Please note that Fireflies will only need to come into school in their PE kit on a Wednesday and Friday. Please come into school in uniform on a Monday.
Welcome to Fireflies!
We hope you all had a lovely Summer break and are feeling refreshed and looking forward to starting school.
This term our topic is Sensational Structures. To find out about the learning that will be taking place this term, please visit the Fireflies information page ( just click on Classes>Fireflies>Information.) You will also find lots of useful links on the page that will help you to support your child’s learning at home.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me on
We are really looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your break!
As an end of term treat, Class 1 have had an African themed day which has linked in with our topic work about Africa.
The children have enjoyed creating their own African sunset picture, making beaded bracelets and binoculars, African dancing, drumming and going on their own Safari in search of African animals.
This week the children have been writing to the children at Little Explorers who will be starting school in September. They have told them all about school life. The children have been extremely motivated in their writing. They were very excited to think that all their friends at pre-school would read their letters.
As part of our topic work on Africa, Class 1 children have learning about the country of Kenya. They have learnt about the landscape of Kenya and compared village life in Kenya to life in Ditton Priors.
To help the children understand the physical features of Kenya, the children have worked together to create and label their own 3D maps of Kenya. Some of the children have been so enthused by their work, they have even been creating their own maps at home.
Class 1 have produced some fantastic pieces of artwork based on the book ‘Giraffes Can’t Dance.‘
We have used their artwork along with their favourite quotes from the story, to make a lovely display. The children are very proud of their work and we thought parents at home would enjoy seeing it too!
I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break.
This term our topic is African Wilderness. Please take a look at the class 1 information page to see what we shall be learning this term.
Children in Class 1 have been learning about the Easter story and why Christians celebrate Easter.
The children started by learning about Palm Sunday. They retold the story through drama and used what they had learnt to write about the important events that took place on Palm Sunday.
As the children continued to learn about the Easter story, we discussed the significance of the cross as a religious symbol. They enjoyed decorating a wooden cross (which was made for us by Mrs Welch) with flowers made from tissue paper and painted egg cartons. We even took the cross with us to Forest School.
At Forest school, the children made Easter gardens and enjoyed an Easter egg hunt with a mathematical twist. Their efforts were rewarded with a treat from the Easter Bunny which went down a treat!
Wishing you all a happy Easter from Class 1.
Class 1 have been reading the books ‘Mr Gumpy’s Motor Car’ and Mr Gumpy’s outing.’
They were really excited to have a visit from Mr Gumpy today. They had already prepared their questions for Mr Gumpy and really enjoyed the opportunity to ask him them.They were able to find out lots of information about him. They found out where he lived, if he had any pets and how fast his car could go. There were also lots of requests to go for a ride in his motor car and his boat!
The children will be using what they have found out to write what they have learnt about Mr Gumpy.
The first ever train was developed by George Stephenson and ran the length of the Stockton to Darlington railway which is 25 miles. Class 1’s challenge is to see how many times we can (collectively) complete the length of the railway.
Please see the document below for more details.
Have fun and lets get moving!
Firstly, I hope everyone had a good Christmas and send everyone my best wishes for the New Year!
I had hoped to see all the children today but unfortunately that is not going to be possible. Due to the current lockdown, all learning will be taking place remotely, at least until February half-term.
I am aware that for many parents this is their first experience of remote learning during lockdown. During lockdown, it is a Government expectation that children will engage with online learning and that children are set work to support their learning.
I will be using the Tapestry platform to set work on a daily basis. Any completed work will need to be submitted using Tapestry by 3:30pm to get feedback from either myself or Mrs Rollings.
If there are any issues/barriers to assessing or completing remote work, please contact me as soon as possible. Please be assured we will try to help you in any way we can.
I have sent further information via Tapestry and would be extremely grateful if you could check your Tapestry notifications and acknowledge receipt by ticking ‘like’ on the page.
If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me: email@example.com.
Class 1 had great fun at Forest School. We enjoyed hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows and biscuits!
Please could Class 1 children come to school in their outdoor PE kit tomorrow.
Please could you ensure that your child brings their blue reading record book into school with them everyday.
I would also be grateful if parents could sign their child’s reading record to show that they have read with their child. This will help us to ensure that their reading books get changed.
As we are unable to send each other Christmas cards this year, the children have enjoyed writing Christmas messages for their friends.
Appointment slips have been sent home with your child this evening. Please check their school bags for your appointment information.
Please send your child into school, in their warm, outdoor PE kit, on a Friday (no shorts please.) A warm coat would also be advisable.
I am really pleased to see how many of you have already been on the app! I have now released a few more lists for you to have a go at.
Well done and keep up the great work!
Spelling Shed is an app which is developed to support children’s spelling and phonetical awareness. It is used throughout the school and has made a positive impact on children’s spelling.
I have put new assignments on Spelling Shed for reception children. These assignments have been set at their current level of phonetic knowledge. The children are familiar with the app as we have used it in school.
Class 1 have been given their Spelling Shed login codes. If they had their blue Reading Record, the code was stuck in the back of their book. If they did not have their book in school, their code was stuck onto a blue piece of card and given to the children.
Class 1 have really enjoyed making their houses for the dark, dark street in the “FunnyBones” story.
They had to cover their boxes with paper, paint their boxes and make a roof, windows and doors for their houses. They all worked extremely hard and produced some fantastic pieces of work!
All of Class 1 have been doing extremely well with their P.E. challenge. They are all extremely motivated to run as many lengths of the playground, as they can, in 3 minutes. Max has managed to run a fantastic total of 16 lengths, closely followed by Grace with 14 lengths.
Class 1 really enjoyed re-creating scenes from the “FunnyBones” story, using freeze frames.
Please find attached details of what we have been learning in Class 1 during our first 2 weeks in school. I have also included some suggestions of things you could do at home, to reinforce what we have been learning in school
I would usually send a book home for the children to bring into school and share their work. Unfortunately, this is not possible at the moment. If you and your child would like to share, what they have been doing at home, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then share their work in school.
I have been really impressed with the amount of children that have been reading their phonics book at home. I cannot stress the importance of reading with your child at home. Please listen to your child read at home as much as possible. It really does make a huge difference to your child’s progress in reading.
The video clip below will help you to understand how we teach the ‘pure’ pronunciation of sounds in phonics sessions. Learning the pure sounds are key, to help with the process of blending sounds to read words.
Below is a link to help support handwriting at home. This link shows the correct formation of letters that we have been learning in school.
If you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact me on the Class 1 email address.
Class 1’s PE challenge, this term, is to see how many times they can run the length of the playground in 3 minutes.
The fitness challenge links with our topic work on keeping fit and healthy. They all really enjoyed taking part today.