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 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 farming stories this half term by various authors including those written by Michael Morpurgo as well as reading and writing riddles and persuasive texts.
In the afternoons children have topic work, the title this half term is 'On the Farm'. We will be studying Science, History, DT, PE, ICT, RE, PSHME and Forest Activities.
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.
During the second half of Spring Term our topic was
‘On the Farm’
We looked at a variety of stories which have familiar settings, riddles and posters. We will be reading a series of stories by Michael Morpurgo called 'Mudpuddle Farm'. The children learnt how to effectively plan a story using 'wow' words throughout to create their own farm story. They looked at farming and how it has changed including using hands-on resources to make butter and a trip to a working mill and a modern farm shop.
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. Within the Letters and Sounds programme the children are taught to sight read and spell high frequency words (HFW). These are words commonly seen in texts and learning just 13 of these will enable children to read 25% of any text. Learning 100 HFW gives a beginner reader access to 50% of virtually any text, whether a children's book or a newspaper report. See the document below and webpage link for more information.
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 outdoor area within the school grounds. These sessions are led by Mrs Entwistle who is a qualified Level 3 Forest School Leader and helped by Mrs Allen, a volunteer helper. 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.