Welcome to Coastal Class (Rec/Yr 1
Hello and Welcome to
Durdle Door - Jurassic Coastline Dorset
A little information about our team:
Mrs Sims is our class teacher (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) along with Miss Newman (Thursday, Friday). We have our two Teaching Assistants - Mrs Cooper and Mrs Cross who help us in our learning and investigating. We are always available to speak with you about any questions or queries you or your child may have - just contact the school by telephone or email or catch us on the school gate at the start or end of the day.
Each year the children choose the name of their class to give them ownership over what they are doing. This relates to a whole school theme. Coastal Class is our class name this year.
On Wednesday afternoons the children will work on a rotation of 2 activities during the teachers' PPA time. Please could the children wear their PE kit into school on this day for
P.E and Trailblazers
Our Topic - STEM
What makes a house a home?
Belonging: Does everything belong somewhere? We are thinking about what makes a house a home and developing a sense of community, in many different ways. The children will be exploring the texts, Beegu, Stanley's Stick and the Lonely Beast which address the themes of belonging, community and friendship. The children will be given opportunities to make inferences and predictions, take part in discussions and develop their writing skills. In Maths, the children will be exploring number up to and beyond 20, as well as developing their knowledge of addition and subtraction facts, shape, measure and direction.
Our STEM learning will lead the children to build their own houses out of various materials. In preparation for this, the children will be conducting various experiments investigating everyday materials and their properties, thinking about the design and functionality of freestanding structures, as well as exploring what it means to belong. They will also develop their coding skills and observational drawing techniques.
What makes a house a home?...our learning so far!
How can you help ?
Everyday Reading at Home
Reading to your child each night is very important and such a wonderful way to connect about their day in school. It is such a priceless time for them to really embed their learning and encourages that natural love for reading. Please take a look at our Reading Rockets video above for further information.
Everyday Maths at Home
Maths can be threaded through resources and discussion around the home or out at the shops. We see maths problems in everyday life and by using some of your time at home it can be a wonderful way to build a child's confidence and independence in maths at school - Simply by counting your steps down the stairs or asking how many coins are in the jar ?
Everyday Questioning at Home
Asking questions stimulates thoughts and feelings. It makes us discuss and question so much around us and builds not only confidence but the ability for children to think 'outside the box'. Questioning children builds their imagination, independence and unique personalities to great heights. It brings such joy to each day and definitely worth the time.