Welcome to Class 1!
Within Class 1, we are supporting the children to become ‘school-ready’; developing their independence, confidence, resilience and curiosity. It’s an exciting time, for children and parents as they enter school life. The children will learn by doing things for themselves, by exploring and investigating, watching and listening, talking and discussing and creating and communicating. Much of our learning will be play based especially for the reception children.
The children will be learning to read through the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme. They will have daily sessions where they will be introduced to each sound/phoneme and they will be taught to blend these for reading. You will be made aware of the phonemes your child is learning and where they are within the scheme! Feel free to come in and ask for any further details. Children will be encouraged to read daily at home, and they will bring home reading books and have a reading record which we would like you to complete.
How to help your child with reading.
Read read read…. Read to your child and encourage them to read to you. Read anything and everything, not just the reading scheme books. Real books, with pictures, rhyme and enjoyable stories are crucial here. Try to encourage your child to talk about the pictures, or to make predictions about what will happen next. It’s most important for your child to enjoy reading above all, so try to relax, and stop when either of you begins to feel pressured or anxious.
In class 1 we have home school diaries. I will send things home for your children to do or I may just make a comment on something your child has been working on that week. I encourage you to write in the books informing me about anything your child has done, said or any experiences they may have had. You may include photos and I encourage children to write or draw in them too. This book is a two way communication and it really helps if you have written in the book as it can be a starting point for conversations within school.
Autumn: Me Me Me
Spring: Animal Fair
Summer: Beach Combers
In the Spring term, the children will visit a local Vets and Hoo Farm.
In the Summer Term, the children will visit the Sea Life Centre.
In class 1 the children will need indoor shoes. We spend a lot of time on the floor in Class 1, so this helps to keep the carpet nice and clean.
PE: PE is on a Friday afternoon.
Forest schools: Forest schools is on a Wednesday
Useful things for class 1 to know:
How to change for PE.
How to put on your own coat.
How to change your own shoes.
How to use a knife and fork.