Class 1 is a mixed year class group that teaches Reception and Key stage 1 children. In reception the children follow an Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which provides access to a rich learning environment where opportunities and conditions allow them to flourish in all aspects of their development. The learning environment provides balance across the areas of learning and an ethos that respects each child as an individual. We value children’s efforts, interests and support them to become successful learners. There is a new topic introduced each term that provides learning opportunities identified in both prime and specific early learning goals. Additionally we support children’s learning through planned play activities both child –initiated and adult led which are a key for focus for children in the Reception year group, whilst more extensive challenges are set for Key Stage 1 children.
In Key stage 1 Literacy and Math’s lessons are taught as separate subjects with differentiated year group outcomes following National Curriculum expectations. The learning is tailored to the children’s individual needs and children move between groups for particular aspects within the subject. Interventions take place to support early reading and writing skills by using a synthetic phonic teaching approach and a handwriting programme designed by an occupational therapist and mental numeracy practising to use maths skills at an independent level.
During the afternoons, the children have an exciting programme of hands-on Science, Computing, Art, Design Technology, History / Geography, Music and Religious Education. The children enjoy a very full and educational curriculum. Wider curriculum opportunities are incorporated by using external and internal professionals for specific interventions and teaching such at Future Steps to develop fine and gross motor skills, speech and language therapy for communication skills and CAMHS primary mental health key worker to support emotional regulation.
P.E. is taught on a Wednesday afternoon. Two half terms a year, children attend swimming lessons on a Friday morning. This is done on a rota basis. On a Friday morning we have a time slot in the school kitchen. Children cook a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes which they can then take home with them. Every effort is made to make the curriculum as creative and hands on as possible. To support this, school trips are planned which are designed to stimulate children’s learning, develop their team work and promote new experiences.
- Mr Cooke – Class Teacher
- Mrs Wallbanks – Special Support Assistant / Senior Key worker
- Miss Hopwood – Special Support Assistant / Key worker
For further information about our curriculum or long term plans please visit the curriculum section of our website.