Finch Class


The main phonics scheme used by our Foundation and Key Stage One pupils is Jolly Phonics with other supporting materials. 

Class Teachers

Mrs Cracknell (Monday-Thursday)

Mrs Breeze (Friday)

Assisted by Mrs Rawson


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 Finch Class Term 1&2 2017

Term 1 has been busy and exciting in Finch class!  At the start of term 1, the children got off to a flying start by learning a new phonetic sound each day resulting in the children having learnt approximately 24 new sounds by the end of term 1. Many of the children have started to use this new skill to write simple words and some are now able to read simple words and sentences.

At the start of the first term, the children shared information about themselves and their families and the things that make them unique. We took photographs of the children and they then wrote something about themselves. This was added to the photographs and we made this into a lovely classroom display and linked this to how we like to learn in Finch class.

We also talked about autumn and the seasonal changes we can see around the school. The children talked about the farmers working in the fields and the crops and other foods gathered in. The children learnt that harvest is a special festival that is celebrated by people all around the world. We linked harvest time to The Little Red Hen story which the children learnt by heart and really enjoyed reciting whenever we read the story together. We created a story board display of the story and the children were able to retell The Little Red Hen from looking at their paintings. This technique is linked to Talk for Writing and we will continue to develop this over the course of the academic year.

As we approached the end of term 1 we were excited to think about Halloween and pumpkins. We listened to lots of stories featuring pumpkins including one called Pumpkin Soup. We hollowed out our own pumpkin and made pumpkin soup which we all tried. Most of Finch class decided it was yummy and would like to try it again!!

At the start of Term 2 we shared lots of books about Winnie the Witch and we even had a go at writing our own Winnie the Witch spell words which we added to the big display cauldron! Bonfire night was a fantastic way to learn about Guy Fawkes and the bonfire plot. Finch class learnt that Guy Fawkes and the plotters hid 64 barrels of gunpowder under the house of parliament and that if it had exploded, King James would have been killed.            

We then went on to learn about WW1 and poppy day and we talked about what it means to remember something or someone after which the children each wrote a memory. We made each memory into a poppy leaves and then combined them to make a lovely display.

We learnt about the festival of Diwali and listened to the well-known story Rama and the Demon King. The children made their own diva lamps and created rangoli patterns all of which added to an eye catching Diwali display. In cookery the children made and tried coconut sweet treats which are widely shared during the Diwali festival period. All the children agreed these were yummy!


The last few weeks of term were busy with our Christmas play performances of Born in a Barn which we performed with Barn Owl and Robin classes. Families and friends thoroughly enjoyed the play and thought Finch class did extremely well to learn 8 new songs!

Our annual trip to the Watermill Theatre to see The Borrowers was a real treat and we capped off the end of term 2 with our class party and lots of fun! The children were excited about Christmas and looking forward to a well-deserved rest. Well done Finches!