Commonwealth Day Celebration on Monday 13th March
On Monday, Class 1 visited Ross-on-Wye town centre to celebrate Commonwealth day. The children listened to a speech given by the Mayor about the principles and values of the Commonwealth charter. They were then given flags to wave from the 54 countries that make up the Commonwealth. As an extra special treat Class 1 were invited to the council offices to have squash and biscuits in the council chambers and saw where the council hold their meetings. When the children returned to the classroom they found out which country their flag was from and looked at the world map to locate the countries of the commonwealth.
The New Year has brought us lots of storytelling. Through our topic of ‘Fairytales’ we have made porridge, retold the Cinderella story, discovered what characters are like and we are currently climbing a beanstalk….I wonder what is at the top?
In Science, we have been learning about our bodies and exploring how we use our senses. We enjoyed our Science week and learnt about how to keep ourselves healthy as well as how to look after the environment. As we moved into March the weather has shown more signs of spring so we have been busy tidying up our garden and begun planting. More vegetables will be planted soon so we can watch them develop.
Chinese New Year is always a popular topic, as we got to use chopsticks, make beautiful pictures, create exciting dances… but watch out for the dragon in the classroom (he seems quite friendly!)
We have been really impressed with the children’s ideas and writing in Big Writing. They have excelled themselves in discovering and learning new ‘wow’ words and still love performing the Kung Fu punctuation!
The children have been working exceptionally hard in Maths to understand the number system to count accurately and put numbers in order. The year ones are developing their understanding of tens and units and using the bar model method to visualise calculations.
Class 1 – Autumn 2016
What a busy term we are having!
We welcomed 13 new Reception children into our school family and they have all settled in really well. Our year 1’s have been fabulous role models and helped them familiarize themselves with the rules and routines of Class 1.
Learning outside is so much fun! We have been reading, mark making, writing, counting & measuring; testing our ideas, role-playing and much, much more.
Our British Values week taught us lots about the royal family and The Queen. We built models of Buckingham Palace and explored the family tree. Not forgetting to make a wave our union jack flags.
During November, we have be practising counting in 1, 2, 5 and 10, and linking this to counting money to ‘buy’ things in our toyshop.
The weather may have turned chillier but we still try to utilise our outside area – we just have to move more to keep warm!
The glitter and Christmas crafts have crept into December, gearing us up for a festive few weeks. We have been busily practising our singing and speaking skills while rehearsing for our infant nativity. We can’t wait to show you!