This class is taught by Mrs Brabant, Mrs Chalmers and Mrs Davies

Our Reception/ Year 1 class is small ( 17 children this year) and has high adult child ratios.  This means we can address each child’s individual needs to help them make good progress.

We provide children with opportunities to develop essential skills for learning including; collaboration, creativity, curiosity, imagination, independence, resilience and resourcefulness.

We follow the Read Write Inc scheme to teach phonics, reading and spelling. This is a very successful program which aims to get children reading and writing quickly and in an enjoyable child friendly way.

We believe that the classroom environment has a direct impact on a child’s development. In Class 1 we provide the following areas where children can work independently; a writing corner, computer area, craft area, role play corner, reading loft and den.

Our outdoor covered play area has a sand pit, sand kitchen, water play, chalk boards and themed equipment and activities that change depending on our topic.

We believe that children will want to learn when the topic interests them so we have half termly topics that cover a range of popular themes. These include; pirates, nursery rhymes, dinosaurs, transport, sharks, space and superheroes – to name a few!

We run a parent/toddler group for all children from 2 years old on  Mondays in the Spring and Summer term from 2.45 –3.30. So why not pop along to see our classroom and meet the staff.

Scroll down to take a look at the exciting things we have been doing this year.

Here are our curriculum plan and class letter for the Summer term 2017.



Here are our curriculum plan and class letter for Spring term 2017.

Curriculum overview Spring 17

class letter spring 17

Welcome to 2017 in Class 1

We have had a busy start to the new year in Class 1 and our topic of Journeys has given us lots of exciting learning experiences. We have acted out The Gingerbread Man story in groups and made our own puppets. We also investigated why the Gingerbread Man might not have wanted to get wet and how he could have kept himself dry without getting a ride from a greedy fox. We have also made lanterns, lucky money pockets and  hand drums to celebrate chinese new year and had a dragon week when we did lots of dragon art, maths and literacy.

The chilly weather has not stopped us getting outside with football coach Matt to develop our ball skills. We soon warm up with all that exercise!!

We have also visited St Cuthbert’s Church in Clifton to help us learn about special places. We spotted the bell and the rope in the bell tower, kneeled at the altar and chose interesting things to draw.

Festive Fun in Class 1

Christmas time has arrived in class and the children have been busy making Christmas cakes with Mrs Chalmers. Today Santa’s Workshop took over the role play corner and the children have had great fun being Santa and his elves. They even made their own signs about keeping the workshop tidy and neat.

A Day at Croft Farm

We were unlucky with the weather when we visited Croft Farm but it did not stop us having a lovely time. And the good thing about rain is that there were lots of puddles to paddle in.

Multiskills Festival

Well done to the Year 1 and 2 children who represented Clifton school at the multiskills festival. Look at all those stickers!


Autumn is Here

Our topic this half term is Let’s Build but we have also learned about Autumn and some special times.

Nursery Rhymes

As well as Incy Wincy Spider and Humpty Dumpty we also learned about the Queen of Hearts. We made some jam tarts and wrote instructions on how to make them and we also worked together to make some Queen of Hearts pictures.

Welcome back to a new school year

The sunny weather has meant we have made the most of the outdoors so far this term. We have been busy building and problem solving and have been on a spider hunt around the school grounds.

We have also done lots of spidery work in class and have had our own garden cross spider to stay in a tank. We even gave him a fly in his net which he enjoyed eating.

The new reception children have also been busy learning our letter sounds and how to write them.

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