The Marvellous Muntjacs 2018/19
Welcome to our Class Page!
After a long, hot summer the Muntjacs returned to school eager to continue their learning journey!
Read on to find out more about how they spend their days while they are at school.
Most mornings we have our Maths and English lessons and our Read Write Inc. groups. We use these skills creatively across the curriculum, linking them to our real lives at every opportunity and ensuring they are purposeful. In the afternoons we have our ‘theme’ activities which cover such areas of the curriculum as Music, Art, Science, Geography, History, Religious Education, PSHE, ICT and P.E. On Friday afternoons, we have the opportunity to choose an enrichment activity and work with children from across the Key Stage.
This year the adults working in our class are Mrs Morton, Mrs Johnson, Mr Martin and Mrs Landy- we have an open door policy so please feel free to pop in before or after school (or send us a message on Class Dojo) if you have any queries :)
P.E. – Monday and Friday
Spelling test and new spelling homework - Monday
Reading books changed – Monday and Friday
(and Wednesday whenever possible)
Reading is a key life skill and the early experiences children have often help to form their life long attitude toward books. In school, children develop and practise their reading skills every day; during their Read, Write Inc. group activities, across the curriculum as well as reading individually with their teacher. Alongside this, we read them texts that they may well not yet be able to access independently in order to encourage a love of stories, a thirst for knowledge and develop their skills of comprehension.
The Muntjacs will be bringing home books to enjoy, share and practise their reading skills. Please share these books with your child as regularly as you can as the support you give is invaluable. Read together little but often; linger over a page that sparks their interest (illustrations at this stage are important cues for aiding decoding), encourage them to talk about what they liked or disliked about the story or predict what might happen next or how a character might feel. Keep reading fun, stop if it isn’t! Please pop in at any time if you would like to have a chat about how you can support your child further with their reading journey.
To settle the Muntjacs in to Year 1, they began the year with a cross curricula theme based around the book ‘The Tiger Who came to Tea’ by Judith Kerr. A story set in a familiar setting!
After a playtime, the children returned to the class to find cake crumbs, half eaten sandwiches and paw prints everywhere! They investigated the evidence and decided someone had been in our room! After reading ‘The Tiger Who came to Tea’, they decided it must have been the hungry tiger. As part of the theme, the children wrote to their teddies inviting them to tea, made sandwiches, prepared vegetables and even wrote their own versions of the story. They learned all about tigers including how to draw them as well as make tigers that move! They looked at how tigers have been represented in art, studying Henri Rousseau’s painting ‘Tiger in a Tropical Storm’ and then making their own class version!
As the term progressed, we began to talk about Autumn and look for clues to see if it had begun. Our ‘Seasons’ theme will run throughout the year as we continue to observe the seasonal changes and their effect on the environment.
In Maths, we have been furthering our understanding of number and place value and developing our problem solving and reasoning skills before moving on to addition and subtraction.