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Class 1

About Class 1


Years – Foundation & 1

Class Teacher – Mrs Heather Wright


This Term in Class 1


This week we have enjoyed ourselves in Forest school and had fun in our dens and colouring nature pictures. We have been learning about an environment that dinosaurs lived in and designing our own volcanoes. This afternoon we will be joining Class 3 to see if we can make volcanoes erupt as part of our Understanding the World and Science.


We have also been busy learning about the Chinese New Year and designing our own lanterns by using materials to make a mosaic. We are all very proud of our beautiful designs.


This week in Class 1 we have been having fun at Forest School. We learnt about fire and the dangers of fire. We made our own fires and listened to its crackles. We then were spoilt and enjoyed a hot chocolate and cookies.

We also had a visit from the Dogs Trust, we got to meet Rolo the dog (he wasn't real) and we learnt how to care and look after dogs as well as how to approach dogs safely.

We have also been counting to 20 and 50, learning to order and write our numbers. Year 1 have been concentrating on tens and ones. In English, we have started our topic about dinosaurs and have been enjoying the story Harry and the Dinosaurs.


We really enjoyed the New Year disco with the whole school, playing party games and having snacks as a treat!


We have been enjoying our Christmas festivities this week. I was extremely proud of all the children who performed and sang brilliantly in the Class 1 nativity this week. They were very excited to be able to dress up and present their performance to their parents. We have also enjoyed working across the school joining different classes designing our elf, snowman and father Christmas cards.

We have also been playing in the snow with all the other children making snowmen and sculptures.


Class 1 have been enjoying learning about Advent this week. We have learnt about the Advent wreath and looked at the values behind the different coloured candles. We have also been writing our own Christmas story and as Christmas is coming, practising our traditional Nativity Play. We are enjoying playing all the characters including the well-known Christmas dog and cat. I am very proud of how the children are learning their lines and their beautiful singing.

We have also enjoyed Forest School this term and extending their outdoor learning. We as a class are so lucky to be able to have our own onsite Forest School. The children are stimulated and enthusiastic by the outdoors and have experienced overtime an increase in self-belief, confidence, communication and problem solving. The children have been enjoying making dens, digging, painting with nature and making sculptures. We will be continuing our weekly Forest School sessions throughout the year.

Today, Head Girl came to our classroom as a special treat and read a story to us. We were very excited!

We had lots of fun with our Elf, sadly his snowman melted and today he made himself toasty in his house.



This week we have been learning about how to look after our teeth and writing instructions. We used our big scale teeth model to learn the order of instructions and had great fun learning about our teeth, gums and cavities. The children also role played going to the dentist.

On the large playground this week we have enjoyed being on the equipment and at lunch time participating in the sports set up by the play leaders.

Ryan and Samuel also enjoyed breaking the rules for their birthdays by wearing non-school uniform, painting their nails, drinking squash and having snacks.

We enjoyed visiting Class 4 today to follow instructions from the children in Class 4 on how to make a Christingle.

Our naughty elf has also become a new member of class and is getting up to all kinds of mischief!



This term in Class 1, our topic has been about memories. We have been learning about old toys as part of this. We really liked finding out about all the old toys and exploring how they work. We have lots of lovely old Victorian toys in school that we have looked at and played with. We then compared these to our toys we have around the classroom and looked at similarities and differences between them.

We have also been learning about people who help us, we have been focussing on the Fire service and finding out about what they wear and what equipment they use. We really enjoyed dressing up and trying on all the clothes!

In PSHCE we have talked about the love and kindness we have in our lives and talking about our families.

In Maths we have looked at multiplication through the pictorial use of objects and arrays, while in English we have been looking at instructions and how these help us throughout our day. We did this first by helping our teacher to make a Jam sandwich (which went spectacularly well!).

For Foundation Stage, outdoor learning is just important as indoor learning and this term outside we have been trying out old fashion toys such as the bouncing hoppers and playing games of hopscotch.

In the construction area, we have been making animals from the poles and have made interesting shapes such as a Giraffe.

We have enjoyed playing in the sandpit and mud kitchen following instructions such as jam sandwiches and pizza. This has also been used in our English to learn about bossy words.



Class 1 Gallery


Below are some of the exciting things we have been doing in Class 1.










Class 1 Curriculum


The Curriculum Overview provides an idea of the whole school approach to the curriculum, while the Class 1 Curriculum gives more detailed information of what is going on in Class 1 during the term. Further information can be found in the weekly newsletters, at parents evenings, open mornings or pop in to school and speak to the Class Teacher.