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Rowanfield Infant

Junior
School

Class 1

Welcome to Class 1’s page

This page is designed to let you know all about what Class 1 get up to! We hope you enjoy looking at what we are learning all about. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask us on the door, in the morning or at the end of each day.

Who's Who?

Class Teacher:  Miss Hall
Teaching Assistants:  Mrs Hathaway

 Prime Areas of Learning

Communication and Language/Literacy

We will soon be starting our daily Phonics lessons following the Jolly Phonics scheme, which teaches children their letters and sounds for writing. This will also involve some stories and rhymes, as well as a including a range of multi-sensory activities, designed to immerse the children in a new sound each day. The children will also learn the written form of each sound and will be taught to understand the terms digraphs and trigraphs. We will look at how we can use the sounds we have learnt in our writing and begin to learn some of the ‘tricky’ words that cannot be segmented, such as the, was, they. Each week the children will bring home a pack of their new sounds and tricky words for you to practise at home.

 

Physical Development

This term our P.E lessons will focus on Real PE which supports the children in developing key skills in balance, co-ordination and agility. Children will work on these skills in a variety of ways including, songs, games, stories and individual and team activities.                              

Personal, Emotional and Social Development

As before this will continue to be of huge importance to us. We will continue to play lots of games and have weekly circle times, thinking about what it means to be a kind friend and things we can do to help others. 

 

Specific Areas of Learning

Maths

During the Autumn term, we will concentrate on rote counting, one to one counting and recognising our numbers to 10. We will introduce numbers slowing, having a number a day and then consolidate our learning with place value. We will also be learning our 2D shapes! Later on in the term we will move on to looking at concepts such as addition and subtraction. 

 

Understanding of the world

This term we will be thinking about ourselves and our families. We will also look at how special events are celebrated in different cultures and the traditions that are observed. During our forest school sessions we will look at the natural world and observe similarities and differences, as well as changes over time. We will also be continuing to use various forms of technology around the classroom, including the ipads and interactive whiteboard, laptops and programmable toys.       

Expressive Arts and Design

We will continue to encourage the children to express themselves creatively using a variety of media, for example painting, collage, music, song and dance. 

Other Important Information

PE:

PE sessions will be on a Friday afternoon. Please ensure that your child always has an appropriate PE kit in school. Your child will need shorts and a t-shirt. Please ensure PE kits are in school at all times. We will send home PE kits at half term to be washed; please can it be returned on the first day back                                            .

Forest School:

We have Forest School one day a week (Monday morning), every school week. Please ensure that you provide your children with suitable, warm outdoor clothing which is allowed to get muddy. This should include trousers, a long sleeve top and jumper and a warm coat. We will go out to Forest School in all weather conditions. Wellies also need to be brought into school named and in a carrier bag. Hats and gloves are also a good idea for when the weather is particularly cold. Children are able to come into school wearing their forest school kit with their uniform in a clearly named bag.

Reading at Home:

We will change your child’s reading book at once a week (on a Monday) when they are heard read at school. Regular reading at home is key in aiding your child to make progress in their reading. Reading books given to your child will be chosen at a level that they can read some words and will need to decode others using their phonic knowledge. Don’t worry if your child has had the book before, we always say that a good book is worth reading more than once! It is helpful to us if you could sign or initial in your child’s reading record book to show that you have looked at the book at home and are ready for a change.                                     

Extras:

At the end of every week we will be continuing to send home copies of the sounds that have been learnt with a few short activities to support your child’s learning. Please ensure folders are in book bags on a Friday so that we can put the new sounds for the week in.

Just a reminder that the book-bag is one of the main forms of communication and needs to be checked daily.               

Please can we ask that you check all school uniform has your child’s name in it, we had quite a few missing items last term and without a name it makes it tricky to reunite them. Thank you!           

 Helpful Website Links

Topmarks is a great website for maths activities and can be accessed here
Phonics Play has many useful phonics games and can be accessed here