Welcome to Scarlet Class!
Scarlet Class is a Year 1 class of 30 pupils taught by Ms Proctor Monday to Wednesday and Ms Yarnell Thursday and Friday. We have a fantastic teaching assistant called Harleh who helps to support the learning in Scarlet Class throughout the week.
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’.
Our role play is a dinosaur museum, where the children will be able to pretend to be a museum curator, visitor or an expert in the field of dinosaurs.
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 (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 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 on Thursday. Please bring them back into school by Wednesday at the latest.
In Scarlet 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 Mondays, 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 at any time throughout the week to the class teacher or TA. These library books 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!