Class 1


Mrs Edmonds and Mrs Sivyer 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 Jappy, Mrs Lansdale-Brown and Mrs Periera.

Mrs Heritage will be teaching the children on a Thursday and Friday in the Summer term once she returns from maternity leave.

Our learning:

I wonder what changes

This half term we will be learning about changes, mainly between different environments and to the state of materials.

Understanding of the world

In geography, we will look at the Earth’s cold places including: the Arctic and Antarctica. We will be identifying seasonal and daily weather patterns in the UK, the location of hot and cold areas of the world in relation to the Equator, and the North and South Poles, as well as the animals and plants that live in polar environments. In science, we will be looking at changing materials, including: ice, chocolate and playdough. The children will consider different materials and those that are waterproof and can insulate. In history, we will be looking at the famous explorer, Ernest Shakleton. We will also send out a Knowledge Organiser to share with your child containing simple facts about our current topic.

One of our key text this half term will be:



Year R have been learning phase 2 sounds, which we are consolidating and they have started to learn phase 3 sounds, some digraphs (2 letter sounds) are trickier to learn, so please share sound strings frequently. Especially for sounds such as: sh, ch, th, ng, oo

Year 1 are continuing to practise phase 3 sounds and are learning cvcc and ccvc words in phase 4.

We are continuing to teach our phonics through 'Monster Phonics', please hear your child read their Monster phonics books.

In phonics, we teach the children to say the purest and smallest sounds for each letter eg. mmmmm instead of muh, watch this video for more information:

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 3 or 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.

Mrs Edmonds storytime:

YouTube Video

Mrs Singleton storytime:

YouTube Video

This story is a beautiful way of discussing race, ethnicity and celebrating our differences with children

YouTube Video

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.

Who you will meet in Class One:
Mrs Edmonds has taught at Barnham Broom for nine years, in that time she has got married and had her two beautiful children. Mrs Edmonds likes to go for a run, bake and read. In her spare time she treasures days out with her family.

Mrs Sivyer has two wonderful children who keep her busy. She has a dog called Lily and a cat called Patch. Mrs Sivyer loves reading, swimming, going to the gym and gardening.

Mrs L-B has been working at Barnham Broom for just over 10 years. Mrs L-B and her husband built their own home. They have one son who attends high school. She enjoys reading, baking and socialising with family and friends. She loves to travel and her favourite place is Disney World.
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