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 Jappy, Mrs Lansdale-Brown and Mrs Periera.

Our learning:

Changes and 
Cultural Diversity

This half term our topics will cover ‘Changes’ and ‘Cultural diversity’. Several children have loved learning about the life cycle of tadpoles and ladybirds, so we started this half term by learning about the life cycle of a butterfly. We have used ‘Handa’s Surprise’ to develop the children’s awareness of other cultures and we have made comparisons between England and Africa. We will continue to share a range of texts to value individuality and to discuss what makes us unique. We will look at lots of texts with different types of families, from different backgrounds and will celebrate our similarities as well as discovering and celebrating differences. The children have also learnt about Rosa Parks.


Towards the end of the year, we will reflect on our memories and how we have changed during the course of the year, and what our hopes are for next year at school.


We have also be discussing a variety of religions this half term; finding out what is important to people from all over the world and looking at special places people like to worship in.



Year R children have finished learning all of the sounds in phase 2 and 3, please continue to practise reading these on their sound strings and practise reading words with these sounds in. Your child may like to practise writing word and sentences containing these sounds.

Phase 2 sounds: s a t p i n m d g o c k ck u e r h b f l ff ll ss

Phase 3 sounds: j, v, w, x, y, z, qu, sh, ch, th, ng, ai, ee, igh, oa, oo, ar, or, ur, oi, ear, air, ure, er

This half term YrR will be recapping phase 3 and will start learning phase 4. In phase 4, no new phonic sounds are taught, this phase focuses on reading and spelling a range of words using their known sounds. 

Year 1’s will continue to learn phase 5 sounds and the alternative spellings for the sounds that are the same.

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:


Year R will continue to learn: 

  • to recognise digits and to form numbers correctly within 20 (and beyond)

  • Halving and doubling numbers

  • Left and right turns

  • Positional language

  • Number bonds to 10

  • Place value (tens and ones the correct way round)

They will begin to learn about grouping objects and sharing them out.

Year 1: 

Will continue learning:

  • to count using the 100 square up to 100

  • Counting in 2’s, 5’s and 10’s

  • 3D shape names and properties

  • Counting forwards and backwards

We will start to learn about fractions and positional language

  • Symbols associated with grouping and sharing

  • Writing the correct symbols for ½ and ¼ 

  • Read the clock to the half past (and re-cap o’clock)

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 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