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Class 1


Please see the Reception Unit Home Learning page




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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 book bag (which contains their reading book, small blue reading record and A4 home learning 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 now do PE twice a week! We do it on a MONDAY AFTERNOON with me teaching and follow the Amaven scheme. We now also have Miss Foster on a THURSDAY MORNING, 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 and Thursdays (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 Spring term is...

Our topic this half-term is "Growth" so we are learning to notice and explain changes as humans and other animals grow - we start with a 'Talking Tub' of provocations to identify existing knowledge and any questions children hold within this investigation and address this through our planning for the term. The topic gives us lots of opportunities for investigations to develop an understanding of chronology and strengthen our observation and research skills using real-life objects and non-fiction texts. We are continuing our Read Write Inc. phonics scheme, learning a new set of vowel sounds (ay, ee etc.) and using our letter sounds to read simple words on sight. In Maths, we introduce numbers up to 10, including 0, and compare these numbers and look at their composition as a start to basic addition and subtraction. We also participate in a variety of topic investigations that focus on our measures knowledge – mass, capacity, length/height and time. In EAD, we focus on joining techniques in craft work and focus on a variety of small world environments. The whole school will be focusing on the learning power of ‘learning to learn’.  


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

looking at baby photos of everyone in the family to see similarities and differences and to discuss what you couldn't do at that time compared to now and also what you are looking forward to doing in the future; noticing new signs of spring on a walk in the woods or countryside; measuring heights of everyone in the family; taking out growth books from the library like ‘Once there were giants' etc.  

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

Timetable for Spring 1