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Queen Eleanor Primary School

Queen Eleanor Primary School

Class 1

Class 1 newsletter.

Hello! Good to see you back everyone! A special big welcome to our new Reception children-we are amazed how independently they are coming into the classroom each morning! We are already having lots of fun and settling in really quickly- a fantastic start!

Our class topic this term is ‘Toys from the past’. We will be looking at the children’s favourite toys and games and comparing them to the toys their parents, grandparents and even great grandparents played with. Each week one child from the class will take home a book where they can record your family favourites! If any of you have any old windup toys, jack in a boxes, spinning tops etc. that we could share with the class please let us know- we would love to see them. We will also be learning about the toys and games played with during the Second World War. Our ‘inside’ role play area is a ‘Toy Shop’ and as well as encouraging literacy and numeracy skills through play, we have also witnessed some children pretending to buy their toys ‘online’!

In literacy, with Mrs Shaw, the class will be hearing stories with a ‘toy’ theme including The Old Bear stories, Kipper and Winnie The Pooh. We will also be learning nursery rhymes and singing some ‘War linked’ songs. Miss Milne will be reading Peter Pan and the class are already enjoying outside role play as pirates, lost boys and Wendy! The reception children are learning to write their names, form letters correctly and give meaning to any letters or marks they make- an essential first step to writing! The year one and two children are focusing on writing sentences using correct punctuation, using ‘and’ or ‘because’ in their sentences, writing for a range of purposes and using phonic knowledge to spell words more independently. Our daily letters and sounds activities will continue and in your child’s reading folder you will find the tricky words and phonemes we are working on this term. We are trying to make our class ‘book corner’ a cosy and more inviting place to sit and share a book- should you have any old beanbags or large floor cushions we could sit on we would really appreciate them.

We have started the term by sorting and counting in maths. The reception children will be learning to count accurately, recognise numbers and start to put them in order. They will also be making repeating patterns in lots of different ways and learning to describe and name shapes. The year 1 and 2 groups will now be working with numbers beyond 20- recognising doubles, comparing and ordering, counting on and back in 1’s,  2’s, 5’s and 10’s  and of course adding and subtracting too. The class will also be learning to estimate and measure weight and length and have been ordering the days of the week, the seasons and months of the year!

In science, for the first half term Key Stage 1 are learning about plants, seeds, bulbs and growth. We are investigating and comparing the different types of seeds and will be closely observing the growth of a broad bean. We are exploring different flowers, trees, fruit and vegetables and how they grow. After half term our science topic is seasons and Changes-we will be looking at changes in weather, nature and even the clothes we need to wear.

Our P.E. days are Fridays (swimming) and Mondays. Please ensure your child has their kit in school and that every item is labelled! We are encouraging independence when undressing and dressing but this often means their clothes could be anywhere around the classroom!  

Wow! We are going to be busy and have lots of fun! Of course, if you have any questions please pop in and let us know.

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