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Welcome back to Class 1, we have settled back into school over the last couple of days. The children have been sharing what they have been doing during the Christmas holidays. 

The classroom has changed a little and now feels quite open and spacious, the children have enjoyed using the new post office role play area that is linked with our literacy sequence on the book 'Katie Morag delivers the Mail'. We have also revamped the outside area and house classroom which means we have lots more lovely spaces for Class 1 children to take their learning and exploration. The children had a go with the new sand pit, construction area and chalk boards this afternoon.


Allotment will start up again next week, so children will need spare clothes, a coat and wellies for next Friday please.


The Spring Term curriculum letter went home with the children this afternoon so please have a read to find out what is going on throughout this term. A copy has also been added to the website for you to look at if required.


We look forward to another lovely term with Class one.

We have had a brilliant first term in Class 1! We would just like to say thank you to all the lovely children in our class for making our jobs easy because the Year ones have settled back into school after the summer holidays and the reception children have done a superb job at settling in to their new school.

Our Achievement cup for this term went to Rosie Reynolds for really persevering and building her confidence and resilience over this term. Well Done Rosie.

All there is left to say is we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

This Week in Class 1...

Wow, we are so proud of Class one for their efforts in the school production of The Little Fir Tree. They all did a brilliant job of singing, dancing and saying their lines. It has been a busy week for Class one and i am sure they will be a little bit tired after a busy end of the week especially. We have had lots of parents mention how they really enjoyed the show which is always lovely to hear because the children put in so much effort and have such a good time.

Other exciting things that have happened is our delicious Christmas Dinner that we all shared together in class today. It was a really enjoyable time sat together sharing food and some great conversations with the children. But also it was nice to share our lunch with those who normally serve the children lunch, some Governors and adults who have volunteered some of their time to the school.

The children in amongst all this fun have been making some special things to sell at the Christmas bazaar next Thursday, so make sure you have a look for what your child has made. 


Next Week...

The children will no doubt be getting a bit excited for Christmas by next week, so there will be lots of craft activities going on, exploring with their friends and winding down for the end of term. As part of our literacy sequence on Man on the Moon, we will be sending our letters off in balloons to finish our literacy sequence. We will also still be revisiting our key maths skills throughout the week. Class One will be having a fun afternoon on Tuesday, as it will be our end of term party.

This Week in Class 1...

We have been getting excited for our school performance of the little fir tree next Thursday. The children have been over to the church to start getting to used to the space, the acoustics of the church and to see where they will be when parents, grandparents and friends come to watch their performances next week. Class One is continuing to feel very Christmassy and the children have been using Santa’s Grotto to practice their letter writing skills and for Reception children it is encouraging them to mark make with a purpose and build confidence in having a go at putting pencil to paper. We have continued with our Man on the Moon Literacy sequence and the children have thought about what they would offer to someone who may be feeling sad or lonely at this time of year. The Year ones have written some lovely prayers and Reception have thought about what they would do for others around them. It is really lovely to listen to the children’s responses. 

In numeracy the year one children have been looking at subtraction and have been eager to continue with a colour by numbers subtraction picture. 

The children have started to use their creative sides to make some lovely pictures for the upcoming performance and some craft bits for the Christmas bizarre! Today as part of a grammar session the children wowed me with their superb sentence writing. They have worked on identifying a noun, verb and adjective and then they had a go at putting all three in their sentences. This is tricky when they still need to remember to use capital letters, full stops and try to spell common words that they know.


Next Week...

The dress rehearsal for the performance is on Monday so the children will get a chance to do their beautiful singing with their costumes on.  Thank you for supporting the children with the new book bag boxes, this seems to be working really well so far and the trays are clear for the children to use their whiteboards more freely. As always please feel free to change your child's book with them at the beginning or end of each day if they need changing but please stick to the same colour band that we have set them on. 

Next Friday the 15th is Christmas dinner day at school, children will be able to wear a Christmas jumper on this day. 

This week...Christmas has arrived in Class 1 this week, we have a Santa's grotto, a Christmas tree, lots of decorations and our advent calendar. This time of year lends itself for lots of lovely writing opportunities and the children always have access to writing materials but the idea of writing a letter to Father Christmas or his Elves seems to spur on their writing. As part of our RE sessions we are looking at the Christmas story and thinking about the precious gifts that we have to give or have been given by others. The children have been encouraged to think about gifts that are not material possessions but more the gift of kindness and helpfulness. Our new Literacy sequence is looking at the John Lewis advert 'Man on the Moon', which has really encouraged the children to think about how the girl helped the old man and how they both might have been feeling. From this they have been writing some super sentences. The Year 1's have been focusing on what is needed in a sentence, looking at nouns and verbs.


In Numeracy the children have started working on capacity whilst continuing with their daily number sense work to strengthen their quick number recall knowledge. The reception children had fun estimating how many cones it would take to get from one point to the next.

At the allotment we have been looking at how some things are living and some are non-living. The children were listing/drawing what they could identify in these two categories.


Next Week...

The children will continue with their literacy on 'Man on the moon' and exploring capacity and subtraction in numeracy. We have noticed that the trays are getting a bit busy in Class 1 with the bookbags going in there each day so we now have an orange book bag box for reception children to place their book bags in each morning, and a yellow box for Year one children to put their book bags in. This will allow the children to get in and out of their trays to use whiteboards etc more easily each day. We are trying to instil a love for reading in the children but we cannot always hear them read as frequently as we would like. Please feel free to change your child's book with them at the beginning or end of each day if they need changing but please stick to the same colour band that we have set them on. 

Autumn Term Week One:

We have been having lots of fun in class 1 over the last three days. The Year 1 children have been fantastic at settling back into school after the holidays and the new reception children have had a lovely first few days at school.

We have all been thinking about how we can grow our brains and learn new things. The children have come up with ideas about how we can keep learning, such as asking for help if we find something tricky and trying things again. If the children come across something that they feel they can't do, they now say "we can't do it YET" which is fab!

Year One children have written down something they can do, something they can't do yet and thought about how they can get there.

As part of our over arching theme of Anything is Possible, the children have also been thinking about what they might like to do in the future with the mindset of anything is possible. A few of my favourite examples are, a tooth fairy, an artist, a pirate, a boxer, a hedgehog and someone who looks after a T-Rex!

The reception children have been making some super caterpillars with multi-link blocks and using their super counting skills to see how many pieces they need for the body.

The children have also been over to Class 3 to share some of their reading books with an older peer.


Next Week in Class 1...

We will be starting off our literacy work by exploring the story Tell Me a Dragon by Jackie Morris and let's just say there will be lots to spark their imaginations! We are hoping to start our allotment trips next week, so please send spare clothes and wellies on Friday.

Week Two:

We have had a very exciting arrival!! You will never guess what it is...a dragon egg! The children have loved the mysterious arrival and have been trying to figure out how it got there. Some children even thought that they could hear the mummy dragons claws knocking on the door! The children then got extremely messy making their own eggs out of paper mache. There has also been a lot of exploration in the shredded paper which is home to lots of animals for the children to find.

In Numeracy, the children had fun helping the Gruffalo fill his hungry, grumbling tummy by adding one more mouse to his plate. They also helped poor mouse with his tiny tummy have one less nut on his plate. Year 1 children have been using dice to test their understanding of one more and one less and will move on to finding 10 more or 10 less than a given number. In literacy Year 1 children have been constructing some super sentences by looking at a picture, saying their sentence out loud and then writing it. They have also been drawing dragons and describing what they are doing by using a verb.


In religious studies this week we had a strong focus on the school value of friendship. The children have been thinking carefully about what a friend is and what makes you a good friend? We read a story about David and his poorly back which had a strong emphasis on friendship and how we can help others. From this the children have written some sentences and drawn some beautiful pictures of their friends to go in our friendship book.


Next Week...

We're really looking forward to making some dragon food in our mud kitchen and also creating capes for our hunt around the village.

Week Three

We have had another exciting week in class 1!! The arrival of the dragon has brought lots of exciting opportunities for some super writing and number skills. A letter was left that told the children that the dragon liked soup so the children then wrote their own letters to the dragon asking various questions. Some children had ideas about what they would like to find out from the dragon while others wanted to thank the dragon. We constructed letters that asked, what its name is, what it likes in its soup, whether it is kind and even a thank you for protecting us and the school. The children looked for clues and eventually spotted the reply left by the dragon.

From this we have been able to have some brilliant learning opportunities, as well as writing letters the children have also written ingredients needed to make some glittery soup for the dragon, then follow their recipe to make the soup and the reception children have been counting out different ingredients for their plates of food.

We also managed to get up to the allotment this week, which was thanks to all who helped get it ready for us to go and explore. We had a lovely time and hopefully the children can tell you about all the different creatures we found. We were lucky to have our Governor Mr Jonathon Ponting join us up at the allotment and he helped us to identify different species.

Well done to all the children who have been doing lots of excellent reading at home, some certificates went out today and i'm sure there will be lots more next week! Can I also remind you that Class 1's phonics/flashcards/spellings are in their book bags.

Week Four

We have had such fun in Class 1 this week, the children have been on a shared walk around the village with the Little Otters children. Along the way we were looking out for the baby Dragon and Mummy Dragon, we didn't manage to catch a glimpse of them, however we did find lots of glitter and feathers that led us all the way to the park. When we arrived at the park we saw a footprint that looked to have been left by a dragon, along with it was a package! Inside was a cuddly dragon for Class 1 to look after at school and some custard cream and bourbon biscuits. How did that dragon know we like biscuits!! Thank you to all the parents who came along or helped, the children's capes that they made are coming home for them to enjoy at home.

Also this week the children have been looking at how we can make our sentences super. We are beginning to remember that we use a capital letter at the beginning and a full stop at the end of our simple sentences. The children helped to think of a symbol to help remember about the capital letters.

The reception children have been working on strengthening their muscles in order to develop a suitable pencil grip for when they come to write later on. To help with this they have been using large anti-clockwise movements using ribbons and paintbrushes to support their gross motor skills and bean bag squeezing activities to strengthen their hands. They had great fun giving these activities a try. 

The children have had a wonderful opportunity to paint their own roof tile to go on the church roof this week. Photos of these will be in the photos section of the Class 1 page.


Next Week...

We will be looking more into our number bonds to ten so ask the children if they can remember our number bonds song! Just a reminder also to keep reading with your child at home, we have been able to give some more reading challenge certificates out this week which is lovely. New flashcards and spellings are in their book bags. Remember it is our Invention Afternoon next Wednesday so junk modelling supplies would be much appreciated.

Week Five

Well, what a fantastic week we've had in Class 1! The children have produced some lovely descriptive writing about their dragons. They all displayed wonderful growth mindsets through their determination to make to make their work better. We also had the best invention afternoon where all the children had a family member to help make a dragon trap. The children's enthusiasm and imaginations created some amazing traps.

The year one's really enjoyed constructing some silly sentences this week. The favourite was, the elephant is chasing sausages!

The children in Reception have had a go at sequencing the story of the three little pigs.

They also have been using their phonics knowledge to identify initial sounds in words and using pegs to show their understanding.


Next Week...

As we started to work our number bonds to ten this week, we will also be developing our quick recal of number facts to 10 next week.

Just a reminder also to keep reading with your child at home, we have been able to give some more reading challenge certificates out this week which is lovely. New flashcards and spellings are in their book bags.

Remember it is Class 1's trip to Clip and Climb on Monday, so we look forward to seeing you all after the weekend.

This Week in Class 1...

We have been preparing for our banquet this week so the children have worked hard to learn the poem and practise their lines ready to share with their parents and friends. I think they did a fantastic job and it was lovely looking at all those special moments from this half term.

Throughout the term the children have made capes, made dragon caves with clay, drawn dragons, made dragon soup and lots more within their learning. Thank you to everyone who came and have a lovely half term.


Last Week in Class 1...

We had yet another fab week, the children have been working hard on learning their number bonds to 10 and 20. Also the reception children have been matching numbers using the puzzle pieces this week. Lots of engaging in number in and around their environment is a great way of strengthening their number knowledge. Remember to show us what wows you, on Tapestry.

The children have had lots of fun making shapes in PE this week. They have had to use their core strength to hold their positions.

Can we ask that the children have a spare pair of socks in their PE bags because often the shoes and socks get damp during PE. Also if your children wears tights they will need a pair of socks to wear during PE as can't wear tights.

This week we designed our own Dragon caves! The children drew their design on paper and then took to the clay to produce their cave. These caves when they are finished will be relocated up to the allotment where the children can check each week to see if anything has made a home inside!



Next Week...

Class One will be working on constructing super sentences, remembering those capital letters and full stops. They will also be hammering those verbs into their sentences! The children are very excited for their banquet next Thursday afternoon at 2.15pm.

Wow, well what a great start to the second half of the Autumn Term. The children have had a fab week started off with a lovely trip to Bicton Arena. On the trip the children were learning all about different tree species and even different types of spiders! Their beautiful spiderwebs that they created on the trip are up on the wall in the classroom for everyone to look at and enjoy. There are also some lovely pictures from the trip on display. 

The children have also been looking into how we can stay safe if we are watching fireworks this weekend and especially if using sparklers. They have created some beautifully expressive fireworks pictures using oil pastels and paints. 

In Numeracy the children have been developing their knowledge of shapes and hunting for different shapes around the school. They have also been introduced to positional language and used toy animals to show their understanding of how the animal can change its position, for example from under the table to between the cusions.


Next Week...

The children will be extending their knowledge and understanding of shapes and positional language throughout the week. They will also be looking at their use of grammar in the super sentences they write.

We have had another great week in Class 1, we have been looking at new book as part of our literacy called Peter's Chair by Ezra Jack Keats. It is about a boy who has a little baby sister and all the things he enjoyed and used as a baby suddenly are painted pink and used for his sister, which Peter doesn't feel very happy about. The children then brought in their beautiful pictures from when they were babies, along with a special item. We discussed how our special items make us feel and whether if we had to give them to someone else, if we could relate to how Peter was feeling. In the end Peter happily helps to prepare his old things ready for his sister and with lots of children with younger siblings in the class it was nice to hear them talking about their experiences.

In numeracy the children have been looking a positional language using toy animals. They were asked to place their animal somewhere in the room and then in a sentence tell us where their animal was positioned.

The Year 1 children have now got some new spelling words to have a go at whilst at home to reinforce what we are implementing at school. The reception children also have some words in their letters and sounds books for them to learn to read.


At 11am today the children went out to the memorial to pay respects and partake in a school rememberance service. This was led by James and there were some beautiful poems written and read by the year 6 children. Signay from reception and James from Year 6 together lay the poppy wreath on behalf of the school. The children each then stuck a poppy sticker on a poppy wreath on their return to school. 


Next Week...

The children will continue to work on the story Peter's Chair and will be working at writing some super sentences. Can I please remind parents that PE kits are needed on a Tuesday and Thursday and Allotment kit is needed on a Friday for Class 1. If anyone would like to help out at the allotment or offer an hour here and there towards hearing the children read throughout the week, your support would be greatfully recieved.

This Week in Class 1...

Well what a great finish to another lovely week in Class one a dressing up day for Children in Need. The children have enjoyed colouring pictures, making masks, completing spotty maths challenges and dressing up in spots! Well done to all the children who took part in the colouring competition and a BIG thank you to everyone who made, bought and ate cakes after school today to help Otterton School raise some very important funds for Children in Need. You should all be proud.

Also this week the Year one children have really knocked my socks off during our phonics sessions because we have introduced the a-e split digraph and they have all had a really good go at spelling some words using this sound. Reception children have also impressed me by having such a can do attitude towards forming their letters and words on their whiteboards and in their books.

The children have been looking at ordering positions into 1st, 2nd and third this week and have shown a great understanding of this. We had animals lining up and racing, along with questions that really got the Year ones thinking about which colour they need to use!

In RE the children looked at giving and receiving gifts and how that makes us feel, along with what would be our favourite gift to give to others (which worked well with our Children in Need activities). 


Next Week...

The Year one children now have spellings in their books that come home and should be practiced at home please. I then give them new words the following week. We are all working through the list of words the children should be able to write when they are at the end of year one. This is just to help the children to start recognising those words and being able to use them in their writing. The reception have words in their book bags that they need to read at home (not write), working in the same way as the flashcards.

As part of the literacy sequence looking at the book Peter's Chair, the children have all made new chairs for Super Monkey.

The children have also had another look at what makes a sentence and the Year ones have been identifying the different parts of a sentence.

In Numeracy the children have been looking at weighing using non standard measure, also they have looked at ordering numbers above 20 and their number formation skills.

At the allotment this week the children were collecting some materials to make an autumnal frame back at school. These have been started and the children will finish these off next week before they come home for you to enjoy. 

The reception children have been doing lots of work with reading and writing words to help embed their early phonetic knowledge. This included braving the cold and hunting for words in the playground.


Next Week...

The children will be starting a new literacy sequence using Man on the Moon (advert for John Lewis) and will move onto looking at capacity in numeracy. We have been lucky enough to have a visitor in our class this week called Mrs Walker. Mrs Walker is gaining soem work experience with Class one and will be with us for the next couple of Wednesday and Fridays. She has settled in very quickly and the children are enjoying her being with us.


Can I please remind parents that PE kits are needed on a Tuesday and Thursday and Allotment kit is needed on a Friday for Class 1. If anyone would like to help out at the allotment or offer an hour here and there towards hearing the children read throughout the week, your support would be greatfully recieved.