Welcome to Class 6
We celebrated earning 30 STARS in our Star Box by having a games morning! Well done Class 6!
Our Enquiry into the Arabian Desert and Dubai
We have loved looking at the photos of the hot and cold places we had been since coming back from half term. We were particularly interested in Dubai and have spent the last couple of weeks looking into their hot weather and finding deserts on Google Earth!
We asked some brilliant questions about what animals and plants live in the desert and what buildings we might find in Dubai. We have enjoyed using the wooden blocks in the sand to build Dubai in the desert and even some camels out of lego to live there. We built the Burj Khalifa and Burj Al Arab from lego, watched a video that showed us the view from the top of these very tall buildings and then drew a map of what the view looked like! Miss Davis had been to Dubai this year too and kindly came in to show us her photos of these famous buildings.
To top it off, we also had a special visit from Aurora (the camel) whose parcel had ended up being delivered to our Post Office role play by accident. We have been writing letters all week to The Person Who Lost Their Camel and they have been writing back to us each day. We now know lots about camels and cannot wait to add them to our paintings which we started using 'warm colours'.
We have enjoyed using this programme to practise our handwriting this week, starting our pencils and pens in the correct place.
Thank you again for donating your old water bottles which we have began to transform into poppies.
Our Class 6 Post Office is open for business! We have been busy buying envelopes and stamps and writing letters to fairytale characters.
We have also enjoyed playing this envelope sorting activity on our Computing Corner, adding and subtracting numbers within 0 to 20.
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!
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
Additionally, we are in the process of turning our role play area into a post office so the children can write postcards and letters from the places they have been. We would be really grateful if anyone could donate any anonymised old envelopes, stamps etc. We will be beginning to introduce money into the role play areas too and would be thankful if you could support you child's 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.
We had a busy first day back after half term celebrating Bonfire Night in Class 6. We learnt a firework dance, made paper rockets and traced firework patterns in glitter! We also learnt how to marble paper using ink which we'll be using to make our own Bonfire skylines later this week.
What Have We Been Learning In Class 6 This Week?
We have been learning all about castles after being inspired by our dragon egg arriving in our classroom. We have been building and labeling our own castles, dressing up as Kings, Queens and Knights in the role play area, writing banquet menus and drawing dragons on coffee stained paper. We have also been thinking about what the people who live and work in castles might say and we have been writing our ideas in speech bubbles.
In maths we have been ordering numbers on a dragon, singing our number bonds to 10 and then making them using numicon.
At the end of last week we opened the box to find a green, glittery egg inside. Our excellent investigation skills led us to believe it belonged to a dragon!
Today we had a letter from the Dragon Catchers in our register tray. They wrote to tell us that they are planning to come and collect our magical egg at the end of the week. Unfortunately, the bottom of the letter was missing so we had to think of our own instructions on how we would look after our baby dragon if it hatched before the Dragon Catchers arrived.
Class 6 are Solving a Mystery!
We came into our classroom on Monday morning to find things weren't quite the same... Tables had been knocked over! Glittery footprints had been left on the floor! Windows were wide open! Handwriting books had been burnt AND a mysterious box with scratch marks and a WARNING sign had been left on our carpet! What could it be?! We have been thinking about the clues and wondering who our special visitor could be...
We have been showing off our artistic skills by drawing castles onto coffee stained paper. Look how brilliant they all are!
On Tuesday Year 1 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!
This week we have been looking at the different kinds of houses both in West Bridgford and around the rest of the world; from igloos and castles to tepees and tree houses! On Thursday we had a go at designing our own houses on the laptops and they looked fantastic.
Despite the rainy weather for most of this week, we managed to find an opportunity to head outside and make the most of the fresh air. Look at all the fun we had!
We brought the P.E. inside this week and got stuck in with some more parachute skills and games. We had lots of fun and laughs and also practised our listening skills too.
We won the Star Trophy last Friday in assembly for being Shining Stars and having a super week!
Look at us celebrating with it in the photo!
Stay and Play Morning
Class 6 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, Calm Corner, 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).
Some Useful Class 6 Information!
In Class 6 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 Wednesday. 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.
In school each child has their own peg, where the children hang their coats. However, please ensure that all items of clothing have your child's name and class number 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 if you are still missing something, then 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 (where the FS2 children come in and out of school) and this is also checked regularly by staff.
Your child should now have their new reading books. In Class 6 we aim to change the books on Fridays and encourage the children to follow their own interests by choosing their own books. We will read with your child every week in class through either 1:1 reading, guided reading, phonics or other reading based activities. Depending upon the activity, this isn't always recorded in the reading diary. 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 which can be easily done by reading text in their everyday environment. This could include things like: leaflets, magazines, postcards, street names, shopping lists, letters etc.
Please pop a note in your child’s book bag if somebody different is picking up your child or call the school office if plans should change during the day. Please also encourage your child to hand the letter to the teacher or catch us on the playground at the start of the day to ensure the letter is seen. As we’re 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.
Curriculum and topics
Curriculum letters are uploaded to the school website termly to update you on what your child is up to in our class (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 to share with their friends! We will be starting our homes and Castles topic towards the end of this half term.
We are always really grateful for the fantastic support that our parents and carers offer us and are 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 Bates in the playground to arrange when you are able to come in to listen to some Class 6 readers!
If you have any other 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 your support,
The Class 6 Team
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 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.