Class 1 weekly news – Happy half term!

This week has been a very exciting end to the half term! The week started with a very exciting visit from the RAF in a helicopter, we visited the church, the children had a lovely teddy bear’s picnic and finally they had an amazing time at today’s jubilee fun and games.


This week our story focus has been We’re going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

We're Going on a Bear Hunt: 1 (CBH Children / Picture Books) : Rosen, Michael, Oxenbury, Helen: Books

The children role played the story using the correct language to retell the story.


The children will have a new library book share at home and some children also have a RWI reading book too. We have also sent a booklet of words for the children to practise their sounding out and blending. Please work through these at your own pace throughout the whole term. You will notice underneath each sound is a dot or a dash. A dot is for a single letter sound (phoneme) and a dash is for a sound with 2 sounds together (diagraph). Please encourage your child to point to the dot or dash as they are using their fred talk to say the sounds and blend the word together to read it.

Ditty Sheets

There will be no ditty sheet this week – enjoy sharing the library book and books from home. Talk about the pictures, characters and what is happening in the story. 

Ditty sheet 26 will be sent home on the Monday back to introduce the children to reading short words/ sentences. These are used to support our daily phonics teaching. Please encourage your child to recognise the letters and blend sounds together in short words (with the help of an adult if needed). These are also great to introduce them to ‘red words’ and allow them to start their reading journey. Please encourage your children to join in with these as much as possible to help with their blending skills in the coming weeks.

Reading Records

Your child had their own personal reading record. Please use this to keep track of your child’s reading at home. This can include reading from the ditty sheet, reading words using set 1 sounds or when you share a story with your child (it can be a book from school or home). Please aim to read with your child at least 3 times a week and record this with the date and a comment in your child’s reading record. Please send this reading record in every day. 


This week we have been learning about shapes and patterns.


Class 1 have continued to study our caterpillars and we were delighted to see that they have settled in well in their nets.


This week we have been lucky enough to have a tadpole visit out classroom! The children loved to see what it was like up close.

Woodland watercolours


Forest school – there will be no forest school on Tuesday 7th June.

Enjoy the half term break!

Mrs Owen, Miss Parker, Mrs Wootton, Mrs Stevens & Mrs Hearn.