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Class 1

About Class 1


Years – Foundation & 1

Class Teacher – Mrs Heather Wright


This Term in Class 1


We have been learning about doubling in Maths. We have been making Tudor Houses as part of our topic about The Great Fire Of London. The Year 1's enjoyed their trip to the Think Tank, especially exploring the Science Garden.



This week Class 1 have been super busy doing some learning outside and having a Maths lesson on the field smiley

We also joined Class 2 to learn all about subtraction and played some Maths games with them. 

I was very proud of Class 1 performing their assembly and showing off their art work to the parents. They have also been working very hard for the Church Service coming up!



This week in Class 1 we have been practicing really hard for our assembly. We are really excited to show parents all our art work we have created! We also got to join Class 2 this week for Geography. It was really exciting to join their class and mix with all our friends in Class 2.



This week in Class 1 we have been learning about the Great Fire of London, making fire engines out of our junk modelling and drawing pictures. We have also been looking at the Coronation that is coming up. We have been making collages with images of King Charles III and looking forward to celebrating at the picnic on Friday!



This week has been great fun! We walked to Anderton's Farm over the fields and spent our week learning about lambing. We all had the chance to see the mummy sheep with their lambs, chickens and even had the opportunity to hold the soft, fluffy lambs. 

We also drew beautiful pictures of King Charles III. The children concentrated so well to follow the instructions and create a portrait of King Charles III. We have been learning about the Coronation.



What an exciting first week back for Class 1!

This week, we have been looking at days of the week and putting them in order. We have also been looking at time and intervals of time. We have been talking about seconds, minutes and hours and estimating what activities we might be able to complete in that time, some children came up with some great ideas!

We then put these activities to the test and we used a timer to time ourselves. We recorded our answers to see if our estimations were correct.

With the lovely sunshine this week, the whole school went outside to eat our lunch and we really enjoyed our school picnic!



This week we have been having an eggstravaganza in Class 1 undertaking all sorts of Easter related activities. We made our chicken and egg Easter bonnets and had great fun making Easter cards! We have been designing our own Easter bunnies and drawing them too. We have been learning about woodland animals and enjoyed finding fascinating facts about them such as the Pine Martin can live up to eight years! We really enjoyed our annual egg roll and easter egg hunt. 



This week in Class 1 we have had lots of fun using the beebots! We worked with a partner to help give instructions on which direction for the beebot to travel in taking turns with each other.

To celebrate St.Patricks day, we enjoyed colouring in shamrocks using different shades of green. We have also enjoyed our outdoor choosing time, playing on all the equipment and joining in with each other playing games.



In Class 1 this week, we have been working hard with on our Maths and enjoying using different containers to find amounts and measure capacity. We enjoyed some time in the mud kitchen outside and made some potions. We also enjoyed creating our own giant's castle which is found at the top of the beanstalk Jack climbed.



This week we have been having great fun playing in the snow and making our own snowmen! We were inspired to make snowy pictures of our enchanted woodland using chalks and pastels. We learnt about the Easter story this week in R.E and sequenced it to find the true meaning of Easter. We have also been having fun learning our "ch" sound and finding words beginning with "ch."



What a busy week we have had in Class 1 this week, we have been learning about crosses and have made some beautiful stain glass windows as part of our Understanding the World. They are very colourful and we are hoping to display them in the local church. We are very proud of them.

For St Davids Day we made our own Welsh flags which we have displayed in our classroom and had great fun finding out about St David and his life.

On Thursday we dressed up as our favourite book characters, we enjoyed reading with our buddies and dressed our classroom door in one of our favourite characters – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

We even found time to enjoy the fairytale The Three Little Pigs and make our own houses for the pigs which could not be blown down from magnetic bricks.



This week we have been looking at fairy tales. We had great fun reading Jack and the Beanstalk and creating a class beanstalk with leaves. On Tuesday we learnt about Shrove Tuesday, joined in the pancake race and made our own pancake faces. We also learnt a pancake song and enjoyed singing about how to make pancakes!

(Please visit the latest news to see the photos of us taking part in the pancake race)



This week we have been making our own dinosaur world from Lego and had some amazing creations from the children. We have also been investigating fossils and enjoying crafting our own fossils from clay. All the children were very proud of their clay model work!




This week in Class 1 we have been learning about Mary Anning, a famous fossil hunter. We had great fun discovering our own fossils in a rock and looking at different fossils. Class 1 thought they found bones from a Tyrannosaurus Rex! In Forest school, this week we were making clay handprints and making patterns on the portacabin. We enjoyed getting messy and experimenting with different textures.



Class 1 joined Class 3 to learn about volcanoes and thoroughly enjoyed making the volcanoes erupt, especially

watching the lava explode from the volcanoes!

We also enjoyed role playing in our wonderful dinosaur cave and dressing up as explorers. The children looked great with their pith helmets on.

We also had fun making our lanterns as part of our continuous provision with Understanding the World. Thank you to a kind parent who brought in Chinese red envelopes, to turn into Chinese lanterns using our origami skills.

It was great fun when the children were role playing the Royal family and the children were soldiers to the Queen!



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 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.