Welcome to Class 4
Welcome to the Class 4 page!
Here you will find out important class information, find out what we've been up to and find some useful links to website to support reading at home. Scroll down and take a look!
Hi Class 4 mummies and daddies (and wider family members ). We're sad we can't show you around our lovely new classroom, so we took some photos of some of the things we've been getting up to in our first week as Year 1s...
The mystery is solved!
We opened the box as a class and discovered an egg! We spent some time deciding the best way to look after our egg and what we thought was inside it but then suddenly the egg vanished from it's special nest!!! We wondered where it could have gone? Did it hatch and fly off? Did the thing that left it here come to collect it? Had the dragon catchers visited but forgot to leave us a note?
We checked the school entrance cameras to help us solve the mystery...
Mummy dragon visited our school whilst we were coming in from playtime. She must have missed her baby and wanted to take it home with her. We thought about lots of reasons why this might be. The children are already missing our egg but we are glad it was reunited with it's mother.
Class 4 detectives.
We've been doing lots of investigating and observing closely since our mystery box has arrived. We have really enjoyed becoming detectives and using magnifying glasses to take a closer look around the classroom. So far we have found trails of glitter that has shown us how the mystery box entered our classroom. We think whatever it was might have big claws because they must have climbed up the bricks to get to the top floor of the building. We think the mystery being was also either really big or really clumsy, or else chairs and other things wouldn't have been tipped over. Our main guesses so far is that it might be a magic dinosaur because they're big so their feet would fit the footprints. It might also be a magic fairy because it can fly! Great detective skills class 4!
It's been a busy week in Class 4. We have been exploring our new independent activities around the classroom. We have been looking at different types of pumpkins and having a go at drawing them using autumnal colours. We have also been playing Obb and Bob using our word bins and finding the missing number in a number sequence. We really enjoyed exploring our local area using Google Maps and looking at where we lived close up in Streetview mode.
Class 4 Information
In Year 1 we have 2 P.E. days. Our class P.E. day is on a Tuesday. Our Sporty Ross P.E. session is on a Thursday morning. Please ensure your child comes dressed in their P.E. kit on P.E days and any jewellery (including earrings) will 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 name stickers or names 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 this isn’t always possible. However, 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 and is 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 choose their own books. We will read with your child every week in class through either 1:1 reading, guided reading, phonics or other reading activities. Depending upon the activity, this isn't always recorded in the reading diary, however rest assured your child is doing lots of regular reading with an adult in school. 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. We would also encourage them to be reading text in their everyday environment. This could include things like: leaflets, magazines, postcards, street names, shopping lists, letters etc.
We do our best to make sure home time is as swift as possible. Please can you ensure that you pop a note in your child’s book bag if someone different is picking up your child. Please also encourage your child to hand the letter to the teacher 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 as we are aware of which children go to after school clubs and groups.
Curriculum and topics
We send out curriculum letters each term to keep you updated with our topics (About Us/Curriculum). 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.
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 or visits. We are also always looking out for any family members who can volunteer to listen to the children read regularly in school. If you think you are able to help, please catch Mrs Jackson-Crane or Mrs Kennerley in the playground to arrange when you are able to come in to listen to some Class 4 readers! (currently we are not asking for parent volunteers due to Covid restrictions, however we are hoping this will be started back up in the near future )
If you have any 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 all the support,
Mrs Jackson - Crane and Mrs Kennerley.
In Year 1 we place a big importance on reading and phonics. We do lots of reading practise in school, but it would be even better if this could be supported at home. Below are some 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 phones.
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 already be familiar with this. 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.
*** If you have any questions about Phonics or would like a copy of any phonics sound mats, like the ones used in school, please catch us on the playground ***