Welcome to Class 1's homepage.
We hope you enjoy looking at the website and sharing in your children's school life.
Mrs Barrett and Miss Lonergan
Water Bottles (Please fill with water only).
Your child is welcome to bring a water bottle to school each day to drink in throughout the day. It must however have a 'sports lid' that reduces the risk of spills. We encourage the children to take them home each evening, rinse them and bring them in full each day.
We are starting this half term with World Book week. There will be some very exciting activities for children and families. The texts we are using in Reception are Jack and the Beanstalk and Mixed up Fairy Tales. The children will be challenged to tell a story, read a story and write a story this week, as well as having lots of stories told to them.
Spring 2 Religion
It is a special time in our religious calendar with the start of Lent. On Ash Wednesday the children received the ashes from Father Alf in school. Our religious themes this half term are 'gathering' and 'growing' which will take us up to Easter. If your child is sent home with the Lent bag please use the prayer cards with them. We would be greatful to receive any photos you take which we can place in your child's Faith Journey book.
Spring 2 Our topic this half term is 'Change.'
We have looked at the changes in the weather and have written daily weather reports. We have also pretended to be weather reporters!
We talked about the days of the week and sung our 'Days of the week' song every day. We learned how to write the names of the days and tried sorting them as one of our challenges.
We are learning about the seasons and the changes that can be seen during each one. We hope to take a Spring walk to see all the new growth in our school grounds.
We have started to explore colour changes and how to mix primary colours to make new ones.
We read lots of Traditional and Fairy tales in World book week and we are learning how to change the stories orally and then try and write them down. We use our Talk4writing story mapping to help us remember the words to stories. We did this for the story of 'The Three little pigs'.
The class recieved twelve incubating hen's eggs on Monday 20th March and we will be observing the chicks hatch and talking about all the changes we see in the growing chicks.
We talked about what a seed needed to help it to grow. The children were asked to predict which conditions would be best for growth. Some seeds were watered, others were not. Some seeds were put in the dark, and others in the light. The class observed the changes over a couple of weeks.
Welcome to Spring 1!
Our topic this half term is Journeys. We will be looking at several stories which involve journeys such as We're going on a Bear Hunt, Whatever Next, Rosie's Walk and Handa's Hen. We will discuss journeys that the children have taken and think of different modes of transport.
In Religious Education we are investigating Celebrations in our community and church.
Religious Education Autumn 2
During RE this term we will be discussing what it means to welcome and be welcomed. We will continue to talk about our class family and our home family. During this topic we will experience a Baptism and understand that through this rite we are welcomed in to God's family.
A Baptism in Early Years Autumn 2
Today we were joined by Father Alf to celebrate the Baptism of our doll Thomas. Thomas looked beautiful in his christening robes and was presented for Baptism by Jax and Mia. His Godparents were chosen by all the children and included Ethan, Amelia, Elliott and Lily. Thomas received his shawl and candle at the end of his celebration.
This week as part of our school's literacy festival, Reception class had a visit by Mrs Peachy from the Library Service. She read two super stories which the children really enjoyed, 'Kitchen Disco' and 'Open very Carefully, A book with Bite'. This week we are looking at another Roald Dahl story, 'The Enormous Crocodile'. We have been learning to use the words 'Author' and 'Illustrator'. If you are interested in joining Heywood Library, please ask school staff for a form.
Reading and writing in Reception
This half term your child has either been consolidating Phase 2 letters and sounds or starting on Phase 3 letters and sounds. Ask staff if you want to check where your child is up to.
Letters and Sounds website shows the order in which the letters and sounds are taught. For more information and games for each phase go to:
If you would like to help your child with their reading and writing at home I would like to refer you to some other really useful websites.
Ten Tips on hearing your child read by Top Marks at: http://www.topmarks.co.uk/parents/ten-tips-on-hearing-your-child-read
Oxford Owl is a site with lots of useful hints and tips about reading and writing and access to suitable free e- books for your child. Find them at https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/reading-owl/reading
Phonics play web site also has free information and interactive games that make phonics fun for your child. http://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm
More fun games can be found on the ict games website: http://www.ictgames.com/resources.html
If you have free time you could apply to join St Joseph’s Reading Army. They do an amazing job listening to children read in school. We would welcome your support.
Autumn 2 Christmas Craft
On Friday December 2nd we held two Christmas Craft sessions in school. A big thank you to all of you who supported us and made the sessions so successful and enjoyable for our children.
Roald Dahl Centenary Autumn 1
This half term in RE we are exploring the importance of our names; Christian names, family names, class name and school name and how we are all part of God's family. We will join in fun activities to help learn the names of the teachers and our classmates. Children will select their name card each day and attempt to write it. They will start to learn our class prayers and learn what it means to 'Walk in the steps of Jesus', being kind to each other with our words and deeds.
SHOW TIME! Autumn 1
On Wednesday the 12th October, we were lucky enough to have Mavis Sparkle from the M6 Theatre Company perform a show in school. The children really enjoyed it and hopefully will have told you all about it. Every child who attended will have brought home a star at the end of the day - a gift from Mavis!
Thank you to all the parents who came to take part in our maths challenge activities on Monday 17th October. We had two, fun packed sessions, which took place in our indoor and outdoor classrooms. The children and adults completed tasks such as skittles, hoopla, pattern printing, bike racing, height measuring, hopscotch and delivering letter to the correct house. All these activities highlighted that maths is fun!!
This week (beginning 17th October 2016) is our school's Multi-Faith week.
In Reception we will be learning all about Islam. At the end of the week we will share what we have learned with another class.