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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

Nottingham Castle Visit

We had SUCH a brilliant time at Nottingham Castle! It was our school's first ever visit to the castle and it certainly wont be our last. We had an exciting day journeying back in time and learning all about the history of Nottingham... or should I say... SNOTTINGHAM!! We found out all about why the castle was built and what it has been used for ever since.
We also learned a lot about a famous local called Robin Hood. We even learned a secret signal to identify ourselves as one of Robin Hood's merry men, but shhh! Don't tell anyone! After a busy day of learning, we rounded our trip off with a visit to the castle play park which was so much fun!

Well done to all of Class 5 for showing the castle staff what good listeners they are and thank you again to our parent helpers!


Check out some of our photos below!

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! We have also designed our own maps of Egypt, used atlases to learn about the different continents and plotted on key landmarks. 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. Enter HUMPY, our Class 5 camel who has visited us all the way from Egypt! We have loved learning all about him. We listened to the story 'How the Camel got his Hump' and  thought about how we can help others too.

Class 5 Come Dancing!!

Wow! What a fantastic week we had. Robin Windsor from 'strictly come dancing' and another dancing professional called Cheryl came to visit our school. They were so much fun and taught us all a great dance! We were all Superstars and we were all just like 'Have a Go Hero'! It was a great experience for everyone and Robin thought Class 5 were all brilliant dancers. Well Done, everyone!

Superhero day has been so much fun!!! Class 5 completed lots of missions, donned some super outfits and showed off our best superhero moves! Even the teachers had fun dressing up! laugh

Our senses


We're going on a sound hunt,

We're going to listen carefully,

What a beautiful day...

We're not scared!


What's that?

A  sound!

A quiet squeaky sound!

What could it be? laugh


We have been learning all about our senses and today we went on a sound hunt! We made some giant ears to help us hear all those mysterious sounds. We went out into the playground, listened carefully and checked off all of the things we could hear. We then listened out for other sounds too and had a go at identifying what each sound could be. Well done everyone! 

We Are Super!

This week we have loved turning ourselves into superheroes! Today we had lots of fun making a moving superhero picture! We wanted to show ourselves flying through the sky! Well done Class 5, these look great! 

Phew! Evil Pea has been captured! Great work detectives! 

Evil Pea Update 

Well, Evil Pea has so far kept himself hidden. However we have spotted him up to no good on some of our cameras! I wonder if he will show himself today...

Evil Pea

Uh-oh! Looks like Evil Pea has been up to his old tricks again! He has now fled and gone into hiding. Supertato is now busy rescuing his friends and in the meantime, we are going to hunt for Evil Pea. I wonder where he could be hiding?

Welcome to Class 5!

Class 5 Information


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

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 ***