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Class 1


Please see the Reception Unit Home Learning page


smileyWelcome to Class 1!laugh


Thank you for looking at our class web-page. Over the course of the year, the children in class 1 have an array of exciting learning opportunities as they start their school journey and we love to share them with you through our online system called Tapestry, which allows us to post comments/photos/videos of your child's learning and also lets us see ones that you choose to post to share what your child achieves at home. Guidance on using Tapestry is available here.

The school also has a weekly newsletter which is emailed to you and remember to check our social media pages too! Throughout the year family members have the chance to come to our class assembly, our curriculum evenings, drop in sessions and parent consultations (two throughout the year alongside three written reports about your child's progress) to find out more about how we teach and learn and to see the children's learning first-hand! Dates for these are advertised on the newsletter well in advance to allow you to arrange attending. If you want to become even more involved with school, we have an established PTA within school that is run by reception staff members and they are always looking for new members and support too. 


In reception class, we are classed as being in the Early Years Foundation Stage and we follow the Development Matters Curriculum as we work towards the Early Learning Goals. If you would like to know more about what we teach throughout the year, please have a look at our curriculum page, which outlines what we teach, when and why. We follow the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme for reading and writing  and there are lots of opportunities to come into school to hear about how to best support this at home. 


Homework in reception mainly focuses on reading every day (either a story book read by an adult with the child and/or a phonics book read by a child to an adult) and this consolidation of RWI at home (little and often) makes a huge difference. The school reading challenge involves the child reading five times a week to an adult who puts a brief note about this in the child's reading record.

Please make sure your child remembers to bring their book bag (which contains their reading book, small blue reading record and A4 home learning book) to school every day so they have the opportunity to read with an adult. Comments/questions written at home will be read by staff every Monday and reading books will be changed twice a week. If you would like a new book earlier than this, then please feel free to come into class before or after school and choose one with your child.

Children will be given a school water bottle at the start of the year to use in class (this stays in school and will be regularly sterilised for health and safety) and they are also provided with milk and a fruit/vegetable snack for our class snack time. Children receive a free hot or cold dinner choice in our school hall everyday - menus on the class window and newsletter.

We do PE twice a week! We do it on a FRIDAY AFTERNOON where I teach the Amaven scheme. We also have Miss Foster on a THURSDAY MORNING, who is a specialist coach who comes in to teach us gymnastics. PE kit is a white t-shirt, navy/black shorts or joggers and plimsols/trainers. Due to health and safety recommendations linked to coronavirus, we are now asking that PE kits stay at home for now and children come into school already wearing their PE kit on Thursdays and Fridays (with their school jumper on top) and they will wear this all day, including during their PE session, and then go home in it too.  


Our topic for the first half of Summer term is...

Our topic this half-term is "Traditional Tales", which are stories that have been told and re-told for many years and, consequently, become a story that almost everybody knows, for example, Goldilocks or Jack and the Beanstalk. The topic is enriched through several experiences, including story-tellers, a Grand Ball, and a lovely walk to our local deep, dark woods where we might bump into some characters! This topic is fantastic for developing story telling/writing skills and our big question throughout the topic is "What makes a good story?" We will also start to learn about capital letters - where to use them and how to form them. In Science, we will be examining different materials, their properties and how they change with heat – making bridges for the three billy goats, creating a house to withstand the big bad hairdryer for the three little pigs, using a thermometer and noticing changes in porridge after heating it for Goldilocks. In EAD, we will look at materials for making sculptures and puppets, and also learn to collaborate on large scale constructions. In maths, our focus becomes building numbers beyond 10, addition and subtraction, and spatial reasoning. The whole school will be focusing on the learning power of ‘collaboration’.  


Some other ideas for continuing your child's learning/enjoyment of this half-term's specific topic at home include:

reading lots of traditional tales at home with your child to build up their story and vocabulary knowledge (there is a huge repository of free traditional tales on the website 'Storynory’), and encouraging them to talk about what they have read through asking plenty of questions to help develop comprehension (finding information e.g. what did Cinderella leave at the ball?, inference questions e.g. how can you tell the ugly sisters don't like Cinderella?, and also deductive questions e.g. how do you think Cinderella feels about being left at home?). Espresso also has a free interactive traditional tales module with stories, videos and activities to play at home: 



Please remember if you have any questions or concerns to feel free to come and see me after school or contact me on Tapestry.


Thank you,
Miss Finlinson smiley

Timetable for Summer 1