Welcome to Crimson Class!
Our new topic for this term is ‘Who was Mary Anning?’ where we will learn about the famous fossil hunter and consider the questions, ‘How would my life be different if I lived 200 years ago?’ and ‘What is a fossil?’ This topic has a strong history and science focus.
The history emphasis will involve the children in learning about dinosaurs and placing their existence on a time line, identifying other periods of time from long ago, such as the Stone Age.
They will then investigate what a fossil is and how much we can learn from them about the past. The children will have opportunities to see fossils at first hand and find out how Mary Anning’s discoveries have contributed to our understanding of the world.
In Science, the focus will be on materials. The children will be identifying the most common materials seen in their daily lives and setting up experiments to find out about and test their properties. They will learn to use scientific vocabulary to describe and compare the materials, such as ‘translucent’ and ‘opaque’.
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 Friday (outdoor) and Thursday (indoor); 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 on Thursday. Please bring them back into school by Wednesday at the latest.
In Crimson class, we try hard to be good friends and help each other learn. On the first day, 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 Tuesdays, 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 at any time throughout the week by putting it in the book drop box in the library. These library books 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!