Class 1 Early Years

Class 1 are Key Stage 1 and Early Years.  They are taught by Miss Murray and Mrs Threlfall, and supported by Mrs Cotton.  

This week we have been very busy playing outside in the snow and investigating minibeasts as part of our topic.  We have been sharing what we know about different minibeasts and learning some facts.  We have also been thinking about how our mummies are special and all the things they do for us; and we had great fun sharing books, talking about our favourite books and characters, and dressing up for World Book Day.  In RWI Reception have been doing ‘or’ (shut the door) and ‘air’ (that’s not fair).  In CLIC Maths Reception have been looking at doubles to 5, and their corresponding halves; as well as counting and recognising numbers to 20.

We have been continuing our focus on 'The Mitten' this week, thinking about words to describe the different characters, designing our own colourful mittens that won't get lost in the snow, and exploring repeating patterns with mittens.  In RWI we have learnt 'igh' (fly high) and 'ow' (blow the snow).  In CLIC we have been looking at 'switchers' (2+1 is the same as 1+2).  Our Learn It is 4+4=8.  On Friday we took part in the NSPCC Number Day.  In the morning, Class 2 came and showed us how to play some number games on the ipads; and in the afternoon our parents came in to play some number games and activities with us.
We have been exploring our new story 'The Mitten' all this week.  After listening to the story we have done a number of activities to retell the story, including acting it out, sequencing it and using props.  We have also used the story to support learning about ordinal numbers and ordering size.  In RWI we have moved on to Set 2 sounds, and have looked at words with 'ay' and 'ee' sounds in them.  In CLIC we are continuing our doubles journey with 3+3=6 being our Learn It.
Welcome back after the holidays!  This week we have been welcoming our new nursery starters, thinking about New Year Resolutions and our hopes for the year, looking at traditional tale of the Snow Queen, and settling back in to the routine!  In maths we have been looking at counting to 10 (Nursery) and one more than (Reception).  Reception's new learn it is double 3 is 6, and 3+3=6.  In RWI Reception have been working on segmenting and blending; Nursery have been looking at intial sounds.
We had a lovely time when our parents came for 'Stay and Play'.  We made some Christmas crafts together.  It was great fun showing them all the things we do in our classroom.
We went on a trip to Little Acorns this week.  It was very cold, but we wrapped up warm, and helped make Squirrel's Cake.
This week we have been looking at doubling and halving in maths, as well as practising our counting.  We have been writing our names in lots of different ways.  On Friday we took part in Children in Need by having a Spotty Hat Parade round the village.  We talked about why we were raising money, as well as making some Pudsey crafts. In RWI we have been learning 'h' and 'sh', as well as practising segmenting and blending words together.
This week we have been looking at books by Tracey Corduroy, and really enjoyed joining in drawing pictures with her when she came to visit.   We have been continuing to work on recognising numbers, as well as seeing what 'one more than' looks like. We have been helping the Year 1s and 2s find out all about the wind, and on Friday we did a variety of poppy activities after talking about Remembrance Day.  The reception children have been learning 'f', 'e' and 'l' in Read Write Inc.
This week we have been thinking about Bonfire Night.  We have enjoyed a number of activities, including making firework sounds, thinking about how fireworks move, making firework pictures and writing about fireworks.  In RWI Reception have been focusing on blending using fred fingers - some us are starting to be able to read simple words!  In maths we have been focusing on counting and recognising numbers to 10 or 20.
We have had good fun making potato people to decorate the church for our Harvest Festival this week.  We talked about each of the fruit and vegetables that we chose, discussing which we had tasted before, and deciding which body part it could be used for.  We have been doing more segmenting and blending in RWI, and have been exploring initial sounds in words.  We have tried on lots of different dressing up clothes, played outside and have been learning some new board games.  
What a varied week we have had!  From investigating healthy eating, to learning how to make cakes (just for a treat!);  and exploring time using sand timers, to sharing fairly using 'one for me, one for you.'   We have been on picnics and aeroplanes; learned how to make colours lighter by adding white, and investigated thick and thin brushes.  In RWI we have been continuing to practise segmenting and blending, and learned 'g' and 'o'.
We have spent a large part of this week telling more stories with a similar structure to the Little Red Hen.  We joined the Year 1s and 2s to do a senses exploration outside - we heard, saw, smelled and felt lots of different things.  We also discussed why it would not be a good idea to use our sense of taste when exploring outside!  We also tried our hand at self-portraits.  In RWI we have learnt 'n' and 'p', and have been working on segmenting and blending with the sounds we have learnt.
We have had a lovely week this week.  We have continued to explore the Little Red Hen story, and some children decided to make up their own version using different animals.  We are starting to get quite good at retelling the story, using actions.  We have been using the resources to explore a variety of maths concepts, including symmetry, counting and the concept of 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  We have now started pouring and mixing our own paint, and are learning that if you put lots in of all the different colours, you almost always end up with brown!  The Reception children have learnt 'd', 't' and 'i' in RWI.
What an amazing first full week back in school.  All the children have settled back into the routines really well, and the new children are joining in brilliantly.  We have been exploring the story of the Little Red Hen and the grain of corn.  Over the next few weeks we will be investigating it closely and learning to say the whole story ourselves.  We have also been very busy trying out all the resources in the classroom.  We are getting better at putting things away after ourselves already!  The Reception children have learnt 'm', 'a' and 's' in RWI.