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Class 3 (Year 1)

We are the Class Three Team!


The Class Three team has 32 members; 30 explorers, 1 teaching assistant, Mrs O’Hare, and 1 class teacher, myself, Mrs Anderton.


Hello, and welcome to our class page.

             This is where we will be keeping you updated with all the fun things we get up to at school.

In Class Three we love to be explorers and investigate the world around us and this term our learning is based around the theme: Into the Woods. We started our learning journey with Julia Donaldson’s story titled ‘The Gruffalo’. We LOVE this story! We began by looking closely at the characters. We have been thinking of words to describe the characters by their appearance and by what they said and did. We wanted to find out which character was the most popular in our team so we decided to make our own pictograms to represent number and find out! We will be learning lots of different mathematical skills to solve problems and find answers throughout the year.

During this term we are exploring the woodland story setting further using familiar and new stories, including the local legend Robin Hood. We will become authors and write sentences to describe our own woodland story setting. We are going to be geographers and explore our local environment, including Gedling woods. We are also developing our scientific skills by researching local animals and plants. Throughout the term we’ll become artists, looking closely at the flower and leaf patterns by the artist William Morris. It will be fascinating to find out about him and the techniques he used.


We would love to share our learning with you and so we’ll be uploading photos of our learning journey as we go along. 

Autumn term newsletter 2015

We enjoyed Learning about the Gunpowder Plot and Bonfire night.

We had a visit from our local vicar who taught us all about the Hindu celebration Diwali.

We really enjoyed the Diwali story titled Rama and the Demon King.

We made Diva lamps using clay.

We used our knowledge of 2D shapes to make a Rangoli pattern using coloured powder.

We have loved learning through the theme 'Into the Woods'.

We found a lost bag outside of school. We investigated who it could belong to. Using our dectective skills we realised it must belong to Robin Hood!

We retold the story of Robin Hood.

We received a letter from the Sheriff of Nottingham!

He made us work hard to get our friend Tiny back!

We made observational sketches of the Major Oak tree and we used our knowledge of position and direction to guide Robin Hood using a map.

Robin Hood was so pleased with all our hard work and help. He rescued our friend Tiny and gave us all some chocolate coins. Yum!

Our Spring Term Learning

During the Christmas holidays we investigated how toys have changed over time by talking to the oldest members of our families. We continued to learn about toys in school too. 

We played with lots of old and traditional toys when Partake came to visit us. Mrs Richards also came to visit us and she brought some of the toys she used to play with when she was a little girl.
We loved Mrs Richards' old bear. We compared him to our bear and read lots of stories about bears. We even wrote our own stories about bears!
Then we used our sewing skills to make our own bears!

At Phoenix we have been spending the week learning how to stay safe through our Safety Week theme.

We learnt how to stay safe by the roadside; in the community thinking about stranger danger; in the kitchen and hygiene safety and fire safety. 

Celebrating Pancake Day

Learning about fire safety.

We had a brilliant time celebrating World Book Day!

We swapped books with children from across the school and read stories together.

Helen from the Sprouts drama company came in to help us retell the story of Traction Man!

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We investigated story settings.

Then we made our own story settings!!

Then for a fabulous finish to our fun-filled day, some of our lovely grown-ups came to share stories with us.

We went to Mrs Cassidy's garden to hunt for insects and wildlife linked to Julia Donaldson's story 'Superworm!"

We learned about the Christian Easter story and why eggs, chicks and crosses are symbols of Easter. 

We made Easter baskets for our chocolate nests and we made Easter cards for our families.

We have been learning through the story Handa's Surprise. We looked where the story was set. We have been investigating differences between our country and Africa. To help us with this we went to visit Gedling Woods.

We wondered why the goat had been tethered. We decided to write our own stories about the goat and what happened that made his owner tie him up .

We have enjoyed acting out the story in our role-play area and we had fun in PE using our bodies to show the animlas from the story. Can you guess which animals we are showing here?

We researched the animlas from the story and wrote fact pages with the information we found.