Welcome to Class 1 September 2018
Welcome to Class 1 2018 - 2019 with our EYFS team; Mrs Priestley, Mrs Bentham, Miss Stafford and Miss Mather. We have lots of exciting plans for the year ahead and will share the children's learning and experiences with you on our class page as well as during 'Stay and Play' sessions, Parent Workshops, and through sharing the children's 'Learning Journals'. Most recent photographs and work will always be at the top of the page. Watch out for links to websites that we use in class, with fun, educational games that the children can access at home to support them with their learning. Enjoy!
Weekly Routines in Class 1 - Important Information
We came into school in our PJ's and climbed aboard 'The Polar Express' for a Christmas adventure. We spent the morning in our pastoral groups, travelling to each classroom in school to take part in a carousel of activities, including writing letters to Santa. After lunch we had a surprise visit from Santa, then watched the movie 'Polar Express' with hot chocolate and a cookie.
We enjoyed taking part in our first school Nativity performance of 'The Sleepy Shepherd'. We really shone like stars, singing and dancing with confidence. Class 1 were brilliant sheep and beautiful dancing angels and made everybody very proud!
Throughout Autumn 2 we have enjoyed weekly music sessions with Miss Foster. Throughout the sessions we have explored rhythm, pitch, and dynamics. We have also explored basic percussion instruments and different ways of playing them, and have used them to accompany songs and stories. We have enjoyed being mini musicians!
A few days after finding the toadstools we received a letter from the Fairy Queen. It explained that the recent storm had damaged the fairy houses and they needed somewhere safe and dry to stay. We decided to build new homes for the fairies in our outdoor classroom. The children explored which materials and resources they wanted to use, thinking about durability in wind and rain, structure and finding a sheltered location to build the houses. We think the fairies will be very happy with the new homes we built.
The children decided to make fairy wands to leave for the fairies. They collected sticks outside, then brought them into the craft area and decorated them with a range of media and materials. The children talked about buttons, pipe cleaners etc that they added and what magic powers they gave the fairies. "This button brings things back to life." "This button fixes things that are broken.""This bit helps animals."
We explored the concept of addition with the Fairy Queen and Bessie Belle. We counted jewels for each fairy, then waved the magic wand and said, "Bibbedi Bobbedi Boo." The magic put all of the jewels together so we could count the total number of jewels once they had been added together.
We had great fun playing with the pumpkins. We chopped, scooped and sliced the pumpkin, exploring the smell and feel of the pumpkin skin, flesh and seeds. As we played, we talked about our own experiences of pumpkins and associated events around Halloween time.
During 'Real Maths' week we decided to make fairy cakes linked tot the children's interest in fairies.
On Monday we wrote a list of the ingredients we would need and worked out how many cakes we needed to make. The children decided to make enough for 2 cakes per family and to charge £1 for 2 cakes.
On Tuesday we did an Asda shop online. We searched for the items we needed, added them to the basket, paid for them and then arranged for a delivery the next day.
On Wednesday 'Richard the Asda man' arrived in his van just after 9am. We met him in the carpoark to collect our online order and check it was all there.
On Thursday we made the fairy cakes ready to sell, using key skills such as counting, weighing, measuring and timing.
On Friday we held our cake sale. Our families came to our 'Class 1 shop' to buy our fairy cakes. We made £32!
A parent who work in our local Asda also came into school to talk to us about her different roles in Asda, and what happens when you place an online order.
Throughout the week beginning 1st October we held our 1st 'Stay and Play' session of this academic year. The children enjoyed showing their families around their new indoor and outdoor classroom, and introducing them to their new friends. Family members took part in a phonics session with Metal Mike and have been set a home challenge to make their own version of Metal Mike ready for phonics homework in the coming weeks.