Class 1 at Sunnybrow Primary School
Welcome to Sunnybrow Primary School’s Early Years Unit!
We are a small Early Years provision, made up of Nursery and Reception children. Our class teachers are Mrs Sim and Miss Wilde and we are supported by Mrs Austin and Mrs Black.
In Nursery and Reception, we have fun exploring, investigating and learning new skills through a variety of play-based activities. Our broad and balanced curriculum provides opportunities for first hand experiences which enthuse, excite and inspire all children in all areas of learning. While we do follow topics, activities are carefully planned in response to the children’s own interests as we believe that this is the most effective way to stimulate and support children’s own natural curiosity whilst developing key skills and knowledge. Our outdoor space is open daily as free-flow learning, with a different set of experiences provided to the indoor classroom to ensure that we are developing the whole-child, evoking the senses and appealing to all learning styles through the natural environment.
For a more detailed account of our EYFS curriculum and teaching and learning approaches, please read the Early Years Intent, Implementation and Impact document below.
Staff share observations of your child’s learning and experiences through our super online assessment tool, Tapestry. As soon as your child starts school, we will create an account for them and you can download the app on your phone or other device to view what they are getting up to at school. It is always really great to read contributions from home and the children love sharing photographs from home with their friends. Thanks to all of our parents who already upload photos or comments to Tapestry. If you would like staff to chat with you about how to upload to Tapestry, please feel free to ask at any time. Also, please shout up if you have mislaid your password – they are very easily reset!
Learning in the Early Years Unit takes place both indoors and outside. We run Forest School sessions once a week on a Monday too. Whilst we have lots of spare clothes it is helpful if your child comes to school appropriately dressed for the weather – raincoats, wellies, sunhats and sun cream might all be necessary throughout the year.
Reception Class have P.E. with our P.E. specialist on a Monday and with Mrs Sim and Mr Hull on a Friday. Nursery children begin to join in these sessions in the Summer term before they start Reception. School provide a P.E. kit for all children, all you need to provide are trainers or plimsolls. These may stay in school but please put your child’s name in them.
Reading is at the very heart of everything we do in the Early Years Unit. Staff in the Early Years Unit all share a passion for children’s literature and pride themselves on their ability to bring a book to life! Every child in Nursery and Reception shares a range of high quality picture books through several planned story sessions each day. Our staff are also always available to share books with individual children-we never say no to a story! Children are also introduced to a wide variety of Nursery rhymes, poems and songs. Please support your child by continuing to share books with them – nothing beats a bedtime story!
Children in Nursery are working to develop their phonological awareness and oral blending and segmenting skills. If appropriate, the children will start to become familiar with some grapheme-phoneme correspondences through a playful and multisensory approach using songs, actions and stories whilst they continue to learn to sequence, blend and segment sounds orally.
Children in Reception continue to develop their phonological understanding through daily discrete Phonics sessions. At Sunnybrow Primary we use the DfE Letters and Sounds document to plan comprehensive daily phonics sessions. The children all read at least twice a week with a member of school staff. We ask children to read their home reading books at least twice to help build up their fluency and blending skills.
Although Nursery children don’t have formal reading books, reading is also central to the Nursery day.
Activities, Visits and Trips 2019-20
For World Book Day we shared lots of our favourite stories while we drank hot chocolate and ate delicious biscuits. Then, we made story character spoons. They will be staying in our book corner for us to play with.
You might have seen us walking around the village looking at all the different types of houses. When we got back, we made a map of our journey and the houses we passed.
Ask us about the different types of homes we found…bungalow, semi-detached, detached and terraced and see if you can spot them on your way home!
PANCAKE DAY! What a fantastic day we’ve had. We read the story Mr Wolf’s Pancakes to find out the ingredients we needed to make pancakes and wrote lists. Then we made the pancakes with the help of Mrs Austin and everyone ate every last morsel! They were delicious!
We have had a lovely morning at the farm. We observed how the farmer looks after the animals in the winter. The children had so much fun and were so well behaved!
Our new topic this half-term is Winter. We came in to the classroom to find bear prints and the book ‘The Winter Bear’. We decided to go on a hunt for a winter bear and spotted lots of winter signs on our way.
Wow, Reception are working really hard at learning all of their letter sounds. We are so close to being able to read blend the sounds together to read the words, but we need your help. Please could you try and read with your child at least 3 times a week. Even if you just get a chance to do their word box and focus on blending the words for now-that would be great! Practising at home really does make all the difference.
If you are unsure of how you can support your child’s reading, please do get in touch and we can give you some guidance as I know phonics maybe a completely new area for some parents.
What a fun Christmas party we had today! Thank you to everyone for your kind food donations. We played lots of party games, danced with our friends and Santa even came to visit and give us all a gift!
We have been working really hard this half-term to learn to read and write using our new phonic knowledge. Writing in ‘snow’ was lots of fun. Mrs Sim was so impressed with our ability to segment the sounds in words (sound them out) to help us spell and our excellent letter formation!
We are going to award a dojo every morning for the children who read their school reading book the night before. This means each child could earn 5 extra dojos each week! We are seeing real progress when the children are reading regularly at home every night.
5th November 2019
I currently have 3 parents booked in for parent’s evening. We are doing parent’s evening over two night, so please let me know if you are yet to book and would like one. Thanks
3rd November 2019
Welcome back to school. We hope you’ve all had a great holiday. This term our new topic is Celebration time! We will be exploring different celebrations each week and we would love to find out some of the ways you celebrate too. Over the holidays, if your children have dressed up for Halloween, gone trick-or-treating or to a Bonfire/Firework display, we would love to share the photos in class. Please upload photos on Tapestry. It is so easy to do, you just click on the + sign at the top of the screen once up have logged on and you can add photos and notes. If you need any help in doing this, just ask.
There are still appointment times left for Parents evening on Tuesday or Wednesday night if you would still like one.
25th October 2019
Happy half-term! What a super half-term we have all had. The children have worked so hard and made excellent progress. One of the children in class kindly brought in some sweets to share with her friends. They are coming home tonight in school bags-some of them are lolly pops, just to make you aware.
Have lots of fun next week!
23rd October 2019
Tonight you will notice that your child has a sound card key ring and some words cards in their bags, as well as their reading book. We have now learnt the first three sounds-s, a and t. Please show the children these sounds when you are reading to get them familiar with them.
We refer to the word cards as word boxes. The idea is that children sound out each word and then try and blend the sounds together to read the word. For example, the word ‘sat’. You child might go ssss…aaaa….ttt when they first see the word, which is fine. Then, ask them to just say each sound once using the sound for each letter…s..a..t. You might need to say the word back to the child to help them hear that the word says ‘sat’. You might need to repeat this a number of times initially until the children get the hang of this. Please do your child’s word box as well as their reading book at least 3 times a week. I have included some words with ‘p’ in-we are learning this sound the first week back after half-term. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
22nd October 2019
Dear parents and carers,
On Tuesday 4th and Wednesday 5th November, we have parents evening. Appointments start at 3.15 on Tuesday and I have availability from 3.30 on Wednesday as I already have a parent booked in. Please either see me or message on here to book an appointment.
What a fabulous week we have had in Class 1! We read the story ‘Not a box’ and made our own ‘not-a-boxes’. Our models were fantastic! We all presented them to the rest of the class and were so confident at talking in front of an audience.
Next week we are holding our class 1 parent event. It will be on Tuesday afternoon at 2.30pm. We will be doing something crafty and also talking about some of our approaches to learning to read (as we will be starting to learn our letter sounds next week). We’d love your to join us and look forward to seeing you then.
Today we teamed up with class 2 and made soup for the Harvest Festival. We used lots of vegetables including: carrots, potatoes, onions and leeks. We carefully peeled and chopped the vegetables all by ourselves. Tomorrow, we will get to taste the soup.
What a week we have had! The rain hasn’t stopped our fun. Instead we’ve been jumping in puddles and sweeping them away! Now that we are getting fully changed for P.E. we’ve noticed that some of the children are struggling to get themselves dressed. Please could you practise this at home. It would be really beneficial! Thanks and have a great weekend!
Tonight, your child will be bringing home their first reading book. It has no words-the aim is to encourage your child to retell the story using the pictures and answer questions about the pictures. There is guidance in the front and back covers of the books. Please share the book with your child a write a short comment or just sign and date their reading record book.
We are having so much fun with our ‘In the deep, dark woods’ topic! Last week, we made apple and blackberry crumble which was lots of fun! Today, we went looking for animal footprints. We then used an identification chart to help us identity woodland animals.
Yesterday, we found a trail of footprints, nuts and acorns in our classroom. We followed the trail up to the woodland on our school field and hunted for clues to help us decide which animal might have been in our classroom! We had a great discussion about different types of woodland animals and made some super clay models of the animals in the afternoon.
This week, we started to do Dough Disco. This is a fun way of strengthening children’s hands and fingers ready for writing. If you have dough at home, you can search for some of the dough disco dances on you tube and do them at home too!
Dear parents and carers,
Wow! What a superb first week we have had in Class 1. The children have all settled in beautifully and are enjoying spending time in their new class. Currently, we are finding out what the children already know, so we can make sure that we pitch work correctly. We do this through observation and small activities and we are so pleased with how the children are responding to all the lovely resources in our classroom.
Please check you child’s bag tonight-I have sent home permission forms for Tapestry our online learning journal. As soon as I get all these forms back, I can publish observations to those journals so you can access them at home.
Have a great weekend. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need help/advice etc.
Mrs Sim 🙂
What a fantastic social snack we have had this morning. Mr Hull set up a banquet table and we had crackers with chocolate spread, jam or cheese spread. Mrs Clarke-Boyd also bought us lots of lovely bananas and apples too! What a delicious feast! We were remembering not to put our elbows on the table and to chew with our mouths closed.
Class 1 have become parents to two gorgeous chicks! One more looks ready to hatch any day now…we have been so excited this morning.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Happy Easter! We hope you’ve had a great weekend and a fantastic half-term. We have lots of exciting things planned for the children next half-term as we start or ‘New Life’ topic and are looking forward to seeing them on Tuesday. In the meantime, we’d love to hear how you celebrated Easter. Reception parents, please post photos to Tapestry and Year 1 parents you can send them on here! Reception parents, there are lots of observations and photos on Tapestry for you to view and comment on too if you like! We love to get your feedback!
Enjoy your last day of holidays tomorrow!
Mrs Sim, Mr Irons and Mrs Austin
What a morning we have had today! First, we had a visit from Matthew from the charity ‘If u care share.’ We did lots of activities based around sharing our feelings. It was so much fun and we have a goody bag each to bring home! Matthew’s message was that it’s is ok to feel happy, sad, angry, excited and there are lots of ways to help us cope with these feelings.
Then, after playtime we discovered the Easter bunny had been! He had left us 206 eggs and we found them all then shared them out between us all! What a super way to start the Easter holidays
This morning, we had an email from MomaZub from the planet Flub giving us her recipe for moon rock cakes. We followed her picture recipe to make them and they tasted delicious. We are going to write our own recipe to bring home if you would like to make them too!
Every Friday w are going to be having ‘social snack’ time in class. We want to develop our table manners and cutlery skills. Today was a trial run but we talked about keeping elbows off the table, saying please and thank you and chewing with our mouths closed. Next week, we are going to have monitors who will set the table, get the milk and clean up after. The conversation around the table was fantastic and we were so polite. Everyone managed to use a butter knife to spread a topping on their crackers too!
What a fantastic world book day we have had! First, we created a new adventure for the story character Space Ant and over the next two weeks we are going to become authors and write out own stories. Then, we went for a visit to our local library and had a look at the books you can borrow if you have a library card. In the afternoon, we looked at the Elmer stories and had our first turn at comprehension. We were excellent at listening to the story and answering questions. At the end of the day, we made collages of Elmer the elephant while we waited for our family members to come in to listen to us read.
CLASS 1 NEED YOUR HELP!! We are so keen to make models in our junk modelling area, but we are going through junk materials so quickly that Mrs Sim, Mrs Austin and Mr Irons cannot keep up! Please could you keep your boxes, yogurt pots, kitchen roll tubes, bottles and bottle lids and bring them in as often as you can?
We were very lucky today to be visited by Sheila the ferret! The class loved feeding her vitamin paste and stroking her.
Dear Parents and Carers,
Today, we have had money afternoon in school. In Class 1, we read a story about a girl called Tara who learnt how to save her pennies so she could buy treats for herself. We have all made a money box and put a penny inside to start off our saving. We’ve warned the children not to put the pennies in their mouths!
This morning we came in to find an Igloo in our classroom! It belongs to a girl called Immi! We are all so excited!!
Bertie the penguin must have known that we are practising our shapes this morning, as he challenged us do draw lots of circular snow balls. We then progressed to drawing snowmen and letter shapes o, a, g too!
After playtime, we came into our classroom to find a suitcase on the carpet and a Lost sign! Inside the suitcase was a baby penguin and a note explaining that Bertie the penguin has been on his holidays but he has lost his way and cannot remember where he lives. We have decided to help him find his way home! Stay tuned as we learn all about cold places and Emperor Penguins.
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Wow, I cannot believe we are in 2019-last year seemed to fly by! I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and managed to have some time to relax! We are all really excited to see the children again this week and hear all abut their Christmas break. We’d love to see some pictures of your celebrations-Reception children can share their photographs on Tapestry and Year 1 children send them as a message on here.
For now, I will be working Tuesday-Friday, so Mr Irons will be greeting the children back to school tomorrow and I will see you all on Tuesday. This is a really busy term, but we are kick-starting it with a fantastic topic called ‘Frozen’ (Not the movie!) where we will be learning all about life in cold places.
As always, thanks for your continuing support! Here’s to a super Spring term!
Class 2 walked into an amazing surprise when they followed Santa’s footprints into our classroom. There were enough presents under the Christmas tree for everyone!!
We have had so much fun for Christmas Day at School! We’ve done our dress rehearsal for our play, watched a movie, had hot chocolate and a cake and dressed in Christmas outfits!
Dear parents and carers,
Wow, what a busy week we have had! As we approach our Christmas break and our Nativity, we are finding it really hard to fit everything in. We’ve tried really hard to keep on top of changing reading books, but if we have accidentally missed your child out, please do let us know and we can change the book after school. We haven’t learnt any new sounds this week, but have concentrated on revising our previous sounds, so new sounds will be stuck back in books again after the holidays and Year 1 spelling tests will also recommence after the holidays.
I will be working Monday-Thursday next week, so if you do have any concerns or questions, please do feel free to catch me then.
As per the yearly planner, our class party is on Tuesday afternoon. Please could your child bring a small savoury item for our party food and your child can bring party clothes in a named bag.
Today was democracy day so Class 1 had a go at voting for what they wanted, but only they boys were allowed to vote!
We also also learnt that this is not fair, but is how things used to be in the UK. In the end we had a fair vote where everyone had a say.
Dear parents and carers,
Tomorrow, Class 1 are off on a walk around Sunnybrow. We are looking at features of our village for our Geography study of our local area. Please give us a wave if you see us!
Dear parents and carers,
As you may have noticed, some of our children are really enjoying our new approach to playtime (playing on the field) and are getting rather mucky! Please could you send in a change of clothes with your child in a named bag, just in case this happens. If your child has come home in any P.E. kit, please could you return them asap as we are getting short of kit.
From Friday, Year 1 child will be bringing home 6 spellings to learn for a test the following Friday.
What an exciting week we have in Class 1! On Monday, we were visited by Crook Fire Brigade. They taught us all about Fire Safety and we even got a turn at using the fire hose! Then, on Tuesday, we went onto the school field and found a dragon egg nestled in a tree!! We have spent the week talking about what the dragons might look like and have produced some fabulous work on adjectives in Year 1!
Reception parents and carers,
You child will be brining home Phase 1 flash cards. We will be learning these sounds this half-term. Please practise them at last 3 times a week with your child as well as reading books. You child also brought home a sound book. Please could these be returned to school each week so new sounds can be added and can you please try and practise the letters with your child too.
Parent’s evening is on Wednesday 7th November. I am available for appointments from 3.30pm-5.30pm. Each slot is 10 minutes long. Please either message me on here or catch me at home time and suggest a time and I will book you in. If this doesn’t suit, please let me know.
Dear Parents and Carers,
I hope you are all having a great half-term! I have spent a lot of time this week analysing our on-entry data for our new children and looking at our strengths and areas of learning we need to develop. I want to make our classroom really inspiring and make sure that it is well-resourced and meets the needs of our children. I have identified a number of classroom areas that I would like to develop and have started to collect some resources, but I could really use your help! I want to create a cosy classroom with a homely feel and want to use as many real-life resources as possible. Please, if you are are having a clear-out or know anyone who is, please keep us in mind.
We would love:
* a clock (doesn’t have to be working)
*Real plates, cups and cutlery
*wicker baskets (any size)
I know some of these might be a long shot but if you do have anything you think might be suitable, that would be great!
We learnt the sound for t today and went out on the yard to write it. We were superb!
Today, we decided that Reception are doing so well that it is time to learn our letter sounds. We learnt the sounds for ‘s’ and had a go at writing the letter. Soon, we will be bringing home sound books, but in the meantime please practise writing the letter s whenever you can!
Good morning everyone. We hope you are having a great weekend! Don’t forget, if your child is in Reception, you can upload photographs and videos to their learning journal on Tapestry. They don’t have to just be examples of your child reading, writing or doing maths. It could be an example of your child learning about the world around them, using a technological device, playing with friends or siblings, riding their bike, climbing a tree, eating something new for them, tying their laces, singing and dancing…We can then share the photographs in class too.
Have a great Sunday!
Mrs Sim, Mr Irons and Mrs Austin
Class 1 have a mystery to solve this week! Humpty Dumpty has fallen off the wall and even the King’s men cannot save him!! We are going to find a super hero who can!
What a quick week that’s been! Time flies when you’re having fun! This week, we learnt the Nursery Rhyme ‘5 currant buns in the Baker’s shop’ and we even had our own class shop! Class 1 are really shining in school-they are quickly picking up our school rules. There is so much learning taking place and Tapestry accounts are now filling up with observations. Please do share you own pictures from home too-Thanks to everyone who already has done this!
Have a great weekend and see you next week…where Class 1 are going to have a mystery to solve!!
Mrs Sim, Mr Irons and Mrs Austin 🙂
After half-term, we will be learning our letter sounds and how to write them. Before then, we are doing lots of pre-writing and reading activities. We have been doing Dough Disco and Squiggle while you Wiggle to learn our early writing shapes and strengthen out fingers! It is so much fun!
Archived Class 1 Information
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