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Welcome to Class 5 

Miss McPhail
Year 1

Hi Class 5!


I just wanted to leave a quick message to say thank you to everyone that came to the meet-up and/or the Zoom call. It's really, really lovely to see you all and hear about how you are getting on! I'm already looking forward to the next meet-up and can't wait to see you all there.

You're all doing fantastic! Well done to each and every one of you.


Keep safe, keep smiling.


Love Miss McPhail heart

We miss you Class 5!!

I hope you are all safe and well and keeping busy and I can't wait to see you all back at school. 

Love Miss McPhail heart

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

Our Visit To The Caves

We had a fabulous time at the caves last Monday. We learnt all about the 700+ sandstone caves underneath our city of Nottingham! Some of us got to dress up as the characters in the story of Robin Hood and some of us had the important role of deciding- as a jury- if he was guilty of stealing. An action packed, history filled day!

Following this, we have written our own Robin Hood stories this week in the spirit of World Book Week. On Friday, we enjoyed having a cosy story time with hot chocolate and we got to watch the Disney film version of Robin Hood too. We have also taken part in book treasure hunts, wrote book reviews and played fairy tale and character guessing games with our friends. We have also enjoyed sharing lots of our favourite books and look forward to our visit from Alan McDonald today! Thank you again for coming in to hear us read on Tuesday morning and also for your fantastic 'Get Caught Reading' photos, we will continue to enjoy looking at these on display and during the next few days in assembly.

Happy new year!!

Apologies for the lack of posts over Christmas... It's such a busy time in school as I'm sure you will all understand!

Here is a collection of our favourite photos from the festive period smiley

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 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 afternoon learning about mummification (in a child friendly way!) and had a go at becoming mummies for the afternoon! We have also designed our own maps of Egypt, used atlases to learn about the different continents and plotted on key landmarks. We used the Beebots to travel around a world map to different continents. We have practised writing in hieroglyphics and have had a go at inventing our own too. We LOVED having a dance to 'walk like an Egyptian' by The Bangles and got really into the moves. 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. What a PACKED week we've had! We'll be continuing our learning next week! Have a brilliant weekend!

We have enjoyed using this programme to practise our handwriting this week, starting our pencils and pens in the correct place. 

Castles Workshop

We were super lucky to be visited by Jade at PERFORM on Wednesday. We had so much fun in our dance/drama workshop thinking about Castles. We got completely in role and made actions for all the different characters in our story of King Arthur. We made potions and had actions for each thing we put in. We came up with fun dances too and even pretended to be statues so we weren't captured by an evil witch! Take a look at some photos and videos below! laugh

Bonfire Night

On Tuesday we spent the day thinking about Bonfire night. Lots of the class told us that they were celebrating it that evening and so we looked at lots of different ways Bonfire Night is celebrated. We then moved on to thinking about why Bonfire Night is celebrated and we looked at the history of Guy Fawkes and his gunpowder plot. We also considered lots of big words that we hadn't heard before like 'parliament' and 'treason'. We had lots of great talk and discussion from this including looking at the role of the prime minister, thinking about where the houses of parliament are, talking about why the king would have been there, if Guy Fawkes was a hero or a villain, what a Catholic and Protestant are etc. We then wrote some acrostic poems about Bonfire Night which were all fantastic! We also had lots of fun creating some rockets, making fireworks in glitter, using gems and beads to make rockets and patterns, using straws to make fireworks and much more! Excellent job Class 5!

*** Hot and Cold Photos ***


Thank you so much to everyone who brought in a photograph of them in a hot/cold place. We have loved having a look at these in class and can't wait to use them to inspire our learning over the next few weeks. A gentle reminder to anyone that has not yet brought in a photograph, could we politely request these are brought in ASAP to support your child's learning smiley

Additionally, we are in the process of turning our role play areas into post offices/travel agents. We would be really grateful if anyone could donate any travel brochures, admission tickets, anonymised old envelopes, travel/tourism leaflets etc. We will be beginning to introduce money into the role play areas too and would be thankful if you could support their learning at home with this. It is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn to recognise different coins as well as learning the value of each coin. 


Thank you for your continued support!

laugh  Happy Half Term Class 5!  laugh

Mystery update #4

The mummy dragon visited our school over the weekend! 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 suggestions class 5!). Today we wrote a letter to mummy dragon thanking her for leaving her baby with us for a bit. We thought about the ways we cared for the egg whilst it was with us and also passed on some of this advice to mummy dragon. We let her know that she was welcome to visit us again at any time and we wanted to see baby dragon when it was all grown up. We've been making some pictures to send with our letters and hope we can get them to mummy dragon sometime soon. Well done 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 after the weekend 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.

...But.... the weekend came and went and our egg disappeared! We know it wasn't the dragon catchers because there wasn't any notes or letters left for us. What could it be!? What has happened?! We have a crime to solve now in Class 5. Detectives are on the case!

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 bumpy.... 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 wings as the window was open and we're too high up to jump into our classroom. 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. Great detective skills class 5!

A Class 5 Mystery!
e came into our classroom on Monday 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 could be...

We won the Star Trophy today in assembly for being Shining Stars and having a super week! Keep it up Class 5!!!

Architect visit!

We had a really lovely time in Class 5 yesterday meeting a real life 'worker'! We 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!

(See pics below)

Outdoor Learning!

Today, since the weather picked up, 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! J

Parachute fun!

Today the weather might be miserable, but we certainly are not! We brought the P.E. inside this week and got stuck in with some more parachute skills and games. During our games we have been considering which muscles in our body are working hard and what other areas of our body we can feel working too. We have been feeling our hearts beating faster during warm ups and focused on slowing down our breathing during cool downs. Our particular favourite parachute games include: ball toss, fruit salad and cat and mouse. We had lots of laughs and also practised our listening skills too. See below for some pictures J

Stay and Play Morning

Class 5 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).



Today in Class 5 we have been thinking about what our words could mean to others. We were shown two different apples that were both unique. We decided that we liked one apple more than the other one as it looked better and therefore nicer to eat. So we decided to say lots of nice things to this apple. However, the other apple we decided didn’t look as nice and so we said lots of horrible things to it. We talked about the things that we said to both apples. The children quickly realised we had been really unkind to the second apple and we had a think what we could do to put things right. We discussed lots of ideas about how to make things better and decided that the second apple deserved an apology from all of us. The second apple began smiling again, but he still seemed sad. We thought about how some feelings we can’t see and might not know about. We decided to open up the apples to see how they might be feeling on the inside, because they both looked fine on the outside. We were shocked! The apple that we had said all those lovely things to looked green and healthy inside. On the other hand, the apple that we had been unkind to had gone brown and mushy. We thought about why that might be. We decided that, even if we say sorry, our words can have a powerful effect on others and can really hurt another person, even if we can’t see it. Today in Class 5 we have all made a promise to choose kind words, even if we are upset. We understand that kindness makes people feel better on the inside, which is just as important as being healthy on the outside. Well done Class 5.

We've done lots of settling in in class 5 in the first two weeks. We have been learning about our new school routines and class rules. We've loved getting to know the kinds of toys and resources that are in our Year 1 classroom and have spent lots of time exploring these. We have also been showing off our wonderful writing, reading and maths so Miss McPhail can see how super we are! Everyone has settled really well and we've had lots of fun! smiley 

Class 5 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. 

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! 


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 ***