Class 1

Mrs Edmonds and Mrs Heritage teach Class 1. Class 1 is made up of Reception children who follow the EYFS curriculum and Year 1 children who follow the Year 1 curriculum once they are ready. Class 1 are supported by Mrs Lansdale-Brown and Mrs Baldry, Mrs O'Grady and Mr Davis also work with us too.
We observe the children in their play and play alongside the children too. We begin each half term by teaching the same topics as class 2 but in class 1 we also follow the interests of the children and develop their knowledge about things they like.

Image result for polar regions

Polar Regions
This half term focuses on learning about the different polar regions and making comparisons between the Arctic and Antarctica.

The children will be learning about the different animals that live there and how the animals adapt to their cold environment.


Phase 3: This term children will recap on phase 2 sounds that they have learnt and will practise using them in words and sentences.

Phase 5: They will recap on the sounds that they learnt last term in phases 2 & 3 and will continue to read and write our tricky words. Children will learn several new sounds and digraphs such as: ay, ou, ie, ea, oy

In the moment planning

In class 1, we adjust our teaching and topic themes based on the children's interests; so don't be surprised if we learn about lots of other things too! Our approach is ‘in the moment’ planning. We observe what the children do and assess their learning and interests, then through responding to and questioning the children (our planning), we teach 'in the moment' and move the children’s learning on by addressing their next steps immediately. Each week we concentrate in depth on 4 focus children - if your child is a focus child then we will send a sheet home for you to complete in advance, to help us to tailor their learning to their interests and activities. We would be grateful if you could return this by the date listed on the sheet. Each child will be a focus child once each half term. We continue to teach, engage, question, explore and investigate with all children.

All children have focused teaching sessions, then access independent learning. Teaching is linked to our topic, our focus objectives and the children’s interests. After each session of teaching the year 1s will complete a focused, directed learning activity before independent learning.

Our Environment

Our class is set up so the children can access everything they need for themselves.
We want the children to be very independent and also learn to tidy up what they have enjoyed playing with.

Outdoor play: 

Outside we have a mud kitchen, sand pit, large construction area, creation station and water play.

We also enjoy gardening and do a weekly outdoor learning session (additional to our free flow play into the outdoor area). The children go out whatever the weather.


Sarah Edmonds,
17 Sep 2019, 01:56