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Welcome to Class 1!

Thank you for looking at our class web-page. This page will let you know what we are learning about and contain suggestions for helping learning at home. Remember to log in to Tapestry to see photos of what your child has been learning in school and check on our social media pages too!


Our topic for the second half of Autumn term is...

Our topic this second half-term is "Colour and Light" so we are developing our skills through a variety of artistic and scientific based activities. There are many national and religious events in this half-term to base our learning upon plus trips off-site, visiting the woods to see the colours during this season (to compare with different seasons on future trips), and going to the post box to send home a special Christmas delivery. We are ensuring we can now all write our names and understand numbers 1-5, and particularly focus this half-term on correct pencil grip. Christmas comes very quickly (surprise!) so lots of hard work goes into putting on a nativity performance for the school community. We are continuing our Read Write Inc. phonics scheme, learning to read/write the remaining letter sounds but also focusing on fred-talking then fluently reading CVC words using these sounds e.g. cat, dog, zip. In maths, we will start looking at addition and subtraction, and the topic lends itself to exploring time through the sequencing of events in the day and starting to think about money through looking at Christmas toys’ prices! Our main 'Building Learning Power' skill focus looks at developing our ability to ask and answer questions so we can solve problems and learn from visitors, adults and each other. 


 Click on 'What We Are Learning This Term' for more detail of this exciting half-term in our topic overview.


Homework in reception mainly focuses on the children's new learning of RWI for reading and writing as there is so much new learning at first that consolidation at home (little and often) makes a huge difference. Some other ideas for continuing your child's learning/enjoyment of this half-term's specific topic at home include: talking about favourite colours as a family and seeing what is around us in that colour; looking at examples of colour in our community/nature/weather and trying to find out why it is useful or why it occurs - for example, traffic lights or a camouflaged insect; looking at the use of lights in different celebrations and even going to see the Christmas lights in the town centre when they are switched on, having a go at some of the games on Education City (log-in passwords for home use are inside the front cover of the children's home-school books - just google Education City and log in to any F2 game with these details).  


Please make sure your child remembers to bring their zip wallet (which contains their school reading book, small blue reading record and A4 home-school achievement book) to school every day so they have the opportunity to read with an adult. Comments/questions will be read every Monday and 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.


We do PE on a MONDAY AFTERNOON in class 1 and follow the Amaven scheme but also have specialist coaches come in to teach us too. PE kit is a white t-shirt, navy/black shorts and plimsols/trainers. Please bring in the PE kit in a bag at the start of each half-term as we do PE straight away on the Monday of the first weeks: it can be left on pegs throughout the half term, and on the last week of half-term we ask the children to bring them home to be washed and checked for labels/correct sizes. Please feel free to take it home if you would like at other times too.  


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


Thank you,
Miss Finlinson smiley

What We Are Learning This Term