Welcome to Pine Class. We currently have eleven Reception age children and seven Year one children. We call ourselves 'The Squirrels' and 'The Badgers'.
My name is Miss Lock and I am the Class Teacher. Other adults who work in Pine Class are Julie Rixon and Nicky Packer who are both Teaching Assistants.
Now that Christmas is over we are all getting back to our normal school routines. We are enjoying meeting up with our friends again and learning together. Our topic for this term is ‘A pocketful of rhymes’. So far we have been discussing the nursery rhymes that we are familiar with and have been enjoying sharing the book Dear Mother Goose. In this book nursery rhyme characters have a problem and Mother Goose solves them, for example Humpty Dumpty keeps on falling off his wall so Mother Goose advises him to sit on an egg cup instead! The Year 1 children have loved thinking of problems and solutions for their chosen nursery rhyme characters. We have already enjoyed a morning trip to GLive in Guildford where we watched the Southern Pro Musica. We were amazed and entertained with the wide variety of styles, instruments and characterful pieces that we heard. The concert concluded with the children singing a song composed especially for them accompanied by the orchestra.
Inspired by the story Mother Goose the Squirrels have been writing and sending letters in our role play area which is a post office. We are looking forward to a visit from a real life postman to tell us about his job. Last term the squirrels began their phonic sessions and this term they will continue to do this so that they become even more confident at reading and writing independently. Our maths this term will be very practical focussing on counting and comparing numbers, estimating, addition and subtraction and shapes and measures. The Badgers will continue to focus on place value, time, addition and subtraction. Year 1 children will also be challenged with their science skills at the end of January with a visit to the Glebelands Science Challenge morning.
Later on in the term we look forward to warmer weather and the changes that come along with Spring. We have Book Day to look forward to and Sports Relief and not forgetting our traditional Easter egg Hunt and egg rolling activities.