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Bats Class Page 2022-23


Welcome back to school after your summer break and welcome to our 2022-23 Bats class page. 

Here you will find important information about our learning this year, as well as regular updates about what we have been doing each week.

Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or catch me at the classroom door if you have any questions.


Term 1 Key Documents


Bats Term 1 Pirates Topic Web


Bats Term 1 Home Learning Grid


The Night Pirates Text and Story Map


Week 4


We have had an exciting week in Bats class, with the highlights being our visit from a police officer, talking about how they keep people safe, as well as a visit from our lovely parents, which the children were so excited about. 

In Maths we took our learning outside to practice our backwards counting as well as finding one less than a given number. The children loved running around outside to find objects to represent the numbers.

In English we have been concentrating on adjectives, and using these describing words to make our writing about 'The Night Pirates' story more interesting. I have been amazed by some of the words the children use to describe the moon, the sea and the (all important) treasure chest. 

We visited our Key Stage 1 library again this week and were excited to see two display boards that we had done art for with our Year 6 buddies.

In Art the children relished in creating a self portrait using collage materials. When asked why an artist might use collage to create their self-portrait, one wonderful answer was "because they can't decide what colour to use so they use them all!"

The children tried some yoga this week as well, which we found really helped us to calm down and settle back into our learning after our lunch break. 

I have been asked by a few parents how they can help their children at home with phonics. A good resource to help you and the children learn the correct pronunciation of the sounds is Mr Thorne Does Phonics on YouTube. He does simple videos where he simply says the phonics sounds in the order that we learn them at school. I hope this helps!

Week 3


Another week has flown by in Bats class. We have remembered and celebrated Queen Elizabeth II this week by using water colours to paint our Queen portraits, as well as working with our Year 6 buddies to write messages and memories in our very special keep sake book about Queen Elizabeth II.

We have had more fun painting in our Science lesson with Mr Gale this week, creating some wonderful trees to show all of the 4 seasons. 

In English we have continued to learn our story 'The Night Pirates' with some very creative and fun actions made up by the children. Ask them to show you at home!

In Maths we have learnt to count in a sequence from any number as well as writing our numbers as words. The children really enjoy using the Maths resources to demonstrate their understanding to me.

I was really impressed with the home learning work the children have been busy with this week. On Friday they really enjoyed showing off their work to their classmates and talked about their work with such passion.


Week 2


The children had their first day with Mr Gale this week and he introduced our topic in Science this term, Seasons, as well as reading a really fun Pirate story. 

In English the children have been writing their own recount of what might have happened when some nasty pirates stole our class treasure over night. We were shocked by how messy they had left our classroom, and the children enjoyed finding clues outside to lead us to the treasure. 

I have introduced the children to our first text of the term 'The Night Pirates' and we have begun to learn this story by heart. Please look out for a copy of the story and story map in t4he Home Learning books that your children can use at home to continue practicing this story. 

In Maths we have had a lot of practical fun sorting objects and counting these objects. I am so impressed by how confident the children are with their numbers already. 

In Art we held a gallery viewing to appreciate some famous artists' self-portraits, with a view of creating our own self-portraits by the end of this term.

In PE we had so much fun exploring our new 'Sunshine Gym' and we all felt very strong after using it! Today we have learnt an Irish Dancing jig and performed our routines in front of our class mates.

We ended our week with a fun afternoon with our Year 6 buddies, creating some personalised art work for our KS1 Library display.

Week 1


We had a wonderful first week back at school and I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of your wonderful children. We spent the week exploring our new classroom and routines as well as introducing our topic of the term, Pirates! As you can imagine the children were very excited about our first topic and didn't hesitate at telling me all that they knew already about pirates. We ended the week by making our own pirate ship for our role play area, as well as meeting our Year 6 buddies, who will spend time with us every Friday afternoon this year.

Welcome to our wonderful school!