Infants

The Infants section of the school is made up of Class 1 and Class 2 and covers the last year of Early Years education and the whole of Key Stage One education.

Class 1 has all of the Year R (Reception) children and some of our Year 1 children;

Class 2 has the rest of our Year 1 children and all of our Year 2 children.

As we have three year groups to teach across two classes, a child will spend two years in one or other of the Infant classes (Class 1 or Class 2).

When children enter the school they begin in Class 1 and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. These are our Reception children (Year R). The next academic year, the children all move on to Year 1. In Year 1 the children begin learning from the Key Stage One (KS1) curriculum once they are ready; this is usually by the start of the spring term in Year 1 however, it might be sooner than this, if the child is ready. Year 1 and Year 2 make up what is known across the country as Key Stage One (KS1).

Class 1

Class 1 is taught by Mrs Edmonds (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Heritage (Thursday and Friday).

Year R marks the final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS curriculum is covered at Nursery/Pre-Schools and then continued for the Reception year when children first start primary school, before moving onto the National Curriculum in Year 1.

The key method of learning in the Early Years is through ‘play’. This involves children having the freedom to apply their learned skills through practical, directed and non–directed activities which help to cement their learning. Children are continually immersed into a theme which is based on their interests and help them to develop their knowledge in the seven areas of development:

  1. Communication and Language

  2. Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  3. Physical Development

  4. Literacy

  5. Mathematics

  6. Understanding the World

  7. Expressive Arts and Design

Within the Early Years, learning is facilitated both indoors and outdoors. Learning is supported through directed activities which take place in both environments. At Barnham Broom Primary School, we believe that a wide range of experiences are vital to developing the learning of the whole child. This is why we do not view the seven areas of development as singular topics, but ones that integrate with each other. This is why we encourage outdoor learning, as it provides many experiences which indoors cannot accommodate, such as bug hunting, seasonal change and large scale construction. We encourage children to be outside in all weathers to ensure they develop a breath of experience and knowledge throughout their time in the Early Years.

Key Stage One (KS1)

Year 1 children are taught either in Class 1 or Class 2. We look at which environment will best suit each individual child's needs when making a decision as to which class a child will be in. Our children will either spend two years in Class 1 or two years in Class 2 as they move through the school.

Year 1 children in Class 1

Although working alongside the Reception children, the Year 1 children in class 1 access the Year 1 national curriculum the same as the the Year 1 children in class 2, the class 1 learning is broken into smaller focussed sessions

Year 1 children in Class 2:

The Year 1 children in class 2 access the Year 1 national curriculum the same as the the Year 1 children in class 1, they work alongside the Year 2 children.

The Year 1 children are taught the Year 1 objectives under similar umbrella topics, regardless of whether they are in Class 1 or Class 2. The EYFS/KS1 team work very closely together to ensure continuity and consistency in learning and opportunity. The curriculum is covered through a two year rolling programme to ensure that the children do not repeat learning when in a class for two years. The two infant classes work closely together, so that the children in Year 1 in both classes are exposed to the same experiences. The National Curriculum for Mathematics, English and Science at KS1 has objectives for each year group. The other subjects have objectives that cover the whole Key Stage and are not year group specific.

Throughout the school, the children are treated as individuals and are taught according to their ability; the work in each class is differentiated accordingly. In Year 1 the children begin learning from the Key Stage One (KS1) curriculum once they are ready. This is usually within the Autumn Term.


Class 2

Class 2 is taught by Mrs Sivyer (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Wakeman (Thursday and Friday).

Year 2 children in Class 2:

In Year 2 the children continue their learning from the Key Stage One (KS1) curriculum building upon what they have learnt in Year 1. The children will be assessed at the end of Year 2 against the KS1 Curriculum expectations.

The two infant classes work closely together, so that the children in Year 1 in both classes are exposed to the same experiences.

There is a shared outdoor area between the classes which is used for many different activities (often messy ones!) to develop skills and understanding in English, Maths, Science, Art and DT, Computing, Music, role play, fine and gross motor skills, working together, investigating and experimenting.

A picture of our outdoor area is below - this was taken before the lovely resources and equipment have been arranged for the children to access, this varies across the year and from week to week.


Please click on the button (right) for some word lists which show you words that your child is expected to know how to spell by the end of KS1.

KS1 English Teacher Assessment

End of KS1

English Teacher Assessment


KS1 Maths Teacher Assessment

End of KS1

Maths Teacher Assessment


KS1 Science Teacher Assessment

End of KS1

Science Teacher Assessment