Class 1 2018 - 2019
Class 1 Teacher
Class 1 Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Class One
Nursery and Reception
Summer Term 2019
Forest School sessions will be in place for Class 1 every Thursday throughout the summer term. Please send children in their outdoor clothes on these days. Thank you.
Literacy, Communication and Language
In our literacy sessions we will be continuing to read lots of fiction and non-fiction books relating to our topics. Alongside this we will be singing and learning nursery rhymes and alphabet songs. We will be doing lots of fine motor skills activities to strengthen your child’s muscles in their hands so their pencil grip will improve, making it easier for them to form letters. Every morning the reception children come in to class and they are given a question, they then sit at the table and write a sentence. We have noticed a significant improvement in their handwriting and perseverance since starting this. The children are now more than capable of writing a simple and more complex sentence; therefore, we will be writing some short stories throughout the term.
This term we will be consolidating Phase 1 phonics in nursery. With some of our older nursery children, we will introduce Phase 2. The reception children are starting Phase 4 phonics this term. There will be a big push on recognising and writing all the tricky words they have learned this year which will help them transitioning into Year 1. This term, the reception children will spend less time choosing and more time completing exciting adult-led activities, again preparing them for the transition.
In maths, we are continuing to consolidate our number knowledge from 0-20 and forming those numbers correctly. We will be continuing to solve addition and subtraction problems and looking at number patterns and number bonds to 10 and then 20. The children will be continuing with our number chants and counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s. The children will be introduced to time and how we can use the clock in our classroom.
PE takes place on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Tuesday afternoons will focus on gross motor skills, while Friday’s session, this term, will be target games and will be delivered by a sports coach from the West Lancs School Sports Partnership. Alongside this, we will be teaching the children how to move in a variety of different ways in our music and movement sessions and including activities that enable the children to take risks. It is essential that all children have the school PE kit available for these sessions. PE kits will be sent home at the end of every half term to be refreshed and brought back on the first day of the next half term.
Understanding the World
Following the children’s interests in Class 1, our topic this half term is ‘The Jungle’. We will be learning all about jungle animals around the world. Throughout this topic we will be looking at different countries and looking for similarities and differences between our surroundings and theirs. A lot of our learning will be taught outside to make the most of our beautiful environment. We will also be starting our Forest School sessions again for 8 weeks.
Our work in computing will continue to focus on computers in our everyday lives and how they help us learn. The children will be developing their keyboard and mouse skills using the creative educational website, Purple Mash. The children will continue to learn about how we can use the internet to find information out. They will be learning how to log on and off a computer and how to save their work and close down a program. The children will use an age appropriate computer program to create a bar chart of Class 1’s favourite jungle animals.
Reading - Our aim is to develop a love of reading. We encourage you to read with your child regularly - this can be both listening to them read and by having bed-time stories read to them. Reading should be a fun and enjoyable process for you and your child to develop together.
During class time your child will experience listening to fantastic stories regulary and they will also have numerous oppotunities to read to an adult and discuss them. We have a wide range of exciting books within school to support each child's reading ability.
Books will be changed on a Tuesday and Friday.
Phonics - Each child will be given a small blue Phonics book. Inside will be all the letter sounds that your child has learned in class so far. New sounds will be added when a new letter is introduced to them. Please look though the book together to help embed their phonic knowledge. Together you could look round the house for objects that begin with a paticular letter sound.
Homework - Homework books are handed out on a Friday and must be handed in by the following Friday ready for the next homework to be sent.