Welcome to our class page!!
Our class teacher is Miss Helan.
Our teaching assistant is Miss Januszewski.
Welcome to Class 4's page. We have had a very busy Autumn Term in Class 4 and we have settled into our learning in Year 1. We have had fun learning about: Guy Fawkes, Light and Dark, Stickman, The Three Little Pigs, Diwali, Baptism, The Christmas Story and so much more!
We are excited to start our Spring Term and embrace every learning opportunity.
On March 6th we celebrated World Book Day and we learnt about different characters from popular books. Look at how fantastic we look!
Reading is very important throughout school however in order to develop a love of reading and progress your child's reading ability we ask all parents to read with their children at least 5 times a week. Please ask them questions about what they have read and sign your child's reading diary.
In Class 4 we reward children who have read 5 times a week and all children move up the 'Reading Stars' which are located in our reading area.
This is our reading area. We come here to develop our love for books and enjoy some quiet time where we can read and discuss books with our classmates.
Homework will go out on a Monday and must be returned by Friday. There will be a piece of Maths and an English/Topic piece to complete.
Talk for Writing and Read Write Inc.
To teach the children reading and writing we will be following the Read Write Inc scheme. These are daily lessons that teach the children phonics, writing, reading and basic comprehension skills. The children will have a book they will focus on and all their learning will be based on the book they are reading. Your child may not be taught by their class teacher during these sessions.
This is a photo of our Read Write Inc sound poster. This helps us when we read and write.
We also teach separate Talk for Writing lessons. Talk for Writing is a writing scheme written and designed by Pie Corbett. The children are taught a specific text over 3 weeks. During this time the children learn a text and then adapt and change this text to create their own. The children really enjoy learning new texts and creating actions to help them remember. Ask your child at home to perform their text map to you.
This half term our text map is linked to the story of 'The Magic Porridge Pot.' Here is a picture of our new text map and our incredible Talk for Writing Working Wall.
Look at our incredible instruction writing from last half term. We wrote instructions for how to decorate a biscuit.
In school we have introduced a new handwriting scheme. The children will have three handwriting sessions a week. The children will be learning how to hold their pencil correctly and how to form letters.
Please encourage your child to use their handwriting lines when completing their homework. If you have any questions about the new handwriting scheme please speak to Miss Helan.
Throughout school we follow the Big Maths programme. We do daily CLIC (Counting, Learn It's, It's Nothing New and Calculation) sessions where the children learn basic number skills. Within these lessons we are trying to develop counting skills, fluency and mastery within Maths. Mastery is focusing on deepening the children's knowledge and challenging them to apply their previously gained knowledge to new situations and problems.
The children throughly enjoy the Big Maths lessons and look forward to their 'Dangerous Maths' on Fridays.
During the Spring Term we will also be introducing weekly 'Active Math' sessions. These sessions will allow the children to take part in active learning and it may take them outside and around the school. Class 4 are very excited about these new sessions.
Below is our Big Maths Working Wall where the children can visually see which steps they are working on and what steps that can look forward to next. Ask your child which step they are on and what step they need to work towards.
We have been learning to tell the time and we have been using our new tool kits to help us with our 4 calculations.
In RE we follow the Come and See programme which has been recommended by the Bishop and written by various Catholic educators throughout our Diocese and across the country. This term's topics include: Special People, Special Meals and Change. Throughout the year the children also have the opportunity to study different faiths and understand how different people live out their religion.
Throughout their RE lessons the children are encouraged to ask questions and explore their understanding of the teachings within the Bible. The children hear different Bible stories and are provided with the time to 'wonder' and 'reflect' on the meanings of these stories and how God's word is relevant to us today. Ask your child about their learning in RE and ask them to think about any questions they may have relating to their current RE topic.
This is a picture of us acting out a Mass. We role played being the Priest and we used artifacts that you would see in a Catholic Mass.
This is a picture of our Changes display. We made leaves to go on our tree with the changes we want to make during Lent.
Within class we have a Collective Worship table. Once a week the children take ownership of their own worship and work together as a team to lead the collective worship for the rest of their class. The children have organised collective worships in relation to the following themes: love, being thankful, saying sorry and prayer.
Core Learning Skills
In school we teach the children Core Learning Skills. This subject looks at teaching skills such as independence, team work, speaking, listening, communication and working with others. It is a very fun and active lesson which the children really enjoy.
Throughout school and especially during Core Learning Skills we use our "DRAGON" values to motivate, inspire and progress the children. All children in school are familiar with these values and apply them to their everyday work and attitude.
Our DRAGON values are displayed in the picture below. Ask your child about DRAGON. Have they used any of these values today?
During the Spring Term our learning within Creative Curriculum will be focused around the topics 'Polar Explorers' and 'Out of this World'.
These lessons allow children to develop their History and Geography skills. These lessons encourage the children to discover the world around them and think about how significant people have contributed to a change in the past and present.
Look at our fantastic Topic Working Wall. We have painted a picture of what Earth would look like from Space and we have written facts about the planet we live on.
During the Spring Term our learning in Science will be focused on sorting and identifying polar animals and asking scientific questions. In Spring 2 we will be looking at plants. We will be labelling and naming popular garden plants. These lessons encourage the children to question the processes they can see in nature and develop their scientific skills through investigations and experiments.
We thought about our gardens at home and drew and labelled some plants we can see in our own gardens.