are learning about the story "Jack and the Beanstalk" by Mara Alparin. We will be learning lots of new vocabulary that is connected with this story namely "poor, shimmered, furious, enormous, magnificent and trembled and we will be learning to use these words in a sentence. We will name the main characters that feature in the story and we will re-tell and act out the main events of this story in the right order using our role play and small world environments. 

In Maths, we will learning to count objects using one to one correspondence, calculating the answer to one more and one less questions and learning how to make the numbers 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. We will name to describe the location of different objects using positional language. We will learn to name and describe the features of both 2D and 3D shapes. 

In Understanding of the World, we will be able to name different Spring flowers and we will talk about the main features of the season of Spring. We will learn to name the parts of different plants such as the petals, stalk, leaves and roots. We will learn to know the different things that a plant needs to grow. We will learn to name the different parts of a castle namely the moat, tower, drawbridge, and the battlements. We will learn to talk about what it was like to live in a castle. 

In PE we will be learning to throw and catch a ball using our hands and learning how to bounce the ball on the floor and catch it. 

 

Reading and Phonics

Home Learning

PE

Upcoming Dates

During this half term, Class One are learning about the topic of Mini-beasts. 

In English we are learning about the stories of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and "The Teeny Weeny Tadpole" as our key texts. While reading each of the texts we will learn about the meaning of different words and we will learn learn to use these new words in a sentence. We will learn about the main events of these stories and we will re-tell and narrate the stories using puppets and our small world environments. We will discuss how the characters were feeling at different parts of the stories and we will think of good reasons to explain why they feeling this way.

In Maths, the FS1 children will learn to name numbers from 0 - 5 and from 0 - 10. They will count up to 5 everyday objects using a number name for each object. They will learn to make and describe simple repeating patterns using different objects. Also, they will learn to name different 2D shapes and describe what they look like using the vocabulary of sides and corners. The children will learn to talk about the position of different objects.  

In Maths, the FS2 children will be learning to name and describe the features of both 2D and 3D shapes. We will learn to name numbers from 0 - 10 and to know different pairs of numbers that make 8, 9 and 10. We will learn to name both odd and even numbers. We will learn to add two numbers together and calculate the answer using objects. Also, we will learn to take away a number and calculate how many are left using objects.

In Physical Development, the children are learning to move around the hall in different ways such as jumping, hopping, skipping and jogging. They will learn to throw and catch a large ball by themselves and with a partner. They will learn to use a pencil to write their first names and their full names. The children will learn to hold pencils correctly to form the shape of different letters. 

In Personal, Social and Emotional education, the children will learn about different ways to keep healthy. They will learn to name different healthy and unhealthy foods. They will learn how to look after different mini-beasts. Also, the children will learn how to be a good friend.   

During this half term in Understanding of the World, we are learning to name and describe the appearance of different mini-beasts. We are going to become little explorers and we will use magnifying glasses and bug finders to help us to find mini-beasts in our local environment, particularly on the orchard lawn. We will learn to talk about the different stages of the life cycle of a butterfly and the life cycle of a frog. We are going to be able to observe each stage carefully as it happens in nature because we are going to have real caterpillars and real tadpoles in our classroom. In addition to this, we are going to plant Sunflower seeds and we are going to watch them grow. We will learn about the different things that a plant needs in order to grow. We are going to earn about the season of spring and we will talk about the different changes that happen at this time of year. Also, we will learn about different places of worship namely a church, synagogue and a mosque. We are going to be learning about St George's Day (the patron saint of England). 

In Expressive Arts and Design, the children will learn to produce pictures of a mini-beast using different materials such as painting and collage. They will use clay to make models of a chosen mini-beast. The children will learn to sing the words to songs about mini-beasts and perform actions to accompany the words. We will learn to name and play a range of different percussion instruments. We will use the instruments to perform the rhythm to a piece of music or a familiar song. The children will learn to act out and re-tell familiar stories using puppets and the small world environments. Also, they will act roles in the different role play areas.