Welcome to Class 4
At the end of last week we opened the box to find a green, glittery egg inside. Our excellent investigation skills led us to believe it belonged to a dragon!
Today we had a letter from the Dragon Catchers in our register tray. They wrote to tell us that they are planning to come and collect our magical egg at the end of the week. Unfortunately, the bottom of the letter was missing so we had to think of our own instructions on how we would look after our baby dragon if it hatched before the Dragon Catchers arrived.
Class 4 are Solving a Mystery!
We came into our classroom on Tuesday morning to find things weren't quite the same... Tables had been knocked over! Glittery gold footprints had been left on the floor! Windows were wide open! Books had been burnt AND a mysterious box had been left on our carpet! What could it be?! We have been thinking about the clues and wondering who our special visitor could be...
On Tuesday Year 1 were lucky enough to be visited by Jackson-Crane Architecture. We learned all about the role of an architect and even got to practise some skills such as creating building designs. We looked at some of the tools architects use and even got to try on an architects 'uniform'. Our house designs look amazing and we had a fabulous morning. Thanks again to Jackson-Crane Architecture for your time and support!
This week during the nicer weather, we took the opportunity to head outside and make the most of the fresh air. It was wonderful to see the children being so active and following their own interests in our outdoor provision. We had ball games, skipping rope patterns, stilts, skipping, running races, observing nature, making a home for a worm, tower building, imaginary play, building a ‘car’, building a ‘dinosaur den’, comparing different leaves, playing hide and seek, making our own swings using skipping ropes, making adventure courses, using the climbing frames and much more. We love outdoor learning!
Stay and Play Morning
Class 4 want to say a huge THANK YOU for coming to see their new Year 1 classroom yesterday morning. We were able to show you our Construction Area, Creative Corner, Writing Table and lots of other areas we can learn in. We had lots of fun drawing, reading, playing games and showing you around our new classroom with our friends. It was lovely to meet you all!
We had some questions asked about reading and phonics; if you scroll down to the bottom of this page you will be able to find some fun games to play with your children at home. You can also find some more information about Phonics on the general Year 1 information page (Children/Class Pages/Year 1 Page).
Settling into Class 4
The children have settled nicely into Year 1 . we have made our helping hands, built strong , tall towers towers and some bridges to keep us safe from crocodiles! We have started to think about our families and homes.
Some Useful Class 4 Information!
In Year 1 we have 2 P.E. days. Our class P.E. day is Tuesday. Please ensure your child has a P.E. kit that is left in school. We do this to ensure that should we like to take part in any further P.E. or sport, the children can change their clothing appropriately. We then send these P.E. kits home at the end of each half term. Our sporty Joe day is Wednesdays. On Wednesdays we encourage the children to come in already wearing their sports kit and any jewelry (including earrings) will also need to be removed before coming to school.
In school each child has their own peg, where the children hang their coats. However, please ensure that all items of clothing have your child's name and class number written in as they can occasionally go missing around the school. We do our best to find anything that is lost before the end of school however if you are still missing something, you are able to check in the lost property box at the end of the school day. It’s located near the rear school doors (where the FS2 children come in and out of school) and this is also checked regularly by staff.
Your child should now have their new reading books. In Class 4 we aim to change the books on Fridays and encourage the children to follow their own interests by choosing their own books. We will read with your child every week in class through either 1:1 reading, guided reading, phonics or other reading based activities. Depending upon the activity, this isn't always recorded in the reading diary. We also aim to regularly check that your child is on the correct book band. We do this by checking their oral decoding and blending of words, listening to their fluency when reading and making sure that they understand what has been read. It is important that your child is reading both fiction and non-fiction texts which can be easily done by reading text in their everyday environment. This could include things like: leaflets, magazines, postcards, street names, shopping lists, letters etc.
Please pop a note in your child’s book bag if somebody different is picking up your child or call the school office if plans should change during the day. Please also encourage your child to hand the letter to the teacher or catch us on the playground at the start of the day to ensure the letter is seen. As I’m sure lots of our parents will appreciate, we cannot let any child leave our care without prior consent from a parent or guardian. We thank you for your patience with this. If it is a regular club that your child is attending, a letter from home isn’t needed.
Curriculum and topics
Curriculum letters are uploaded to the school website termly to update you on what your child is up to in our class. We thank you for your support with our topics and we love it when the children bring in things from home that supports our topic, whether that be a book, object or picture to share with their friends! We will be starting our homes and Castles topic towards the end of this half term.
We are always really grateful for the support that our parents offer us. Sometimes we have to rely on parent support for certain events to run. Please could you let us know if you are able to help with trips, visits or reading in school.
If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to speak to us on the playground at drop off or pick up, we’ll be more than happy to help as best we can.
Thank you for your support,
The Class 4 Team
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.