Welcome to Class 1

I am Mrs Cox and I have the pleasure of teaching Class 1, Miss King, our Teaching Assistant supports me in delivering care and learning oppportunities for all of our brilliantly unique and interesting children. Together we learn important skills through open ended investigations and activities.

Organisation

 Our day consists of dedicated teaching time, which we call “POW-WOWs”, small group work with adults and time for the children to be independent and apply the skills that they have been taught.  The children have access to a range of resources which they use independently and are able to choose their preferred learning area.

A snack area is permanently open for children to have access to water, fruit and other snacks.  Very often this will also include a skill such as spreading or cutting food.  Children are taught to be independent in this process and to also clear their table and wash up equipment used. 

Thursday afternoons are run a little differently as we do whole class PE (sometimes inside, sometimes outside), visit the school Library and have a music session.

Mrs Klegeris provides cover for our class when needed.  She is an integrated and valued member of staff who knows all of the children really well.  Mrs Klegeris knows how our class is run and there is able to continue and build on the children’s current learning.

Class Expectations

Alongside the school rules and school values, which are shared by all, the children are encouraged to be as independent as possible, whilst knowing when to ask for help from adults and peers.

Curriculum

In Class 1 we follow the children’s interests and so will have a variety of mini themes that run throughout the year.  The children are responsible for setting up their role play areas and dismantling this once finished.  They are taught how to use all areas of the inside and outside classroom so that they become responsible learners. They can differentiate the learning through their play that takes place in the Reception class setting with the social play of playing with their friends on the playground.

Observations are a daily part of assessing the children’s progress.  Learning is captured in an online learning journal called Tapestry.  This is a wonderful tool through which the very practical nature of our curriculum can be captured in photos and videos, these are then shared with you as parents.  You are also encouraged to contribute to your child’s journal.

Phonics is a key focus in Class 1 and regular parent workshops are run in order for parents to understand how to aid their children at home and be part of their learning journey.  Phonics (learning the letter sounds) is the building blocks to early reading and writing - it is taught daily.  Children are encouraged to apply these skills within all areas of their learning.  Reading, singing and stories are a huge part of our learning and often are the catalyst for the interests and themes that we use.

Please see the separate Early Years page for information on the Early Years Curriculum Guidance for all schools.

Homework

Children are encouraged to read daily at home and have a reading record in which parents can keep a record of reading with their child.  Guidance for parents is given as children begin to progress through the reading levels.  Parents also have a weekly update on which sounds are learnt.  Each Friday, a Tapestry challenge is sent home.  This will be based on a skill learnt in school that week.  Parents are asked to upload the children’s challenge to Tapestry where Early Years assessment criteria can be added by school; we also comment to each upload giving a suggested next step.

Concerns and Contact us

The children are brought to, and collected from the classroom door each morning and afternoon.  This is an opportunity for parents to see me and pass on any relevant information.  If you would like to talk out of earshot of the children and other adults, I am happy to arrange another time to see you.

Every day I put out an information sheet detailing our main skill focus for the day.  This can be a lovely conversation starter to have with your child at the end of the day as you will be able to hook straight into their learning.  The board will also tell you what snack is being provided that day, give things for you to remember i.e. an assembly that week, or a mufti day coming up, and finally share details about how you can help (for example, collection of junk modelling, the request for a specific book etc).

The children are brought to, and collected from the classroom door each morning and afternoon.  This is an opportunity for parents to see me and pass on any relevant information.  If you would like to talk out of earshot of the children and other adults, I am happy to arrange another time to see you.

Every day I put out an information sheet detailing our main skill focus for the day.  This can be a lovely conversation starter to have with your child at the end of the day as you will be able to hook straight into their learning.  The board will also tell you what snack is being provided that day, give things for you to remember i.e. an assembly that week, or a mufti day coming up, and finally share details about how you can help (for example, collection of junk modelling, the request for a specific book etc)

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