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. We are studying space stories this half term by various authors including those written by Simon Bartram as well as reading and writing information texts.
In the afternoons children have topic work, the title this half term is 'Space and Beyond'. We will be studying Science, History, DT, PE, Music, ICT, RE and PSHME.
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 Books, Thanks Giving and Opportunities. Each theme will take 4 weeks.
This half term our topic is ‘The Place Where We Live’
We will be looking at a variety of stories which have familiar settings. These include; Not Now Bernard and Oscar Got the Blame. The children will learn how to include speech in their narratives and create a version of their own. They will also be studying the story 'Mister Seahorse' and the information book 'Animals and their Young'. From these texts children will make an information booklet. In science we are studying our local habitats and look at our local area from a geographical point of view. They will be continuing their skills of observational drawing and experiment with overprinting motifs and colour.
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 Monday 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
We have a school Facebook page. 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.