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Welcome to Class 1!
The Class 1 Team:
Mrs Irvin (Class Teacher) Mrs Martin (Spring Term)

Miss Fanous (Foundation Stage teacher)
 Mrs Gibson, Mrs Bass and Mrs Procter (Support Staff)

Key Stage 1 Curriculum coverage over the four year cycle. We are currently on Year B

Class 1 consists of Early Years, Year 1 and Year 2.  We are fortunate in that our Reception children have the advantage of an early years teacher and a higher-level teaching assistant in the morning, enabling flexible access to explore their learning both indoors and out, with a high-level of individualised challenge. In an afternoon, all three year groups are brought back together as one class.  

 

Early Years
 

The Reception children learn primarily through play and first hand experiences, and receive focused teaching through carefully planned activities with teaching staff. In our classroom you may like to look at the your child's learning journey. We keep these for each child and they contain lots of photographs and observations collected on a day to day basis. This information is used to record their interests and progress, and form their next steps in learning. These are available to you whenever you have a chance to pop in.

AT THE BOTTOM OF THE CLASS 1 PAGE YOU CAN FIND THE EYFS PARENT'S GUIDE. WE HOPE YOU WILL FIND IT INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE.

 

Year 1 and Year 2

 

SPRING TERM

 

During the year, we will be using quality texts to drive our topics and the children’s interests. For the first half of the Spring Term we will be studying the story of ‘Wild’ by Emily Hughes and using Talk 4 Writing techniques to learn the pattern of the text. We look forward to sharing this with you in our Sharing Assembly at the end of February. We will use this as a model to write our own stories. This will lead us into some poetry where we will study ‘The Grass House’ by Shirley Hughes, which we will use as a starting point for writing poetry.

 

In the second half of the term our topic will be ‘Journeys’ and we will investigate the explorations of Captain James Cook and Charles Darwin. We will be gathering information and writing our own information texts.

 

Spelling tests will be held on a Friday morning, which will link to our daily phonic/spelling lessons. It’s really important that the children are given the opportunity to practise their spellings as much as possible, both at home and school, in order develop this vital skill.

 

Maths

In Year 1 and 2 we will continue to look at the place value of two-digit numbers and ensuring children can understand the difference in value of a 5 in 25 compared to this 52. We will partition (break-up) these numbers into tens and ones practically, in drawings and in a variety of contexts to develop a secure understanding of a number’s worth. In addition to this, a key focus on counting will continue through the year: counting backwards and forwards to 100 and in steps of 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. Developing children’s fluency in number facts, like bonds to 10 or 20 (1+9-10, 7+3=10 etc) is a key skill for Key Stage 1 and is vital in the introduction of the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which we will be covering during the

coming half term. Please do look at our school calculation policy for guidance on how to support your child with these.

AUTUMN TERM

 

During the year, we will be using quality texts to drive our topics and the children’s interests. Our first whole school theme is entitled 'Remember’ and in Class 1 we will be remembering traditional tales which have been retold for hundreds of years. First up is gruesome tale of Hansel and Gretel retold by Michael Morpurgo. In our English we are looking at creating our own version of these stories, following the same pattern of language. Later in the term, this theme will lead us to the capital of England – for a historical look at the Great Fire of London! In Geography we will remember our Great Britain, its countries and capitals; in Science we will remember how animals including humans grow and what they need, and finally remember how to stay safe on the computer.

 

Maths

In Year 1 and 2 we will be looking at the place value of two-digit numbers and ensuring children can understand the difference in value of a 5 in 25 compared to this 52. We will partition (break-up) these numbers into their tens and ones practically, in drawings and in a variety of contexts to develop a secure understanding of a number’s worth. In addition to this, a key focus on counting will continue through the year: counting backwards and forwards to 100 and in steps of 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s. An emphasis on ordering and comparing numbers to 100 will also be apparent until half term. Developing children’s fluency in number facts, like bonds to 10 or 20 (1+9-10, 7+3=10 etc) is a key skill for Key Stage 1 and rapid recall of these will be encouraged through-out the year. Finally this term, we will move onto the four operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Please do look at our school calculation policy for guidance on how to support your child with these.

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