Welcome to Class 8
Below is a list of useful phonics games which can be played at home with your children to support them with their reading. These games are also accessible on most tablets and smart phone devices.
Picnic on Pluto
Select either Phase 3 (for an easier challenge), Phase 4 (to practise blending consonants together) or 5 (to practise something new/trickier). Choose between practising one specific sound (i.e. ‘ay’) or practising all the sounds in that phase by clicking the ‘revise all’ button in the bottom right hand corner. The children will then need to read the word that appears and decide whether the word is ‘real’ or ‘made up’ and then feed it to the right alien. We use this game lots in school so the children should be familiar. There are also lots of other free games on this website if you wish to explore!! ‘Dragon’s Den’ and ‘Buried Treasure’ follow the same format.
Start by selecting the group of sounds you would like to practise (and making sure the volume on your computer/device is turned up!) The children will be given one of these sounds and will need to pop as many bubbles as they can with the same sound on as possible. Have fun!
Deep Sea Phonics
In this game, children can practise spelling as well as reading. Choose a difficulty (make sure the volume on your computer/device is turned up again!) and listen to the word. The children will then need to choose the right sounds to blend together to spell the word.
Children can also use their phonics mats to help them break down unfamiliar words when reading at home.
If you have any questions or would like a new phonics mat, please catch us on the playground.
World Book Day
We had lots of fun dressing up for World Book Day last week. Can you guess our favourite books?
Our Traction Man Characters
Before half term we had lots of fun reading a book called Traction Man. Traction Man is a action figure who goes on superhero missions to save other toys from characters such as Dr Sock, Professor Spade and Evil Dishcloth!! We made our own villains out of household objects to star in our own Traction Man adventure stories. Look how fantastic they are!!
We read our stories to our friends.
We have started our new topic learning all about superheroes and our super bodies! We have created our own superhero identities and our new Superhero Headquarters has opened! We have been asking questions about the human body and practised our measuring using objects around the classroom.
Our Christmas Party!
Christmas has begun in Year 1! We have been getting stuck in with lots of Christmas challenges. Take a look at our festive Lego models. Can you guess what they are? We have also been building igloos out of straws and getting stuck in with some Christmas maths challenges. We have been solving subtraction number sentences to reveal secret pictures!
We have enjoyed wearing our Christmas jumpers to raise money for Save the Children.
We have been busy using clay to make our dragons. Take a look!
Our trip to Tamworth Castle
We had a very exciting day at Tamworth Castle. We visited the servant and helped her lay the table for the Lord and Lady of the castle. We also practised jousting in the great hall and had fun trying on the heavy suits of armour in the castle's armoury. One of our favourite parts was visiting the dungeon and then climbing up the narrow passageway to look out of one of the castle's arrow slits. We also climbed to the top of the tower. What a busy, busy day!!
POP! WHIZZ! BANG! ZOOM! ZAP!
We have had a fun filled bonfire themed day in Class 8! We read The Gunpowder Plot story and learnt all about Guy Fawkes. Have a look at all the activities we got up to including listening at the sounds fireworks make and performing our own firework displays in our role play area. We also made our own Class 8 firework by filling a jar with water, glitter and swirly pipe cleaners. We liked watching the bottle shake and the glitter move like fireworks.
Cardboard Box Castle
We have worked really hard making our class castle out of cardboard tubes and boxes. The castle looks fantastic and some knights have already moved in!
Our First Weeks in Year 1
We have had a busy first couple of weeks as Year Ones. We have started our topic on Castles and have had lots of fun writing, dressing up as knights and eating banquets in our new role play areas. We have also drawn castles and drawn ourselves as Kings and Queens! We started box modelling our castles this week and are excited to soon show you what we have made. Thank you for all your donations of cardboard tubes and boxes, they will make fantastic battlements and turrets. We also hope you enjoyed visiting our new classrooms on our reading and meet the teacher morning.
Our Reading Morning
Thank you to everyone who came!