Autumn term in Class 1
Everyone is settling into Class 1 and enjoying being with their friends.
We have been learning about crime and punishment in our topic this term. We have written diary entries as if we were a child in a prison.
Our Year 6 are loving their hoodies!
11th September 2018
Welcome back to a new school year! We hope you all had a lovely summer break and made the most of the long, sunny days. We are looking forward to a fun year ahead in Class 1 and have some exciting things planned!
Miss Archer will teach the class every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will also teach Year 6 maths on a Thursday morning. Mrs Zoeftig will teach the class every Thursday and Friday and Rosie and Jane are the class Teaching Assistants during the week.
In class 1 we have high expectations and encourage the children to be as independent as possible. We hope that you will support your children by helping them to be organised, e.g. by packing their own school bags, knowing when homework needs to be completed, bringing the correct equipment to school, etc. This is particularly vital preparation for Y6 for when they move on to secondary school.
Literacy; we will be focusing on Traditional Tales and the children will be writing their own stories based on Carol Ann Duffy’s story The Tear Thief. We will link diary writing with our topic and we will also be looking at newspaper reports. Poetry and plays will be our focus during the lead up to Christmas. Through all our writing, we will be working hard to improve our grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Maths; we will continue to develop our number and calculation skills and also shape, space and measure skills through a wide variety of different investigations, discussion, challenge and use of ICT.
Science; our topic this half term is Earth and Space with lots of interesting investigations to carry out. We will then be learning about Light in the second half of this term.
PE; the PE coaches will be teaching the children a range of skills, including football and gymnastics in the first half term and hockey and dance in the second half term.
Art/DT; this half term we will be doing observational drawings and marbling.
Topic; our topic is Crime and Punishment through Time. We will be visiting Bodmin Jail as part of our topic learning.
PSHE/Philosophy; our focus is Friendship and Anti-Bullying. We will also be looking at ways in which we can help others.
Music; we will be learning music through the ‘Sing up’ curriculum.
French; we will be consolidating our learning on numbers and colours, learning to describe rooms in our houses and making games.
ICT; This term we will be focusing on e-safety and graphic manipulation.
Reading - Please try to hear your child read and discuss with them what they are reading at least three times a week. This should be recorded in the homework diaries, which your child should bring to school every day. Reading is a key life skill and is essential in all areas of learning. Reading for pleasure is also a wonderful hobby! Your support and encouragement at home is vital and very much appreciated.
Inspirational Journals are books for the children to follow their own learning through what interests and inspires them. We will discuss with the children how to get the most out of this and they can explain in more detail to you. Whatever your child decides to produce for their inspirational journals should be brought into school on the last Friday of each half term and will be shared with the class. In the past the children have brought in some amazing work that they have been very proud of and which has really inspired others, so please spend some time discussing your child’s ideas with them and helping to make it an enjoyable activity. Unfortunately, we have had to ask the children not bring in any food. However, if they do wish to cook something or bake a cake, we would love them to share their recipes, instructions and any photos or drawings of the final product.
Spellings will be given on a Tuesday and tested the following Tuesday. We ask that the children learn the spellings and also write an interesting/descriptive sentence for each of their words.
Folens Maths should be completed at home, one test per week, and will be marked in class on Thursdays. It is very important that the children remember to bring their books in to be marked every week.
Please also practise times tables at home as these are essential for helping your child to be more confident at maths. There are many good online resources to help.
We thank you for your continued support in helping to make your child’s learning as positive and rewarding as possible. Please do not hesitate to contact Miss Archer or Mrs Zoeftig if you have anything you wish to discuss.
Thank you and best wishes from
Miss Archer, Mrs Zoeftig, Jane and Rosie
Helping in the Community
We will be continuing to take it in turns to help at the local Methodist Chapel's regular monthly hot lunches. We help to serve the meals and with the washing up. We look forward to helping and like feeling we are being useful in our community. We go three of us each month with Rosie so we will all get a chance to go throughout the year.
If you would like an enjoyable lunch please come along on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. The meals are 2 courses and a tea or coffee. The price is very reasonable at present they are £5.50 per meal. If you are interested please contact Mrs Val Tape 01288331263 to book your place.