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Class 1

Welcome back to school September 2018


Jan 8th - Feb 9th






This half term class 1 have been learning about Cold Places.  We have learnt where abouts in the world it is cold, who lives there and how the animals survive living there.  We have been explorers, winter Olympians and have loved observing the ice and snow.  Have a look below at some more things we have been up to this half term.

In maths we have begun to look at ‘teen’ numbers. We are getting really good at being able to break apart the number to know what they are made up of.  We have also been developing our vocabulary around 2D shapes.

We are writing every day and some of us are beginning to write in sentences.  We are really mastering how to hold a pencil and our writing muscles are becoming stronger.


11th - 15th September












In Class 1 we have had the most amazing beginning to our new school year; where the children have all settled in brilliantly and are beginning to be good friends to one another.  They have all been putting so much effort into their learning and playing and should be very proud of themselves.

This week we were very lucky to have our fortnightly visit from Mrs Martin, who came in to share one of her favourite stories with us.  They children thoroughly enjoyed her visit, especially the bean game we played at the end of the visit.

A lot of our learning has been based around the story of, ‘The Enormous Turnip’ this week.  The children have been learning to retell the story each day using storytelling actions.  We have talked a lot about the different characters and the order of the story.  The children have then independently used this knowledge during their child initiated play, where they have been acting out the story using small world props. 

In maths we have been focusing on the numbers 1, 2 and 3.  We have been finding objects around us to match the amount, singing number songs and learning rhymes to help us write them.

If you haven’t seen them already please take a look at the brilliant self-portraits the children completed of themselves, which are displayed in our class cloakroom.


Parent letter The Enormous Turnip.

September 2017 New Term



Summer Term  18.04.17 -12.05.17

We have had such an exciting start to the Summer term in Class 1, showing our skills as true adventurers and scientists.  As our topic has been flowers and insects, we have immersed ourselves into our outdoor area, planting vegetable plants, developing the sensory garden and turning our bird hide into a bug den.  This has been an amazing experience for the children in learning about the different parts of a plant and the role that each part has in keeping the plant healthy and strong.  We have also carried out different growing experiments and the children have used the knowledge they have learnt to make well informed predictions that they can explain..

During the first couple of weeks of term we learnt the story of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ through retelling it as a class with the help of the story map we drew and creating a small world to retell the story in with our friends.  The children have now created the new story of ‘James and the Ginormous Sunflower’, by innovating the original story to make it our own; the changes the children made were characters, objects and settings. 

In our maths we have counted magic beans and solved subtraction and addition problems involving them.  We have also built and compared beanstalks with one another, choosing the materials that we want to build with and then comparing how well they have worked.  

We have been investigating the life cycles of different living things.  To help us with our investigations we have been ‘growing’ caterpillars over the last couple of weeks and they are now at the exciting stage where they are beginning to become chrysalises.  hopefully over the next couple of weeks we will be setting the butterflies free.  This too has been such an amazing experience for the children and the observations they have made and care they have shown for the caterpillars has been wonderful.

Our Friday morning sessions with Plymouth Argyll have seen the children practising different  skills of throwing, moving in different ways and at different speeds, balancing and team work.  All the children thoroughly enjoy this session and have developed greater independence and skill during the year.

w/e 24th March















The last couple of weeks have been extremely busy in Class 1; with a visit from Mr Bee of SWAMP Circus, who spent the morning with us performing and teaching us different circus tricks that we could perform in our circus role play.  He was impressed by how enthusiastic and polite all the children in our class were.  The children thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and have already put into practise the new skills that they have learnt, in our big top tent in the classroom.

This week has begun with a visit from Mrs Martin, our wonderful storyteller, who comes in every other Monday.  The children listened to the story of _____________ and enjoyed singing different action songs and rhymes.

We have also been turning our fingers green by planting up the wellies in our outside area and watching the daffodils bloom in our tyre planters.  Beth Chapman, one of our lovely parents, has been working hard to plant trees and bulbs along the top fence on the school field and we have been lucky enough to help her with this.

20th - 24th February 2017











Class 1 have had a brilliant first week to begin the second half of the Spring term.  We have begun to look at our new topic of ‘The Circus’ with the children showering some brilliant ideas that they already have about the topic and also thinking of some interesting questions that they would like to find out the answers to.  

We are all looking forward to Swamp Circus coming into visit us on Monday 27th February.  We will be watching a performance and then learning some circus skills from the professionals. We will share photos of this experience next week on our page.

Please remember that your child needs to bring their reading folder with them each day, as we listen to the children read at different times during the week.  It is great to see  many parents recording when they hear their children read and commenting on the progress they are making.

Parent letter The Circus.doc