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Welcome to Class 1 September 2018

Welcome to Class 1 2018 - 2019 with our EYFS team; Mrs Priestley, Mrs Chapman, 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

  • Your child will have PE twice a week. We ask that they keep their PE kit in school with plimsolls, navy/black shorts, yellow t-shirt and some spare underwear in-case of accidents.
  • The children will bring home phonics homework each Friday. Please support your child to trace the outline letter in 5 colours to turn it into a rainbow letter, then trace over the small dotted letters using a writing pencil. Homework should be returned to school no later than Wednesday.
  • Reading books will be changed at least once a week so please send your child's reading book and reading record into school each day. Children start on picture books and progress onto phonics first readers and 'Oxford Reading Tree' scheme books. Please write a comment in the reading record each time you read with your child.
  • Please support your child with their blue Word Book as often as possible, supporting them with early blending and segmenting skills to enable them to read words independently using phonic skills.
  • Can all children bring a pair of wellington boots with their name written inside, to keep in school. This will allow us to access our outdoor area whatever the weather. Children will need hats/gloves in the winter months and sun cream and a cap in the summer.
  • If you have any queries or concerns we operate an open door policy. Please call in to see your child's teacher at the beginning or end of the school day. Alternatively phone school to make an appointment at a time that suits you.


Click on the links below to access some fun learning songs and games.
Maths links
Phonics links
Links to songs

2.4.19 Class 1 Easter Egg Hunt

Outdoor word hunt

We thought of some names for our chicks

We build obstacle courses and houses for our chicks

We watched our chick hatch!

We had a fantastic time at 'Believe and Be' in Consett. We explored different occupations through role-play and took on many different jobs including; Chef, Hairdresser, Builder, Doctor, Nurse, Policeman, Firefighter, Shop Assistant, Mam, Dad.

A glimpse into the future of what our little ones may become!

Throughout week beginning 21st January we held our 2nd 'Stay and Play'. We shared an ebook and explored different reading strategies. Throughout the session we played with our grown-ups, accessing a range of reading activities linked to our current 'Frozen' topic. We also logged onto 'Reading Eggs', an app that we can access at home and school via our personal log-in. Finally we shared our 'Learning Journals' so our grown-ups can see all of the exciting activities and learning opportunities we have had and the progress we are making!

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!

Music with Miss Foster

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!

We found a fairy house in our outdoor classroom!

The children were so excited today when they found a cluster of toadstools in our outdoor classroom. "I think it's a fairy house." It has really stirred the children's imagination - who knows what will happen next?!

Building fairy houses

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.

Making Fairy Wands

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."

Fairy Potions in our new outdoor kitchen

We have been exploring weight and capacity in our new outdoor kitchen. We followed the recipe to make a wish potion using a range of natural materials.

Texture fairies

We used a range of media and materials to create our own textured fairies. Children thought carefully about what they needed and why. "I need something hard for the wings so they won't break." "Wool is soft for the hair."

Addition with the Fairy Queen

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.

P.E using large and small apparatus

Throughout Autumn 2 we have been using the small and large apparatus in PE. We explored different ways of moving and balancing through, over, under and on different sized pieces of apparatus. We also considered risks and talked about how to keep ourselves safe. We had lots of fun and really challenged ourselves to find news ways of doing things.

The children have enjoyed our focus text 'Goldilocks and the 3 Bears'. We shared the story and the children joined in with repeated refrains. They then went on to explore the story further in different classroom ares; paintings in the craft area, re-telling the story with puppets, building houses and furniture in the construction area and much more.

Busy little fingers

We have participated in weekly 'Busy Little Finger' challenges to strengthen our wrist and finger muscles and dexterity. These activities focusing on fine motor skills will help to prepare us for writing and pencil control.

Pumpkin play

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.

The children have enjoyed our focus text 'Paper Dolls'. We shared the story and the children joined in with repeated singing refrains. They then went on to explore the story further in different classroom ares; collage paper dolls in the craft area, re-telling the story in the library, re-enacting the story using props and much more.

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. 

Dinosaur Play

Wow! We can write CVC words!

We have been practising oral blending and segmenting with Metal Mike and Baby Joey. Now we are applying our skills and have started to write CVC words! What a fantastic start!

Look at what we have been doing in our outdoor area!

We have enjoyed exploring our outdoor classroom and the resources available to us. There have been lots of opportunities for developing positive relationships with friends, team work and collaboration.

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.