Class 1 2018 - 2019
Class 1 Teacher
Class 1 Teaching Assistant
Welcome to Class One
Nursery and Reception
Spring Term 2019
Literacy, Communication and Language
This term we will be focusing on sharing fiction and non-fiction texts about the Arctic and, after half term, the Antarctic. We will use roleplay skills, re-enact and retell stories whilst also promoting independent writing. This term the children will start to learn the letter names and digraphs, e.g. sh, ch, th, ng, ee, or; continue to learn how to write lower case letters correctly; begin to learn how to write capital letters; learn to write three letter words independently; begin to write simple sentences independently; write for a range of purposes e.g. captions, letters, shopping lists; learn to recognise high frequency and familiar words.
We will be focusing on teaching children mathematical skills through playing practical maths games inside and outside the classroom. The children will learn to: recognise numerals 0-20. (extension: write numbers 0-20); count reliably up to at least 20 everyday objects, find one more or one less than a number; add together two groups of objects to find the total; name 2D and 3D shapes and describe their properties, (2D shapes: corners and sides: 3D shapes: corners, edges and faces); use language of time - 'o' clocks, recite the days of the week; use mathematical vocabulary to describe size - such as more or less, heavier or lighter, shorter or longer, shorter or taller.
PE takes place on Fridays and this term (with Sports Partnerships), we will be delivering dance sessions across the school, learning the importance of working as a team as well as independently. The children will be improving their balancing, climbing and jumping whilst playing in the outdoor area. 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.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
We will use circle times and songs to continue to develop our social development. This term we will also be helping the children to understand the importance of ‘feeling good’ and being happy and healthy mentally as well as physically. They will be introduced to ‘The Wheel of Well-being’ in a very basic form. This will help them to think about some of the things that they can do to help them feel better and manage any difficulties in life. It’s made up of six areas that together build positive mental health.
Understanding the World
(People and Communities, The World) - Our topic this term is 'The Polars' The children will be learning about life in the Arctic and Antarctic. We will be learning about different animals whilst making comparisons of what we would find locally, and how each are suited to their environment. As part of our topic, we will explore the properties of ice and other materials, developing our own simple investigations. We link as much of our learning as possible to our topic and the children are offered opportunities to explore their own ideas and questions. The children have taken part in a ‘sensational start' for our topic, where they were immersed in a frozen world of amazing ice cubes and Arctic animals! Later in the term (our ‘marvellous middle’) the children will be jetting off to Antarctica for a snowy expedition!
Technology - We will be creating a class Arctic book on the computer, composing/typing our own words and drawing an illustration.
Expressive arts and Design
The children will take part in learning songs, including some that will be sung at our stay and play session. We will be focusing on the skills and techniques of collage and papier mache whilst also working on larger scale projects, such as a papier mache globe and a large igloo. For our life size igloo we will need a team of willing engineers to help us! We will continue acting out traditions / dances / festivals and stories related to Chinese New Year.
Learning outside the classroom ('out and about')
For the whole of this spring term we will be working with the weather: identifying the changes to the trees and plants during the winter and spring, creating ice decorations, snow sculptures (if we are lucky!), rain silhouette pictures and closely observing and recording our work using an iPad.
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.