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 registration, with prayers and a story. The children then split into ability groups to have a phonics session using the ‘Letters and Sounds’ scheme.
Maths lessons are next. 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.
After play they have Literacy. These are based on our topic for the half term covering a wide range of genres. This half term our topic is Enid Blyton's, 'The Enchanted Wood' .
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 Summer term we will be studying the three themes of Holidays & Holy Days, Being Sorry and Neighbours. Each theme will take 4 weeks.
This half term our topic is ‘The Enchanted Wood’
We will be looking at Enid Blyton's fantasy story 'The Enchanted Wood'. We will look at the characters and fantasy lands the characters visit. Children will be writing a chapter about an adventure in their own fantasy land at the top of The Faraway Tree. They will be making plant and animal identification cards as well as learning how to keep and write a diary. In science we are studying our senses and keeping healthy. They will be designing and making glove puppets and learning how to play the recorder. Another busy half term!
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.