Mrs. Scott-Thacker is our class teacher. (She is happy to be called Mrs. Scott)
Mrs. Colley, Mrs. Sutton and Mrs Ward are our fabulous teaching assistants.
Mrs Colley leads our PE on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She also helps in the classroom on Wednesdays.
Mrs Sutton helps in the classroom on Mondays and Fridays.
Mrs Ward helps in the classroom on Thursdays.
What We're Up To In Class 1
Welcome to our lovely new children! We have already started having lots of fun as we learn classroom routines, find our way around school and- most importantly- make lots of new friends.
Our main focus for the next few weeks is to build up our PSED skills. We will be deciding on some good classroom rules to help us play nicely, share and take turns, treat classroom toys and resources with respect, and use kind words and gentle hands..
We have been working hard getting ready to read and write. This involves mark making with lots of different tools, building up our gross motor and fine motor skills, learning initial sounds and using lots of story language in our play.
The staff in Class 1 understand that these first weeks can be very tiring for children. Please be aware that your child may be more upset, angry or tired than usual. They may not act like their usual selves at home. This is all perfectly normal, all children adjust to change at their own pace and we will help them as much as we can to make the transition to 'big school' as gentle as possible. If you have any worries or concerns, please come and speak to any of the Class 1 staff and we will see what we can do to help.
Help At Home
The best way to help your child succeed at school is to enjoy sharing a book with them. This can be a favourite bedtime story, a magazine from the shop or a non-fiction book based on their interests- any type of reading is great!
You might have noticed your child singing songs or doing some funny actions when telling you all about their reading and writing! That's because we follow Jolly Phonics, a fun way of learning letters.
Here are a few links to help you understand what it's all about.
All About Jolly Phonics
We have been enjoying lots of clever Maths games.
Some of these can be played on a tablet. Some need a laptop or PC.
Maths Train (we have been trying the additions up to 10 and 20)
Chinese Dragon (lots of fun sorting and ordering numbers)
Shape Patterns (having a go at continuing the patterns)
Underwater Counting (working on our careful counting)
Songs We Like!
We are a very musical class and love learning new songs.
Counting By 2s (we learnt a clever way to count large amounts!)
Counting by 10s (and even larger ones!)
3D Shapes (That I Know) (such a catchy song to help us learn some 3D shapes)
Baby Shark (for when we want a bit of silly fun!)
You Are The Best (because St John's is the BEST! I wonder if Mums, Dads, Grandparents and other family members can learn the dance?)
Please remember to always supervise children when they are using the Internet. Although we have checked these links when adding them to our Class 1 page, things can change quickly. Please let Class 1 staff know if you spot anything inappropriate whilst playing these games.
The NSPCC has some useful advice about online safety here
(All dates subject to change. Check with Mrs Scott or with the office if unsure. For the most up to date information, please look out for letters in your child's bookbag. Also ensure that the school office has your correct mobile phone number as you will receive reminder text messages for important dates.)
Friday 18th October- INSET day. End of half term.
Monday 4th November- INSET day
Tuesday 5th November- Children back in
Monday 11th November- Flu Nasal Spray given in school
Tuesday 12th November- Autumn Disco- St Helen's Church Hall
Friday 29th November- Whole School Pantomime Trip
Tuesday 17th December- School Nativity 6pm at St Helen's Church
Friday 20th December- Carols on the Playground, after school.