Welcome to Doves Class!
We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class and our teacher is
We also have some teaching assistants who work in our class; Mrs. McDermott (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday), Mrs. Bolton (Wednesday) and
Mrs. Tagari (every day).
Chinese New Year
We had a lovely day celebrating Chinese New Year in Doves class. We learnt about China and the Chinese New Year celebrations, watched video's of dragon and lion dances, made our own dragons and lanterns and even tried some Chinese style noodles!
We made our own hats for our School Christmas dinner and would like to say a big Thank-you to Mrs Hotpot and the kitchen staff for our lovely food.
Our Maths work will focus on division, place value, money and counting mutliples of the same coins and measures using mass and weight.
This half term our English work
This half term our English workwill focus on the prefix 'un' and the suffixes 'er', 'est', 's' and 'es'. We will also have Book Week where we will focus on text called 'Little Lost Fox'. Then we will learn about recounts and write our own recounts.
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.
More recently we have been bringing home our pirate spelling books where we have some new words each week to practice spelling.
In order to help us become really good readers, we like to read to our grown ups at home as much as possible. Please make sure that our reading records are filled in and signed at least 3 times a week. On a Monday, Wednesday and Friday we can change our reading books but before we do so we must make sure that we have read and understood it and that our grown up has signed and dated our diary.
We love reading to ourselves and each other in our class book corner.
In the Doves, we will be having PE lessons every Thursday and Friday focussing on dance with our coach from PNE in one lesson and rolling a ball in the other lesson. 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 Thursdays and Fridays in preparation for PE so that your child can take part in the lesson.
Our science topic will be Animals this half term. We will learn to name a range of different animals and their body parts. We will work on our scientific enquiry skill of sorting and classifying animals into carnivores, herbivores and omnivores as well as the different animal groups of mammals, birds, fish, amphibians and reptiles.
Our theme for the second half of the Spring term is The Park!
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.
Our homework will be linked to our theme and you can choose, from the homework sheet, which piece of homework you would like to complete each week.
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.
Next 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.