What a fantastic first day of the new school year for the children in Year 1 Evenlode Class. It was a day full of excitement and anticipation as we welcomed the whole class back to school together. I was extremely impressed with the children from the moment that they came to line up for the start of the day until the moment that they went home. The children were Fearless Foxes and Mindful Magpies as they took their new school environment and procedures in their stride.
We began our day by becoming familiar with our new classroom along with the very important business of catching up with our friends and learning about what each other had been up to over the summer break. We also practised our name writing by writing our labels for our pegs and our trays.
After break, we did Phonics where we recapped the letter sounds that we learnt in Foundation stage. Then we had our first Jigsaw PSHE session where we met our new Jigsaw friend-Jigsaw Jack. The focus of our session was on welcoming everyone back to school and the strategies that we can use to help to keep ourselves and others safe.
After lunch, we had our first lesson focusing on our text for the next couple of weeks-Here We Are by Oliver Jeffers. This book is being used as a focus for each class for the first couple of weeks of the new term. We talked about what we could see on the front cover and discussed the reason why Oliver Jeffers wrote this book- to tell his new baby about the world that we live in. We used Google Earth to identify England, Oxford, Appleton and Appleton Primary School. We then drew pictures to show the activities that we enjoy doing at school.
Throughout the day we also had regular opportunities to access the continuous provision in our play based classroom.
I am very proud of all of the children and am already looking forward to the rest of our time together. Well done Year 1 (and all of the parents and family members) for an excellent start to the new term. Here are a few photos from our first day together.
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