This class is taught by Mrs Brabant, Mrs Chalmers, Miss Coutts and Mrs Davies Our Reception/ Year 1 and Year 2 children are all taught in our Early Years/Key Stage 1 unit – otherwise known as Class 1. We have high adult/child ratios which means each year group can be taught phonics and maths in small groups and 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 […]
Class 1s Den Building Day get off to an exciting start with a visit from Amy Stretch Parker, author of Peter Digs a Den. The children then ventured into the woods to design and make their own dens. We used lots of the 7Cs of Clifton when we worked together to get the dens built.
Class 1 have been making the most of the sunny weather and getting outdoors whenever we can. We have worked together to build models, make fantastic creations in the sand kitchen, make things happen with the tubing and balls and tidy up the outdoors by weeding.
All pre school children ( from 2 years old) are invited to our Stay and Play sessions in Class 1 to familiarise themselves with school in preparation for starting full time one day. The children ( and their parents) explore the class room and our outdoor areas, borrow a book to read at home and get to know the staff in Class 1. So when they do start school in Reception it really is all so much easier! We currently run these sessions on a Thursday afternoon from 2.45-3.30 in the Spring and Summer terms. Why not pop along! We […]
Class 1 enjoyed some sunshine in the Secret Garden this week looking for inspiration for our Little Door poems. We used our senses to look, listen and touch and found lots of signs of spring. The next day we created some super creative sentences for our poems back in class.
The Reception children took advantage of this week’s sunny weather and worked together to brighten up the school entrance. They collected soil from the mole hills on the green which they wheelbarrowed to the school garden and used it to fill two big planters. Then they planted some daffodils and petunias in the pots. We think they make the front entrance look more colourful and welcoming.
Class 1 have been learning about Chinese New Year and the traditions associated with it. Before half term they started off by learning the story of the Chinese Zodiac which they performed at our Story Telling Assembly. Everyone was very impressed! We also made Chinese paper lanterns to decorate our classroom. This week we have made lucky red fans, chinese dragon shape pictures and read our fortunes in a fortune cookie. On Wednesday we had a dragon parade in the playground before trying some chinese food back in class. We finished the week with some chinese dragon dancing in our […]
Year 1 and 2 have been learning about the very long period of time when dinosaurs roamed the earth. They have each made a dinosaur timeline explaining the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and the extinction of the dinosaurs. They are really proud of their work.
Class 1 have braved the mud, rain, mud, wind, snow, mud and DINOSAURS in their outdoor learning sessions this half term and have loved every minute! Today was our last session for now and we focused on collecting wood ready for more campfires next half term. We were curious and confident, collaborated and communicated with each other and were committed to the challenge. To make it even more special we even saw the deer Mrs Davies had told us lived in the woods.
We spend a lot of time developing our collaboration skills in Class 1 so we can work together to complete a task. We have to listen to each other and take turns as well as share our ideas by explaining them clearly. We also have to compromise so everyone makes a contribution. We have had lots of opportunities to practise collaborating this half term: making story maps about Chinese New Year, building enclosures for dinosaurs in our very own Jurassic Park and developing our own ideas to invent Gem City!
Class 1 were very excited to be the first children to use the new doorway into the Secret Garden. And what better way to celebrate than with a campfire. The children have all learned how to keep safe around a campfire and can toast their own marshmellows safely. Thanks to all the adults who help with our Outdoor Learning sessions and to Mrs Davies for organising so many exciting things for us to do. We are already looking forward to our next sessions after Easter.