Mrs. Ward and Mrs. Scott-Thacker are our class teachers.
Mrs. Scott-Thacker works on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (AM).
Mrs. Ward works on Wednesday (PM), Thursday and Friday.
Mrs. Sutton and Mr. Sutton are our fabulous teaching assistants.
Expressive arts and design
We will be spending the last 3 weeks before half term having lots of fun thinking about art , music and film. We will be looking at different artists, composers and film genres from cave painting to Tracey Emin, Charlie Chaplin to Disney and African drumming to the Beetles! If you have any art, any musical instruments or special music that you would like to share, please feel free to bring it in!
What a busy half term!
Class 1 were so excited to come back to school and see all of their friends. We soon got busy playing with everything in the classroom and with each other!
We started to think about Easter and the reason why we celebrate it. We read the Easter story and enjoyed thinking about new life when we got some eggs to look after! We all held our breath as we watched the chicks slowly hatch out of the eggs. We were even brave enough to hold them a few times too! We had a go at drawing our own chicks, writing about them, making warning signs for the incubator and making them out of loo rolls too! We also made our own papier mache balloon eggs which magically hatched some chocolate! We painted eggs and even tried to make symmetrical eggs. We finished off by having an Easter egg hunt in the back garden and listening to Reverend Simon and Jamie's Easter service on the playground with the rest of the school; it was a little chilly but we made up for it by joining in with the actions to Reverend Simon's song!
Here is Mrs Scott and Mrs Ward's virtual library! You can click on any title you choose and listen to the book being read to you. There are lots of favourites in there so sit back and enjoy the story!
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 use some Jolly Phonics songs, a fun way of learning letters.
Here are a few links to help you understand what it's all about.
All About Jolly Phonics
Phonics play is offering free access during January, lots of great games to play
Teach Your Monster to Read is free to download on computers
Dinosaurs Eggs choose a sound to practice and have a go at finding the right egg
Phonics play comics has some decodable comics to read for something a bit different. Look at phase 2 or 3
Stapleford Library is offering a 'click and collect' service on books during lockdown. Click here for the form and to get more information. Thanks to Lydia's mum for letting us know!
Fun Maths Games
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)
Other Fun Websites
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?)
Joe Wicks The Body Coach, does an 8-minute workout aimed at children – it might burn some energy off!
Cosmic Kids Lots of different stretching, yoga and mindfulness adventures here.
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
Thursday 1st April Break up for the Easter holidays
Monday 19th April Back to school
Monday 3rd May Bank holiday, no school
Thursday 27th May Break up for half term
Friday 28th May INSET day
Monday 7th June Back to school
Wednesday 28th July Last day of term