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Welcome to Class 5 

Miss McPhail
Year 1

Welcome to the Class 5 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! laugh

Hi Class 5,

I hope you are safe and well. Just a quick message to say that the home learning plans and resources will be posted on our teams page. However I will link this week's plan below also. 

Stay safe and keep being your fabulous selves!

Love and best wishes,

Miss McPhail 

We have been on an adventure in Class 5 and what an interesting place we have visited! As a part of our hot and cold topic, we have been exploring... EGYPT!

We began by looking at the world and used google earth to explore. We looked at the earth as a whole and suggested where might be hot and cold and why. We learned that countries close to the equator are very hot and decided to investigate. We learned that Egypt is part of the continent of Africa. We compared it to our country and decided that the weather here must be very different! We have designed our own maps of Egypt, used atlases to learn about the different continents and plotted on key landmarks. We thought about what animals might live in Egypt and decided to focus on the Camel. We thought about its habitat and most importantly how it is adapted to survive in such a hot, sandy country - we loved having Humpy the camel come to stay in our classroom. We have also practised writing in hieroglyphics and have had a go at inventing our own too. We looked at some exciting Egyptian land marks such as the pyramids, sphinx and the river Nile. We were intrigued by the pyramids and wanted to find out more...

We went right back to Ancient Egypt and learned about some of the pyramids' history. We also learned lots about Pharaohs and the Egyptians that may have lived there 5000 years ago. We had a great time making pyramids from nets and we even had a go at making a sphinx with the Lego! Lots of children were interested in mummies and why they existed. We therefore had a super day learning about mummification (in a child friendly way!) and had a little competition to see which team could create the best mummy! (See the photos). We also LOVED celebrating and having a boogie to 'walk like an Egyptian' by The Bangles and got really into the moves! (See the video)
What a PACKED few weeks we've had!

Walk like an Egyptian

Still image for this video
Today we have been learning all about Diwali and how the festival is celebrated! We loved hearing the story of Rama and Sita and also hearing from other children who celebrate Diwali with their families. We designed our own Mehndi henna patterns, Rangoli patterns to decorate our homes with and some children even used the construction toys to make their own Diyas too. 

We had a special guest arrive in Class 5 this week. He arrived from a far away land and seemed a little confused! We decided to learn about what he was - a camel! We learned all about why camels were so special and how they have adapted to live in their environments. We have named our camel... Humpy! We have learned all about his special hump and what he uses it for! We have spent the morning writing what we now know about camels and practising our capital letters too. 

Happy half term Class 5! 

What a fantastic first half term we've had! You've all been shining stars and I'm so proud of you all for your hard work, resilience and determination. Have a restful break, stay safe and I will see you soon!

Miss McPhail laugh

Mystery update #4

Our egg vanished by the time we came back into school on Thursday! 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 early in the morning! 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 have suggested that if mummy dragon wants to go on holiday, we would be happy to babysit, albeit with an extinguisher nearby (great suggestion class 5!).

Mystery update #3

We now know what it was that was in our classroom!! It was *drumroll* … a DRAGON! We are so excited that we had a dragon egg left in our classroom. The dragon catchers were in contact, but said that they couldn't come until later in the week to collect the egg, so we've been thinking of ways to take care of it. It's tricky thinking about what a baby dragon might need, but we've decided to keep it near water, just in case it sneezes and starts a small fire, we want to make it a blanket to keep it warm and we'd like to give it a cuddle in case it feels lonely. 

Mystery update #2 

The box has been opened! We have a mystery egg in the classroom! What is it? What could it be? We have been looking closely and gently touching the egg to try and work out what it could be. We have some egg-cellent suggestions! We thought it could be a dinosaur because it's a very big egg. It might be an ostrich because they have wings. It might be a snake because the egg is cold and snakes are cold blooded. It might be a giraffe because it must have been tall to reach the window. It could be a fish, because the egg feels scaly.... and many, many more brilliant ideas! We must wait and find out!

Mystery update #1

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 person entered our classroom. We have also discovered that the book was burned, not bitten as it smells like fire. 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 person 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 are a Chameleon because it might have camouflaged itself to get into our classroom. It might also be a polar bear because they're big so their feet would fit the footprints. It might also be a unicorn because they can fly! Great detective skills class 5!

A Class 5 Mystery!
We came into our classroom on Tuesday morning to find things weren't quite the same... Chairs had been knocked over! Glittery footprints had been left on the floor! Windows were wide open! An art book had been burnt AND a mysterious box with scratch marks and a WARNING sign had been left on our table! What could it be?? We have been thinking about the clues and wondering who our special visitor might be...

Our Classroom

Hi Class 5 mummies and daddies (and wider family members smiley). 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...

Welcome to Class 5!

Class 5 Information


In Year 1 we have 2 P.E. days. Our class P.E. day is on a Monday afternoon. 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. 

Name Labels

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 5 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. 


Collection arrangements

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 Miss McPhail in the playground to arrange when you are able to come in to listen to some Class 5 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 smiley)


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,

Miss McPhail

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.


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!

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.


Have Fun!


*** 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 me on the playground smiley ***