Welcome to Class 1
Our school day starts when the children arrive between 8:30 and 8:50 am. During this time the children complete their morning activities; either writing their name or a simple sentence then they choose what they would like for dinner. The Year One children come in to school and complete Morning Maths activities. During the morning the children take part in several activities e.g. Wake and Shake, Read Write Inc (Phonics Programme), to Maths activities. During the afternoon they have assemblies and Literacy activities. Our day ends at 3:15 where you can collect your child from the classroom door.
In Reception we focus on a free flow approach where the children are encouraged to try the several activities planned on the tables. These activities link to the topic we are looking at. They get progressively harder as the year progresses and we try to ensure a width breadth of learning is taking place. This ranges from Role Play, Expressive Arts, Physical Development to more focused adult learning in Maths and Literacy.
We try to do our PE lessons on a Wednesday afternoon but we ask that you keep your child's PE kit in school all week in case this changes or we get more opportunity during the week for extra lessons. Year One's PE lessons take place Thursday afternoon.
We welcome any parents that would like to come in and look at their child's learning at any point during the year. We do hold Open Phonics for reception parents where you are welcome to come and look at how your child learns the phonemes and uses them to help read and write.
Over the Spring Term at Whitemoor the children in Class One focused on two authors - Julia Donaldson and Sue Hendra.
We started the topic with a Gruffalo Tea Party where the children went on a letter hunt, moved in the same way as the characters from the story and ate some Gruffalo themed food.
Over the first half term we read several Julia Donaldson stories which were The Gruffalo, Snail and the Whale, Freddie and the Fairy, Charlie Cooks Favourite Book, What the Ladybird Heard and Jack and the Flum Flum Tree.
Over the half term the children learnt to create different sections of stories from exciting openings and solving problems that happen in the middle. They worked hard to create simple sentences using the correct punctuation. The children also recreated story maps of stories that we have read. We looked at numbers 1-20 and used them to place in order, and add/subtract them from each other. The children then worked on sharing their answers through using the part-part-whole model. They have also worked on developing their understanding on positional and directional language, directing the ladybird around the farm correctly. The children also learnt about fairies and looked at the tooth fairy and how best to look after their teeth and keep their bodies healthy. In PE the children did some YOGA where they learnt to moved their bodies in a controlled way to create shapes.
Throughout the second half of the term, we looked at the author Sue Hendra. We read her stories Norman the Slug, Keith and the Magic Hat, Simon Sock and Cake.
Whilst looking at these stories, the children developed their character in more detail, learnt about onomatopoeia and created their own story books which were published online here: https://read.bookcreator.com/library/-M1kgCn7TsXroOqQVTty
. In Maths the children looked more at numbers and learnt how to double, half and share amounts to 20. They would do this practically using objects to help them. They also looked at 2D and 3D shapes, thinking about the properties of them. The children also looked at mini-beasts and life cycles of them. They helped to adapt the bug hotel ready for bugs to visit. In PE the children completed different dance routines linking to the theme that week. They moved in rhythmically ways like different animals and learnt some old fashioned party dances towards the end.
In the second half of the topic the children had a school trip to Brannel Cinema. They made their own popcorn to take and watch the Gruffalo and Gruffalo's child. The children had the place to themselves and really enjoyed this.
Well done for working really hard over the Spring Term and we cannot wait to see you all back at school.