Welcome to Crimson Class!
Crimson Class is a Year 1 class of 30 pupils taught by Ms Smith Monday to Friday and Ms Proctor on Thursday. We have a fantastic teaching assistant called Claire who helps to support the learning in Crimson Class throughout the week.
Our new topic for this term is ‘Toys from the Past’, with a strong focus on historical inquiry and chronology and the skills of design and technology. Our key question is: ‘Which was the first toy?
In this unit, the children will learn about how toys have changed throughout and beyond living memory. Children will have the opportunity, through drama, to discover and explore an old toy box containing toys from Morley past, providing us with a hands-on experience of investigating toys.
Children will begin to explore chronology in their own lives by recalling and ordering toys they have been given at different stages of their life. They will be history detectives interviewing an older relative to find out more about past toys in living memory and compare these to toys today. Children will also learn about when the first teddies were made and why they are called ‘Teddy’ Bears.
The children will have the opportunity to explore the design process, planning, drawing and eventually creating our own hand puppets out of felt material. We will learn the processes needed to build puppets, such as joining by sewing/gluing, shaping and finishing our products too.
Also within this topic, we will continue to develop a wide range of art and design techniques with regards to our own artwork. We will look at collage, texture and painting to create images of toys.
During English we will study, Traction Man stories, written by Mini Grey. Children will explore characters’ thoughts and feelings, and will have the opportunity to use role play when retelling the stories. We will then become authors and create our own endings for a story.
As well as this, we will be investigating how to gain information from non-fiction books to enable us to make our own books and we will be learning how to write instructions explaining how to make a simple toy.
Our role play is a toy shop where we will be learning how to count out amounts of money. Why not set up a toy shop at home and practise using money at home too. Using just 1p, 2p, 5p and 10p coins helps to support children learning these times tables?
Crimson class is a wonderful, colourful, happy classroom for us to learn in. We have a comfy reading area, a role play, and a large carpet space with an accessible interactive white board. We also get the opportunity to work in our outside space. We work in several different groups throughout the week and have a new talk partner regularly so that everybody gets the opportunity to work with a variety of classmates.
In Crimson class as we love reading and we try to read as much as possible. We encourage parents to read regularly with their children and to record this in their reading record book. Each child has a banded book and this can be changed as often as necessary before or after school, the books are kept on the window sill in the classroom, but just one book at a time please. We expect children to bring their book bags to school every day as they are also good for transporting letters home.
Our PE days are Thursday (indoor) and Tuesday (outdoor); however we like PE kits to remain in school throughout the half term so we can take advantage of opportunities on other days.
We also have 2 twin well-travelled friends in Crimson Class called Bella and Barnaby Bear. They have been to many different countries and places around the world, and are always looking for a new adventure. Bella and Barnaby both take turns to go home with different children for the weekend and while they stay with them, the children complete diaries to then share with the rest of the class. Bears go home on Monday, please bring them back into school to be shared with the class on Monday.
In Crimson Class we also have a Maths Mole called Martha. She take turns to go home with different children for the weekend and while she stays with them, the children do some maths of their choice, record it in a book, then share it with the rest of the class. Martha goes home on Thursday, please bring her back into school to be shared with the class on Monday.
In Crimson class, we try hard to be good friends and help each other learn. On the first day of term, we created our class rules these are displayed and remind us how to behave in our classroom so that everyone can be happy, safe and learn!
On Thursday, Crimson class gets time to explore and enjoy the school library and its numerous books. In this session children can choose 1 book to borrow from the library and this book can be returned the following Thursday or can be kept for a fortnight. Library books can be distinguished from other books as they have a small barcode on the inside of the front cover.
We are really excited to be in Crimson class and are ready to learn and try our best!