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Class 1


Please see the Reception Unit Home Learning page




smileyWelcome to Class 1!laugh

Take a look at some of our learning areas in class 1

Thank you for looking at our class web-page. Over the course of the year, the children in class 1 have an array of exciting learning opportunities as they start their school journey and we love to share them with you through our online system called Tapestry, which allows us to post comments/photos/videos of your child's learning and also lets us see ones that you choose to post to share what your child achieves at home. Guidance on using Tapestry is available here.

The school also has a weekly newsletter which is emailed to you and remember to check our social media pages too! Throughout the year family members have the chance to come to our class assembly, our curriculum evenings, drop in sessions and parent consultations (two throughout the year alongside three written reports about your child's progress) to find out more about how we teach and learn and to see the children's learning first-hand! Dates for these are advertised on the newsletter well in advance to allow you to arrange attending. If you want to become even more involved with school, we have an established PTA within school that is run by reception staff members and they are always looking for new members and support too. 


In reception class, we are classed as being in the Early Years Foundation Stage and we follow the Development Matters Curriculum as we work towards the Early Learning Goals. If you would like to know more about what we teach throughout the year, please have a look at our curriculum page, which outlines what we teach, when and why. We follow the Read Write Inc. phonics scheme for reading and writing  and there are lots of opportunities to come into school to hear about how to best support this at home. 


Homework in reception mainly focuses on reading every day (either a story book read by an adult with the child and/or a phonics book read by a child to an adult) and this consolidation of RWI at home (little and often) makes a huge difference. The school reading challenge involves the child reading five times a week to an adult who puts a brief note about this in the child's reading record.

Please make sure your child remembers to bring their zip wallet (which contains their reading book, small blue reading record and A4 home-school book) to school every day so they have the opportunity to read with an adult. Comments/questions written at home will be read by staff every Monday and reading books will be changed twice a week. If you would like a new book earlier than this, then please feel free to come into class before or after school and choose one with your child.

Children will be given a school water bottle at the start of the year to use in class (this stays in school and will be regularly sterilised for health and safety) and they are also provided with milk and a fruit/vegetable snack for our class snack time. Children receive a free hot or cold dinner choice in our school hall everyday - menus on the class window and newsletter.

We do PE on a MONDAY AFTERNOON in class 1 and follow the Amaven scheme. Later in the year, we have Miss Foster who is a specialist coach who comes in to teach us gymnastics. PE kit is a white t-shirt, navy/black shorts and plimsols/trainers. Due to health and safety recommendations linked to coronavirus, we are now asking that PE kits stay at home for now and children come into school already wearing their PE kit on Mondays (with their school jumper on top) and they will wear this all day, including during their PE session, and then go home in it too.  


Our topic for the first half of Autumn term is...

Our topic this first half-term is "All About Me" to allow us all to get to know each other a little better as we develop into a happy class community and start our learning journey together at Kingmoor. The main priority is to ensure every child is settled in our class, with a good sense of well-being and the confidence to express his/her self. We learn lots of class routines as they help us to feel safe and we all start to take responsibility for our learning environment. We learn how special and unique we all are and show how we value everyone’s contribution, understanding that everyone is different but still wonderful! We look at the different people in our lives, special times and places for us, and express our likes and dislikes. This half-term we focus on reading and writing all of the letters in the alphabet and starting to blend these into simple words. In Maths, we want to be secure on our understanding and use of numbers 1-5. The whole school will be focusing on the learning power of 'reflecting'. 


Some other ideas for continuing your child's learning/enjoyment of this half-term's specific topic at home include:

looking at family photos and baby photos to notice features and talk about how we develop as we get older, finding out what number house we live at and exploring new and favourite parts of our neighbourhood and city (perhaps even making a picture out of natural resources we find when exploring), talking about things we do at school e.g. what was the funniest thing that happened or who helped you today, thinking about something we can't do yet and setting a challenge to learn it in the next few weeks e.g. putting on own socks and shoes/riding a bike/counting the stairs to bed.

Please remember if you have any questions or concerns to feel free to come and see me after school or contact me on Tapestry.


Thank you,
Miss Finlinson smiley