Welcome to Class 4
Welcome to Class 4's 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!
This week we have been learning all about the things that we can hear as that is one of our 5 senses. We went on a sound hunt outside and listened carefully to the sound of the wind, the trees rustling and the sound of our footsteps. We also enjoys a lovely yoga class where we went on a trip to the park. We got very creative in art as we explored the primary colours by printing patterns with potatoes- Don't worry, it wasn't Supertato!
We have been doing lots of exciting learning these last couple of weeks. We are learning all about the 5 senses, counting back and forwards, learning 1 more and 1 less in Maths. We have enjoying our Superhero topic and we also had a go at making some Pop Art Superhero words like POW! ZAP! and SPLASH! Here are some pictures for you to enjoy.
We have all been getting used to the new routines of being in Year 1. It is such an exciting new experience for class 4. Take a look at what we have been up to over the last couple of weeks.
Class 4 Information
In Year 1 we have 2 P.E. days. Our class P.E. day is on a Tuesday. Our Sporty Sophie 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 MONDAYS 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 or contact the office 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 me 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 will be more than happy to help as best we can.
Thank you for all the support,
The Class 4 Team
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 ***