Class 1

Mrs Edmonds and Mrs Singleton 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 Mrs Jappy also work with us too.

Our learning:

Freddie and the Fairy

We are using this story this half term to explore rhyme. In our garden we have a new member, Bessie-Belle the fairy has moved in and she has written us several letters. This has prompted lots of imaginative play and mark making. The children have enjoyed writing to Bessie-Belle to introduce themselves and they have spent a lot of time making toys and furniture for the fairy. We have been learning about the properties of different materials and the children have been designing a cover for Bessie-Belle's garden.
Next week the children will be sequencing the story and will tell it in their own words or have a do at writing it.


Have been taught all of the phase 2 sounds, these are:
s a t p i n m d g o c k ck u e r h b f l ff ll ss
The children are starting to use these sounds to read and write simple words. At the moment we are recapping on the different sounds and letter formation and we are teaching how to use them in reading.

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:

Phase 1: The children have explored different listening games to develop their listening skills ready for learning their phonic sounds.

Phase 3: The children are recapping on the sounds that they learnt last year in phases 2 & 3 and will continue to read and write our tricky words. Children will be retaught tricky sounds in phase 3 including: ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee igh, oa, oo, ar, or, air, ee, ear

The children are learning about the addition and equals symbol an have been combining 2 groups of objects to find a total. Year 1's are recording their adding by writing number sentences. We are continuing to practise counting to recognise numbers and their worth and to count forwards and back, finding one more and less than a number.

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.

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 Singleton has two wonderful little boys who keep her busy. She loves going to the theatre, reading and socialising with friends. Her favourite food is baked beans and her favourite animal is a giraffe. 

Mrs Baldry has worked at Barnham Broom for over 10 years and has a daughter at the school. She has a very lazy cat called Olaf. She enjoys painting and attending her art class. In 
her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time in the sunshine.

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.
Claire Singleton,
25 May 2020, 12:42
Sarah Edmonds,
18 Mar 2020, 14:07
Claire Singleton,
8 Oct 2020, 13:09