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Class 1

Welcome to Class 1!


Welcome to Class 1 with Mrs Slater-Jones, Miss McMullin and Mrs McPherson! 


Welcome back! We have all settled back into our class routines extremely well.

I am so excited for a fabulous year ahead in Class One and I’m sure all of the children are enthusiastic to spend another academic year challenging themselves further.

We are starting the academic year off with a thrilling vehicle that will span across this term; it is called ‘All about me’. This vehicle will enable children to gain a deeper understanding of their bodies, emotions, talents and what makes them unique! We will be covering some truly amazing and engaging books during this time including Guess How Much I Love You, Avocado Baby, Funny Bones, The colour Monster and Memory Bottles.

We are very keen to promote a love for reading and books at St Johns and therefore require parents and carers to leave a weekly comment in your child’s reading diary. By doing this we can work together to help support your child’s reading and comprehension skills develop.

As a reminder to parents and carers Class homework will be given out on a Friday afternoon and is required to be returned back to school by the following Wednesday. This then allows for the necessary time for marking.

In Class One our P.E lessons are on a Monday and a Wednesday. It is important that your child has the correct PE kit in school and can therefore partake in all of the exercise and fun.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

We welcome any feedback or ideas from parents / carers to add to our overview. 


Note to Parents: If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office and we will contact you either by 'phone or Google Meet.



Please click the link below to view our curriculum overview for this half-term.


Our Weekly Routine Reminders:
Our PE Days are: 

  • Monday and Wednesday. Please ensure that your child's PE kit is in school and ensure that any earrings are removed prior to the lessons.
  • Please try and read with your child as much as possible in short bursts (e.g. 5 minutes per day) and sign your child's reading diaries to let us know how they are getting on, then we will be able to change their books. We try to read with the children every day in school. 

Useful links and documents - Click on the links below to look at the EYFS curriculum and the Phonics Letters and Sounds Program that we follow at St. John's.

Development Matters EYFS Documents
Letters and Sounds Website 


Curriculum Vehicle - In the Night Sky

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Our learning this term has been focused on our Curriculum Vehicle “In the night sky”.
Our end product for our vehicle was to create our own planetarium and have a picnic under the stars. Here is an overview of the exciting learning opportunities that out nursery and reception children have engaged with during Autumn term.

The Planets in our Solar System

Class 1 have been learning about the different planets in our solar system. The children have looked at a model of the solar system to see how the different planets move around the sun. The children have learnt that the sun’s gravity helps the planets stay in place and stops them from floating away.

The children then became a solar system. We used the planets that we had made to move around the sun (yellow table). To support the children’s understanding.

Neil the Egg Astronaut!

The children received a message from the space headquarters, one of their lead design engineers needed help from class one! The children’s mission was to build a landing capsule for Neil the egg astronaut. The children had a variety of different materials to chose from and they could only select two items from the materials table. The children had to keep Neil the egg astronaut safe and stop him from breaking on his Earth landing. Once they had built their landing capsule, the children made a prediction of what they thought would happen to Neil the egg astronaut. They drew a happy expression if they thought Neil would not crack and a sad expression if they thought Neil would crack.
Once the experiment was completed the children unwrapped Neil to see what had happened to him. They then recorded their findings using a happy and sad expression.

Landing Experiment for Neil the Egg Astronaut!

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Designing a Moon Buggy

The children had been exploring space in their Moon buggy, until disaster stuck! The wheels and the engine flew out of the Moon buggy, causing the Moon buggy to stop working!

The children’s space mission was to design a new Moon buggy to use on the moon and then create their design selecting the different materials, tools and techniques. The children had to consider how they would shape, assemble and join the different materials together to create their moon buggy.