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.

Amazing Me
This half term focuses mainly on establishing rules and routines and for the year 1's learning their increased responsibilities and expectations.

The children will be getting to know each other and will talk about their families and share their interests with one another.


Phase 1: To begin the term children will enhance their listening skills and will participate in rhyming games, distinguishing sounds and repeating sounds.

Phase 4: They will recap on the sounds that they learnt last year and will continue to read and write our tricky words. We will consolidate this phase before moving onto learning phase 5 sounds.

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