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 topic for this term is ‘Amazing Animals’, where we will consider questions such as, ‘How are animals similar and different?’ and ‘Are humans animals?’ This topic has a strong science focus and we will also be learning about animals through 3D sculpture with dough, during Art.
We will be learning about the features of fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and also seeing ourselves as human animals. We will explore other ways of grouping animals in different ways such as carnivores, herbivores and omnivores.
Children will also have the opportunity to see animals up close during a visit to Shepreth Wildlife Park, where as well as exploring the park they will listen to tailored talks and experience handling animals. This year the trip will be on Monday the 9th of October, so please look out on parent mail for the letter including details for this.
Children will learn about 3D sculpture, using different techniques to explore play dough and salt dough. They will add texture using tools and make different kinds of shapes. Children will cut, roll and coil dough to make animal sculptures.
Our role play is a Zoo where children will be learning how to count out amounts of money in pounds when selling tickets and gifts. Children will also be identifying and naming animals in the zoo and grouping them in different ways. They will consider what food different animals eat, their features and needs.
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!