Welcome to Class 1
2017 - 2018
Welcome to Class 1 2017 - 2018 with our EYFS team; Mrs Priestley, Mrs Bentham, Miss Stafford and Mrs Miller. 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 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!
We had great fun building our own Ice Sculptures using different size, shape and colour pieces of ice. We worked together to build and balance the ice to make an Ice Palace for Elsa! We had to work really fast before the ice started to melt and turned too slippery to build with!
During the week beginning 22nd of January we enjoyed our 2nd Stay and Play session! We showed our families all of the different ways that we have been learning to add, including using our fingers, our head to count on and our 'Adding Machine'. We enjoyed lots of 'Frozen' themed activities, shared 'Learning Journals' and looked at our class page on our website.
Today we noticed some of our favourite characters were missing from our 'Frozen World'. Elsa's ice powers had gone terribly wrong and she had frozen Anna, Olaf and Kristoff. Together we explored our 'frozen' characters trapped in ice and thought about how we could rescue them. We thought our warm hands would melt the ice and it did but very slowly. Then we decided to put the ice in a container near the heater, which also worked but slowly too. Our best idea was to hold the ice under a warm tap which melted the ice really quickly. Hooray - we worked together and saved Anna, Olaf and Kristoff!!
Class 1 boys and girls took to the stage in their first school Nativity 'Christmas with the Aliens'. They played shepherds, sheep and angels and lit up the stage with their smiles, singing and confidence. We are so proud of each and every one of you - you are all superstars!
We have been working so hard on writing our names. We have practised it in lots of different ways, inside and outside. Look at how clever we are!
Throughout Mission Week we have been exploring the theme 'Unbroken' and how God's love for us is never ending. We have made our own bead bracelets with a wooden heart charm to remind us of how much God loves us, We decorated paper strips to make into paper chains with pictures and messages relating to the theme 'unbroken' and sent some to other primary schools involved in mission week, We set up a class prayer station in the corridor for all children, families and parish community to use. We took individual photographs and then placed them around the edge of a circle so we were all holding hands together, unbroken. We also took part in a whole school balloon release. It was lovely to all wear our mission week t-shirts for the week and to know that we were taking part in something really special.
Throughout Autumn 2 we have been exploring colour mixing. We scooped powder paints into our mixing tray and added water. We painted each colour we used as a square on Elmer the elephants body and when we mixed colours together to make a new colour, we painted our new colours as a square on Elmer's body too. We had lots of messy fun making lots of new colours and also lighter and darker shades of colours! Soon we had explored mixing so many colours that our Elmer elephants bodies were completely coloured.
We have been reading 'Monkey Puzzle' and the children have been very interested in drawing and painting jungle animals from the story. Together we found some jungle animals made from hand prints on google images and printed them as a stimulus. The children really enjoyed rising to the challenge of trying to make their own hand print animals and figuring out how to replicate the hand print animals completely independently! Look at the wonderful results with excellent use of colour, pattern and detail.
Following our 'real maths' week, our Asda online shop and delivery and our visit from Bern, the children were really keen to set up their own Asda role-play area. They have really enjoyed taking on the role of the customer, working on the till, packing shopping for online orders and receiving orders via the Asda website on the laptop.
The children have loved 'Real Maths Week'. Following bonfire night we decided to make our own chocolate apples to sell to our families. On Monday we wrote a list of what we would need and decided on quantities. On Tuesday we went on the Asda website and did an online shop together, selecting a delivery slot during school time. On the Wednesday 'Dan the Asda van man' arrived at school at 10am. We went to the car park to collect our shopping from the Asda van and Dan told us about his job. We checked that we had received everything that we had ordered (the sticks for our chocolate apples were unavailable) and everyone helped to carry our ingredients into class. We sent a text message to our families inviting them into school on Thursday to buy the chocolate apples priced at 2 for £1. We set up a shop in class and took turns to sell the chocolate apples to our own family members on Thursday morning, making £18! The following Monday, 'Bern' came to talk to us about her role at Asda and explained how Asda receive online shop orders, then pack and deliver them. The children asked some really good questions and enjoyed finding out about what it's like to work in Asda.
Throughout Autumn 2 we are enjoying weekly Music Sessions with Mrs Foster. We have explored rhythm, beat, pace and dynamics and are building a bank of songs with actions that we can sing from memory. We especially enjoy playing the musical instruments to accompany songs and keep the beat.
Today the children were talking about the leaves falling off the trees and changing colour. One child said, 'It's because it's Autumn now', so we decided to go outside and explore. The children enjoyed collecting lots of different coloured leaves and talked about the colours and patterns they could see. They also recognised that the brown, crunchy leaves were dead leaves so we didn't collect those. We brought the leaves into the classroom where some children decided to use them to make their own Autumn leaf pictures. Look at their imaginative creations!
The children have enjoyed 'Pumpkin Play' this week; chopping, scooping and exploring pumpkin seeds, flesh and skin. As they played and pretended to make pumpkin soup and pumpkin pie, they talked about what they did at Halloween. The children listened and responded to each other talking about costumes that they wore and who took them 'Trick or Treating'. They also spoke about pumpkins that they have seen in the shops, or pumpkins that they have been carving in their house.
Throughout Autumn 1 we have been learning lots of Ring Games in PE. The children have developed skills in taking turns, and have enjoyed joining in with rhymes, songs and actions. Some of our favourites are; Old Macdonald, Sad and Lonely Girl, and Isn't it funny. We have also been working really hard on developing independence with dressing and undressing for PE.
Welcome to Class 1 2016 - 2017
Below are links to some useful Phonics websites that the children use in class and can also access at home. The games consolidate key skills including letter recognition, initial sounds, oral blending and matching sounds and words to pictures. We will add more website links throughout the year.
Monday 27th February. Today 11 'Living Eggs' have been delivered to Class One. We are so excited. The eggs are in an incubator to keep them warm. They have been in an incubator for 19 days and our chicks should start to hatch on day 21 (Wednesday). Fingers crossed!
We have been exploring addition using our new 'Adding Machine'. We select a number card for each jug and count that many pompoms into each. Then we pour the pompoms into the tubes and the machine puts them all together. We count the total amount to work out the answer to the addition sum.
Throughout Spring 1 we are really excited about our 'Little Dribblers' football coaching sessions. Anthony and Michael will be working with us every Tuesday morning, teaching key football skills through lots of fun games and activities. We will keep adding new photographs throughout the half-term!
Today we noticed some of our favourite characters were missing from our 'Frozen World'. Elsa's ice powers had gone terribly wrong and she had frozen Anna, Olaf and Kristoff. Together, we explored our 'frozen' characters and thought about how we could rescue them from being trapped inside the ice. We thought our warm hands would melt the ice and it did but very slowly. Then we decided to put the ice in a container near the heater, which also worked but slowly too. Our best idea was to hold the ice under a warm tap which melted the ice really quickly. Hooray - we worked together and saved Anna, Olaf and Kristoff!!
We had great fun building our own Ice Sculptures using different size, shape and colour pieces of ice. We made towers, animal homes and even designed our very own Ice Palace for Elsa! We had to work as a team and work really fast before the ice started to melt and turned too slippery to build with!
We have enjoyed playing in our 'snow' which feels realistically cold and wet! We got our antarctic animals from our 'Frozen World' and played with them in their natural environment.
Throughout Autumn 2 we have been exploring colour mixing in lots of different ways. We scooped powder paints into our mixing tray and added water. Each time we made a new colour we painted a square on Elmer the elephants body. We also used ready mix paint, mixing the colour with our fingers, brushes, paint rollers and paint combs to see what new colours we could make. We had lots of messy fun and made lots of new colours and also lighter and darker shades of colours!
Linked to our learning about colour mixing, we iced firework biscuits today. We used a cocktail stick to add drops of different coloured food colouring onto our icing and then swirl all of the colours together. They looked fantastic and tasted even better!!
This week we have enjoyed 'pumpkin play' in the tuff spot. We scooped and scraped and chopped as we explored the pumpkins. We talked to each other about our pumpkins at home and Halloween.
Welcome to Class 1 2015 - 2016
Welcome to Class 1 2015 - 2016 with Mrs Priestley, Mrs Bentham and Miss Stafford. 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. 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!
On Wednesday 22nd June we enjoyed a sweet treat as our school was transformed in a chocolate factory for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory writing day. Our teachers in Class One for the day were Miss Lollipop and Miss Candy Cane and they had a sweet shop full of fizzy bottles, marshmallows, foam bananas, jelly rings, juicy lipsand much more! We each got 10p to spend in a drawstring purse and we had to work out what we could buy with our money and write a shopping list. Some of us wrote our own stories about a chocolate factory which are brilliant - we hope you enjoy them! Look at our acrostics too - we had such a busy day!!
On Monday 22nd February we got 10 eggs delivered to Class 1 from 'Living Eggs'. They had been incubating for 19 days. Today (Wednesday 24th February) was day 21 and our first chick hatched at 14:30. The children were so excited to observe the chick pecking its way out of the shell and emerging from the egg. We were so lucky to see it all just before the end of the school day. We recorded all of the action on the IPad and hope that you enjoy sharing the experience together at home.
We have enjoyed our 2nd 'Stay and Play' throughout the week beginning 25th January 2016. We looked at some phonics websites that we use at school and can use at home too. The links to the phonics games and websites are listed below. We also looked at our school website and in particular, our Class page. Throughout the morning we played indoors and outdoors and explored a range of phonics activities. We also shared our 'Learning Journals' with our families.
Here are some links to fun phonics games that we use in class. They will support your child with learning their letter sounds, initial sounds, reading and more. Have fun!
Linked to our learning about 'People Who Help Us', we have set up a Post Office in class. Everybody wrote a letter to their families, put it in an envelope and stuck on their address label and a stamp. Then we all went to the post box over the road from school and posted our letters! We cant wait for the Postman to deliver our letters to our homes!
We enjoyed our 1st 'Stay and Play' session throughout the week beginning 5th October. We enjoyed showing our families how well we have settled into our new classroom and how we do register and morning prayers. We played a phonics game with our Literacy puppet 'Baby Joey' and at the end of ‘Stay and Play’ we did active counting together – it was great fun! Our focus activity for the session was to decorate our name in the Craft Area. We can't wait for the next 'Stay and Play' in the New Year.
Welcome to Class 1 2014 - 2015
Welcome to Class One with Mrs Priestley and Mrs Mathias.
We hope you will enjoy looking at all of the things we have been learning about in Class One.
Look out for website links to useful educational games that we have been using in class, and you can use at home too.
We had a great time taking part in the Runathon on Tuesday 9th June. First we warmed up with our sports leaders. Then we got into position at the start line and waited for the claxon to sound. We ran around the school field perimeter 4 times, which is a long way to run for little legs! We all did so well and enjoyed taking part. Everyone was ready for a drink to cool down afterwards!
We have enjoyed weekly 'Story Parties' with Katie and Gary from 'Seven Stories' in Newcastle. We have listened to lots of stories including, 'Pig in the Pond' and 'Gorilla', and have explored the stories, characters and events using props, our voices, role-play, music and lots of other media, to bring the stories to life!
We enjoyed our 4th 'Stay and Play' session during the week beginning 27th April. Our main focus of the session was to observe the sunflowers that we have been growing, measure their height with cubes, and record an entry in our sunflower diary. We also enjoyed playing indoors and outdoors and showing our families what we have been learning about.
We enjoyed our 3rd 'Stay and Play' session throughout the week beginning 9th March. We played in our small world 'Frozen', 'Farm' and 'Dinosaur' areas, exploring being imaginative and developing vocabulary and communication skills. We enjoyed playing with our families and had lots of fun!