Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome to Ants Class, a mixed Reception/Year 1 classroom!
I am so pleased to welcome all the children and their families to Thriplow CofE Primary School, and am excited to be on this learning journey with them. My name is Miss Batty (known as Miss B), and I am the class teacher. In the mornings the teaching assistant is Miss Webbe, and in the afternoon it is Mrs Maloney. On Wednesday afternoons the children will be taught by Mrs Symmons. On Wednesday mornings the Reception children will be learning outdoors in the Wild Space with Mrs Symmons. On Thursday afternoons the Year 1 children will be learning in the Wild Space with Mrs Symmons.
The children have all made a wonderful start to settling in at Thriplow. Until the Reception children begin school full time, our main focuses in class are finding routines, setting goals and targets for the year ahead, getting to know each other, and exploring our classroom!
Each day, your child should have in school…
A blue bookbag, NOT a rucksack, as these are too bulky in the corridors.
A clear, reusable water bottle with water to drink (absolutely no squash/juice). Your child should take this home each day to be cleaned/to change the water.
A PE kit, as specified by the school uniform policy. The PE kit must be kept at school at all times.
Their reading record and reading book. The children will be given their first reading book when they begin school full time.
You may also choose to provide a spare set of clothes incl. underwear/socks/tights/shoes in case of toilet accidents etc.
Indoor shoes and outdoor shoes (one pair for each). The children must change into clean shoes when coming inside. This helps to keep our beautiful classroom clean.
Outdoor learning clothes. The children must have wellies, waterproof trousers and a waterproof coat, or a waterproof all in one suit. The children will wear their outdoor learning clothes over their regular uniform. It is important to have these clothes so that they can be fully immersed in outdoor learning. Outdoor learning clothing can be purchased through school.
Topic - Our Big Question
Each half term, our class learning centres around a "Big Question". We use this to enhance our children's talk and philosophical thinking skills. We will be exploring this question in all areas of our learning.
Our Big Question this term is: "What does it mean to help someone?"
Areas of Learning
In the Reception year, there are 7 key areas of learning. These are…
Expressive Arts and Design
Understanding the World
Communication and Language
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
With our Year 1 children, we will be exploring the National Curriculum. The focus subjects are:
Modern Foreign Language
Design & Technology
Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education
We will be exploring all areas of learning every day using a very cross-curricular thematic approach. This happens through teacher-led whole class carpet sessions, small group sessions, and one-to-one sessions. As well as these sessions, the children will have the opportunity to explore the ‘enhanced provision’ every day. Enhanced provision is the carefully selected resources put out in the classroom/outdoor covered area each day, which are designed to engage, support, and challenge the children in their independent learning.
Once the children begin school full time, they will be given a reading record and reading book. They must bring this reading record and reading book to school with them every day, even if it does not need changing. When the children arrive at school, they must put the record and book into the book basket. Their books will be changed once they have read the book once or twice. Please try to read with your child every night, even if only for 10 minutes! It will significantly help them to develop their reading skills.
At first, the Reception children will take home books without words. This is a crucial step on their journey of learning to read. The children will be developing their understanding and comprehension of stories, as well as their ability to make predictions. This will help your child to be ready to start reading books with words! To help your child with these books without words, you can show them…
The title, author and illustrator of the book.
How to hold the book correctly.
How to turn the pages carefully one at a time.
You could ask your child...
Who are the characters?
What is happening in the story?
What is that character doing?
What do you think is going to happen next?
Why do you think that character did that?
If you have any questions about reading books, please don’t hesitate to ask me.
To track the children’s progress throughout the year, we will use the online learning journal ‘Tapestry’ at school. You can find more information about Tapestry here: www.tapestry.info and of course please speak to me at school if you have any questions.
I love to have parents and carers come and visit our classroom, and I know the children love it too! As part of this, I am looking for volunteer mystery readers to come and read a story of your choice at school to the children. The children love the surprise, and it really helps to develop their excitement and love for books! Once a week, I will tell the children we are having a mystery reader. The children will all close their eyes, and excitedly wait for the mystery reader to arrive. If you would love to be a mystery reader, do come and speak to me in school, and we can arrange a time for you to visit.
It is so important to be proud of the things we learn at school and at home, and to celebrate them! If your child does something you are proud of at home, I would love to hear about it, and share the achievement with the other children. This can be anything from a certificate from a club, to helping to lay the table for dinner. Take a ‘proud cloud’ from the folder by our classroom gate, and write all about your child’s achievement on it. The please return it to me, and we will then celebrate the achievement in class and display the cloud on our proud clouds board in our classroom. Come into our classroom to see our clouds and why we are proud!
If you have any further queries, do not hesitate to come and speak to me in school. I look forward to getting to know you and the children this year!
In Literacy the Year 1 children will be continuing to develop their writing stamina and their use of full stops, finger spaces, and capital letters. They will also be writing as a character, and learning about different types of letter. Reception children will be working on their pencil control, name writing, and writing CVC words.
For Phonics, the whole Year 1 cohort will be taught in the Butterflies classroom. They are currently learning about alternative digraph spellings eg ee/ea/ey, as well as split digraphs. The Reception children will continue to develop their knowledge of single grapheme sounds.
In Maths, Reception will be continuing to explore numbers 0-10, and learning the beginnings of addition and subtraction. Year 1 are exploring addition and subtraction beyond 20, and working a lot in their mental Maths books. We will also be looking at capacity, weight, length
In PE the children will be taught by Mrs Symmons every Wednesday afternoon, and this term we will be focusing on dance and movement.
In RE we are looking at the Christian understanding of Jesus' disciples, and also the Christian story of Incarnation.
In Wild Space we ...
In Art, we will be developing our art skills, including lots of observational drawing of people who help others, eg firefighters, police officers.
In Music we will continue to explore our school's amazing musical instrument collection, and will compose a short piece of music. We will be learning a lot about the Nutcracker music as part of the lead up to our school trip. We will also be doing lots of singing as part of our Nativity rehearsals.
In Geography Year 1 will be learning about the UK and the countries within it, focusing heavily on Scotland and the celebration of St Andrew's Day in November.
In Computing, the Year 1 children will be using the Purple Mash website and developing their mouse control. Reception children will be exploring a painting program on the iPads. We will be thinking about our e-safety unit; being "Internet Sharp".
In PSHE, we will be thinking about, talking about, and acting upon ways that we can help others.
PAST ANTS CLASS TOPIC INFORMATION
This term in Ants Class our topic is 'This is Me'! This topic will explore what makes us special and unique, as well us helping us to understand the amazing workings of the human body! We will also be investigating Autumn and celebrating Harvest.
In Literacy the Year 1 children will be developing their writing stamina and their use of full stops, finger spaces, and capital letters. Reception children will be working on their pencil control, name writing, and initial sounds.
For Phonics, the whole Year 1 cohort will be taught in the Butterflies classroom. They will first revisit the phonemes and tricky words they learnt last year, and then we will begin to introduce new ones. The Reception children will begin by becoming more 'phonemically aware', and then we will introduce the first few letter sounds to them, beginning with 's, a, t, p, i, and n'.
In Maths, Reception will be exploring numbers 0-10, and learning how to count objects very carefully. We will also be looking at 2D shapes, capacity, and talking about the days and months of the year. Year 1 children will be developing their knowledge of numbers 0-100, and becoming familiar with the 100 square. They will also begin to learn how to write and read the days of the week, as well as writing and reading numbers 0-20 in words. Year 1 will also explore 2D shape in depth, as well as developing their understanding of directions and capacity.
In PE the children will be taught by Mrs Symmons every Wednesday afternoon, and this term we will be focussing on dance and movement.
In RE we are looking at the Christian understanding of God and Creation, as well as the Christian celebration of Harvest.
In Wild Space we ...
In Art, in-keeping with our 'This is Me' topic, we will be looking closely at self-portraits. We will do this through exploring famous artists' self-portraits, as well as creating our own for our 'We Are Ants Class' classroom display.
In Music we will begin exploring our school's amazing musical instrument collection, and learn how to correctly look after and play the instruments. We will also be doing lots of singing!
We are centering our Science learning around humans, and are developing our knowledge the human body. This will include investigating human body parts (both inside and out!), teeth, and our five senses. of jungle animals, jungle plants, and what the habitat of the jungle is like. We are also thinking about how we can look after our jungle environments.
In Geography we will be thinking about the environment and place in which we live, as well as a map of Thriplow and where we go to school.
In Computing, the Year 1 children will begin using the Purple Mash website and developing their mouse control. Reception children will begin by exploring a painting program on the iPads.
In PSHE, as part of our 'This is Me' topic, we will be thinking about how we can be kind friends, and how we can 'live' our Thriplow school vision (particularly the part about 'clothing ourselves in kindness'). We will also be exploring how we can recognise, understand, and manage the emotions we experience.