The KS1 class consists of children in Year 1 and Year 2. They are taught by Mrs Entwistle and Mrs Leedham.
Our day starts, after self-registration, with prayers, a story and finger-gym. The children then split into ability groups to have a phonics session using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme.
Literacy lessons are next.These are based on our topic for the half term covering a wide range of genres. This half term our topic is 'Family Album' - and we will be starting the term with a trip to Towneley Hall to take part in a hands on session to do with the history of toys and games as well as a visit to their portrait gallery.
Children help make their own toast at break time then after play they have Mathematics. We follow 'Maths Mastery' where every child can enjoy and succeed. Each child is given time and opportunities to fully explore mathematical concepts, challenging them through investigations using their ideas in new and complex ways.
In the afternoons children have topic work which includes science, geography, history, art, DT, PE, Music, ICT and RE.
In our class we have daily times of quiet and reflection, a time to think and be still. We follow the 'Come and See' project for Catholic Schools. The areas are taught in 4 week blocks and include a time to explore, reveal and respond to each area. This Spring term we will be studying the three themes of Special People, Meals and Change, each theme will take 4 weeks.
This half term our topic is ‘Growth and Green fingers’
We will be looking at plant growth, including food chains and microhabitats. We will be learning collaging skills and preparing food to design and make vegetable and fruit kebabs. We will be using ICT to record weather using data loggers, IPads to record plant growth as well as learning how to programme Beebots. The children will study two stories; Handa's Surprise and Oliver's Vegetables to enable them to write an innovated story as well as studying traditional rhymes.
Phonics and Reading
Phonics is taught daily (approx 20mins) using ‘Letters and Sounds’, which is a six-phase teaching programme. Phase 1, 2 and 3 are generally taught in the EYFS and Phase 4, 5 & 6 in Years 1 & 2. Each daily session includes an introduction, a revisit & review, direct teaching then a practice, finishing with an applying of what has been taught and conclusion.
Children read in guided groups or individually daily. Children read appropriate fiction and non-fiction books matched to their phonics phase and age-related book bands.
Every Thursday afternoon, whatever the weather, Class 1 either visit our forest area which is located close to our school or spend time in our gardening area within the school grounds. Forest school is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland environment. After each session the children fill in a floor book showing and explaining what they have learnt or done that afternoon.
Keeping in Touch
Our Class has a weekly newsletter to keep parents informed of things that are happening specifically for our class which is emailed and sent home as a paper copy. We also have Facebook page which is accessible to our Class 1 parents only. Photos and comments of our activities are added as often as possible. This allows parents to see what their children are doing each day, even if they do come home and answer that well known question ‘What have you done today?’ with ‘Nothing!’.
Years 1 through to Year 5 swim during the Spring Term, for a block of 10 weeks, at Ribblesdale Swimming Pool, Clitheroe.