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I would like to take this opportunity to say welcome back and I hope that you’ve had a fantastic summer break. I can’t wait for the year ahead. We are going to have so much fun. There are many new areas to play in and lots of exploring to do. We are going to be working hard to look after our areas in Class 1 and will be working as a team to do this.

Your teachers are going to create an environment which inspires a culture of curiosity, awe and wonder. We can’t wait to hear what you’d like to learn about and plan activities to focus on this. We are always here to help, so parents/carers please just contact the office if you ever need to talk. We can’t wait to watch the children grow and look forward to seeing them flourish. Children are encouraged to have confidence and to know that they can do anything when they put their mind to it. We encourage our children to `have a go’ and make mistakes along the way and to know that it’s through our mistakes that we learn the most. Resilience will help the children to develop into confident individuals.

This half term our topic will be do you want to be friends? Friends are the family you choose! Do you want to be friends? Would you like to play with me? It’s time to find out more about friendship; being kind and working together. This half term, we will learn about the adults who work at our school. In the classroom, we’ll upload and print out photos to compile a ‘Who’s who?’ display of school staff. Working together, we’ll create friendship scenarios using Jelly Babies at the ‘Jelly Babies playground’, and we’ll create a ‘Class jobs board’, allocating responsibilities amongst ourselves. We’ll talk about friendship, being kind and helpful, loneliness, enemies, and the things we like. What is our most cherished possession?

In our literacy lessons we’ll discover new words to describe ourselves, and write sentences to compare and contrast each other. In our mathematics lessons, we’ll share objects out fairly, and compare hand and foot sizes with our friends. Getting creative, we’ll use a gathering drum to tap out rhythms together, and paint our palms to make beautiful patterns to cut out and hang on a class friendship tree. At the end of the project, we’ll write a thank you letter to someone who helps us at home. We’ll also make and bake salt dough hearts for a loved one. Things you can do at home… Friends are fabulous! Why not create a ‘friends and family tree’ together out of photos? Use different colored lines to draw links that represent family, friends or acquaintances. You could also create a ‘treasure chest’ out of the things that make you ‘you’. Which possessions couldn’t you cope without? Alternatively have a virtual chat with one of your friends to discuss memories of happy experiences you have shared. Please send any pictures/videos of work you complete via Tapestry. Reach for the stars, Spread your wings and fly. You never know what you can do until you try.

Thank you for your continued support. Miss Laven & The Class 1 Team

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