Class 1 is a mixed year group class that caters for Reception and years 1 / 2 curriculum aged children. In reception the children follow an Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum which provides a structure of learning opportunities through purposeful play and teacher directed activities. There is generally a new topic introduced each term and all areas of development and subjects will be linked to this central idea in some way. In Key stage 1, History, Geography, RE and PSHE will be taught effectively through English. This ‘whole learning’ approach firstly enables children to apply their skills and transfer their knowledge from one subject to another. Also it helps children to make connections and join up their thinking. Most importantly, it increases children’s confidence, interest, motivation and learning.
In the morning Phonics, Literacy and Math’s lessons are taught as separate subjects with differentiated grouped across the class. The learning is tailored to the children’s individual needs and children move between groups for particular aspects within the subject according to those individual needs. Interventions take place using Jolly Phonics, Rapid Phonics and Rapid Maths is additionally taught to consolidate key aspects of number work. Additionally supporting children’s learning through planned play activities both child –initiated and adult led is key for focus for children in Reception year group, whilst more extensive challenges are set for Key Stage 1 children.
During the afternoons, the children have an exciting programme of hands-on Science, Computing, Art, Design Technology, French, 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 Tree Tops to develop fine and gross motor skills, Communication, speech and language therapy and on class visits to places of interest.
P.E. is taught on a Wednesday morning. 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, a variety of 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 – Support Assistant
For further information about our curriculum or long term plans please visit the curriculum section of our website.