Welcome to Scarlet Class!
Scarlet Class is a Year 1 class of 30 pupils taught by Ms Proctor Monday to Wednesday and Ms Bowler Thursday and Friday. We have a fantastic teaching assistant called Payal who helps to support the learning in Scarlet Class throughout the week.
Our new topic for this term is ‘A Local Area Study’, with a focus on geographical knowledge and skills. Our key question is: ‘What do we know about where we live?’
In this unit we will develop our fieldwork skills and locational awareness when exploring the school grounds and the local area surrounding it. We will learn about the human and physical features in our locality, and how we can use them when following directions and navigating. We will learn the difference between a shop and a service and develop our reasoning skills when expressing likes and dislikes in our environment. As well as this, we will learn about using and drawing maps with simple keys.
During English we will study, We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, by Michael Rosen. Children will have fun joining in with the predictable, patterned language, and will have the opportunity to be creative when retelling it themselves. We will also be taking the opportunity to reinforce our geographical knowledge and skills through this story.
As well as this, we will also learn about the history of our school, and how it has changed within living memory. We will be learning about the founder of the school, Samuel Morley, who is a significant person from history in our own locality, and study his life and achievements.
In Art, we are going to be studying different landscape pictures by the artists Monet and Van Gogh. We will look at similarities and differences in their painting style and have a go ourselves!
Scarlet 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 Scarlet 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 Wednesday (indoor) and Thursday (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 Scarlet Class called Bernard and Barnaby Bear. They have been to many different countries and places around the world, and are always looking for a new adventure. Bernard 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 Thursday, please bring them back into school to be shared with the class on Wednesday.
In Scarlet Class we also have a Maths Monkey called Mo. He takes turns to go home with different children for the weekend and while he 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. Mo goes home on Thursday, please bring him back into school to be shared with the class on Monday.
In Scarlet 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 Tuesdays, Scarlet 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 Tuesday 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 Scarlet class and are ready to learn and try our best!