Class 1 is a mixed-age class of Reception and Year 1 children, taught by Mrs Shaw and supported by Mrs Taylor. From the start of their time at Rocklands School we aim to make learning exciting and help to develop a love of learning. This learning through experience continues from Reception through into Year 1, where our topics are designed to inspire and excite the children, enabling them to learn in a practical and fun way.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum for Reception and the National Curriculum for Year 1. Within this learning there is scope to follow the children’s interests and incorporate child-led learning. We have weekly outdoor learning lessons in the woods in the autumn and summer to support our teaching of a broader curriculum. We have a small outside area to use just off the classroom and we also have planned times to access the playground to use the outside equipment for physical development.
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An important part of having a mixed-age class is the role the older children play in helping the younger children to settle in to the school environment; working and playing with others, sharing and learning with their friends. We have high expectations of behaviour and learning and children rise to these suitably during their time in Class 1. The children develop a good work ethic and are always striving to be a Superhero Learner. From 'Have a go Hannah', who likes trying new things, to 'Tilly Teamwork', who likes working together, or any of the other ten superheroes, the children always do their best!
A crucial part of life in our classroom is the interactive play-based learning. The children learn a huge range of concepts and skills through these carefully planned sessions. We also use our daily Phrantic Phonics to help the children develop a strong understanding of sounds and the letters connected to those sounds. This is the key to the development of their reading and writing. Hands-on activities also help the children's understanding of numbers to progress.
We feel that working alongside parents and carers is very important. We welcome parents in to the classroom to hear readers, support us at the woods and much, much more! Each term we invite parents and carers to our class learning cafés where we share stories, a key reading or maths skill, craft activities and lots of drinks and biscuits! Each year Class 1 share their learning through a class assembly where they happily show parents and carers what we have been learning.