Welcome to Doves Class!
We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class and our teacher is Mrs. Nagy.
We also have some teaching assistants who work in our class; Mrs. McDermott (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday) and Mrs. Khanporia (Wednesday).
In our English work this half term we will be learning how to:
- write recounts.
- read words with contractions.
- write descriptions of characters.
- use the prefix - un.
- use the suffixes - ed, ing, est, and the plurals s and es.
- compare stories written by the same author.
In addition to daily English lessons, the children will also take part in daily phonics lessons and group reading activities.
We also have handwriting lessons every week where we are learning to form our letters correctly.
In order to help us become really good readers, we like to read to our grown ups at home as much as possible. We can change our reading books on a Monday, Wednesday and a Friday. Please make sure that our reading records are filled in and signed when we have read our books, so that our teachers know that they need changing. When our books are ready to be changed, we hand them in to our teachers when we come into school in the morning. It is really important that, as well as reading the words in the book, we talk about the pictures and answer questions about the story.
We love reading to ourselves and each other in our class book corner.
In our Maths lessons the Year 1 children will be learning:
- to name, describe, sort and solve problems with 2D and 3D shapes.
- add and subtract, including solving number sentences written in different ways and with missing numbers in different places.
- recall and apply our number bonds to 10 and how these number bonds relate to the number bonds to 20.
The reception children will be learning:
- to make patterns and solve problems with patterns with 2D shapes.
- to count to 20 and beyond.
- to recall our number bonds to 5, and then 10.
- about doubles and beginning to recall some double facts.
In the Doves, we will be having PE lessons every Monday and Tuesday focussing on our kicking and over-arm throwing skills. We like to make sure we have our PE kits in school and that they are fully named as we sometimes get them mixed up! Please make sure that earrings are removed on Mondays and Tuesdays in preparation for PE so that your child can take part in the lesson.
In our science lessons we will be learning all about plants. We will develop our scientific enquiry skills by suggesting ideas as to how we can find out what a plant needs to grow, observing how a bean plant grows and recording our findings. We will identify the main parts of a flower and begin to understand what each part of a flower is needed for.
In our weekly computing lessons we will learn how to make mash cams, using our own photographs to turn ourselves into astronauts! We will also learn how to make our own games on Purplemash.
Our Spring 2 theme is 'Man on the moon'. You can view our themed learning overview by following the link below, this will tell you all about the exciting things we are going to learn.
Themed learning overview
Homework will be set each week, based around the learning in class. This homework will be set in the form of activities on Seesaw. Homework will usually be set on a Friday. Please ensure that homework is completed before the following Wednesday.
Phonics is so important as it supports your child's reading and writing. We do daily phonics sessions to help your children to use their blending/ segmenting skills to read and write words correctly. Furthermore, we then encourage your children to apply this knowledge in all of their other subjects.
In June, every year 1 child will sit the 'Year 1 phonics Screening'. This purely tests your child's ability to use their phonics to read words. Some of the words will be real words but some of them will be made up - so they must be very careful to make sure they don't try to make the 'alien' words sound like a word they already know. For example if the word was 'sike', it may be very tempting to say 'spike' - however, this would be incorrect. It is very likely that your child knows or will soon know more than one way of spelling the same sound. For example 'ai' - can be spelt as 'ai', 'ay, 'a-e' or 'A' e.g 'play' 'paint' 'make' 'Amy' which can be very confusing. To try to help you to support your child with their phonics at home, below you will find some examples of real/ alien (not real) words which contain the sounds which we learn in phonics.
Please use this link to play 'buried treasure' so that your child can practise reading lots of words:
Next, click on 'free' and select the correct phase for your child. Then your child can play on the 'buried treasure' game or the 'obb and bob' game.
I have attached a powerpoint and a quick guide all about reading for you.
There is also lots of helpful information about reading and phonics on the Reception class page of the website; https://www.ribbletonavenue-inf.lancs.sch.uk/reception/
Thank you for your very generous harvest food donations. They were collected by Emmaus, a local charity, following the assembly. They were very grateful and expressed their thanks to all of the children. Enjoy the two video’s below of our Harvest Festival.
In PE this half term we have worked hard to learn an Aladdin dance.
Mr. Grinling (from The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch) sent us an email asking for our help to make him a healthy snack for his packed lunch. We had a great time making fruit kebabs. Next week we will learn how to write our own instructions ready to send them back to Mr.Grinling.