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Class 5

Welcome to Class 5
Miss McPhail
Year 1

Bonkers at Conkers!!


We LOVED our trip to Conkers. We were lucky enough to have perfect weather conditions allowing us to be outside all day! We began the day by looking at food chains and we learned some new phrases such as primary and secondary consumers. We then went on to making mud animals. We had to scoop up a heap of mud from a muddy pit and use it to form the shape of an animal. We then added things like stikcs and leaves to create more detail. We had some fantastic animals made such as: Wolves, worms, ladybirds, foxes, hedgehogs, giraffes and many more! Next we had a play in the outdoor playpark. We played on big slides and zip lines and had a really good run around. After lunch we took the miniature train back to the main area and we did a barefoot walk! This was really exciting and the children all got stuck in and had a go! They used lots of fantastic describing words and thought about the senses that they were using. We had so much fun and it was really fantastic to see the children so excited by the outdoors! Well done Class 5. 

Healthy Fortnight!


What a busy 2 weeks we have had! There has been so much going on at school which we have found super exciting! We have tried out lots of sports, including: hockey, football, cricket, rugby, sporty Joe, climbing wall and Drumba. We all gave each sport a really good try, with the rock climbing wall and Drumba being Class 5's particular favourites!

As well as sport though, we have thought about how we can be healthy in other ways. We have been learning about mindfulness in class and have had some time to relax and reflect each day. We have had some circle times thinking about how we can keep our body and minds healthy too. We have also been talking about healthy eating, creating a healthy food plate each. We conducted a survey of Class 5's favourite fruit and found that overall we like pineapple the most (albeit closely followed by strawberries)! We have had a go at some observational drawing of fruit and even made our ideal fruit bowls. We are finishing the week by visiting Marlborough Court tomorrow with a group of children to spend some time with some elderly neighbours in our community. We are going to play some board games with them and share some of the things that we have been learning about staying healthy. Well done Class 5, a brilliant effort made by all!


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Duckling update!


Our ducklings seem to be loving life in their new home at the farm. They have grown lots and are ready to enter the pond next week. They all stick together and have become a flock. We are thrilled they are doing so well! 

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Duckling hatching!

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Class 5 Talent Show!


Today we decided to celebrate the talent that we have in Class 5! We had a class 5 talent show! ...and what a show it was! We had lots of different acts such as joke telling, gymnastics, dancing, singing, expressive movement and martial arts. The children loved showing off some secret (and some not so secret) talents! Well done to everyone that took part, not forgetting the children that chose to be part of an enthusiastic and supportive audience too. Class 5 certainly has got talent! laugh

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The eggs have arrived!


We are so excited that our duckling eggs have arrived today. We had a talk from the people at the farm that brought us the eggs too. They showed us some real ducklings, goslings, egg shells from a variety of birds and then finally our own eggs. They also talked to us about how to care for the eggs and how to best look after them. We are keeping a close eye on them to see when they hatch! Watch this space laugh

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Last week we visited The Caves of Nottingham and the National Justice Museum! We had a great time exploring the depths of the manmade caves underneath the city. In the National Justice Museum we got to explore an old police station, try on old and new police uniforms and have a look round old jail rooms. We also were shown inside an old court room and we re-enacted the trial of Robin Hood. We loved having a go at dressing up and being a challenging jury! (We decided Robin Hood was a good man who wasn't guilty - although not all of us agreed). We had a super day! smiley
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We've had a really lovely time in class 5 today celebrating world book day. We have spent the week sharing some of our favourite books, characters and authors. Today we brought in some of our favourite stories and shared them with our friends. We also got snuggly in our jim-jams to listen to some class stories!

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Something very odd has been happening in Class 5 this week. It seems that we have had a visitor! We have loved following the clues to try and work out what has entered our class this week. We have finally worked out it was a dragon! We've had so much fun designing friendly monsters, writing instructions about how to look after a baby dragon and investigating all of the clues left in our classroom! I wonder what will happen next in Class 5...

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Bonfire Night!


In Class 5 we have had a fantastic week celebrating Bonfire Night. We have learned all about the Gun Powder Plot and have had lots of fun making our own fireworks. We have been using pipe cleaners to draw in glitter, using paint to create our own fireworks and practised our cutting skills to make rockets out of 2D shapes. We have even made our own acrostic poems all about bonfire night! smiley

In Year One this half term we have been looking at houses and homes. We have been really interested in lots of different types of houses and this has made us think about what we might want in our dream house!

We have been lucky enough to have been visited by Jackson-Crane Architecture this week to extend our thinking about our dream homes. We talked about who an architect is and what jobs they do. We also looked at some floorplans and blueprints before creating our own for our dream houses! We have had lots of fun drawing and constructing different types of houses in class 5!


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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.


Phoneme Pop
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!

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.