Pupils: Year 1 and 2
Teachers: Mrs Karina Jacoby (Monday-Wednesday) and Mrs Cathy Cumberlidge (Thursday-Friday)
Teaching Assistants: Miss Lisa Williams and Mrs Jo Keene
We work on the development of our reading, spelling, writing and mathematics skills each morning and have topic-based afternoon sessions with a different focus for different subject areas over the term. These cross-curricular topics develop scientific skills, knowledge of history, geography and computing, and also include art and DT, PE and music.
We are fortunate enough to have an outdoor learning area adjoining our classroom which is used by children in The Woodland and The Meadow. This space is used for group teaching, independent challenges and child-initiated activities. The children have access to a wide range of outdoor resources to enhance their development in all areas of learning.
As a church school we place a strong focus on the development of knowledge of the Christian faith and the appreciation and understanding of other religions. We engage in an act of worship each day through a lunchtime prayer, as well as class and whole school assemblies.
We follow the whole school behaviour policy and children are constantly praised and rewarded for excellent behaviour, work and effort in a variety of ways. We encourage children to develop pride in their behaviour, and therefore intrinsic motivation, this is reinforced in the classroom through verbal praise, “star of the day” and through whole-school reward systems.
We have very high expectations for both behaviour and learning. Children are encouraged to take a range of responsibilities in the classroom and are given jobs such as ‘cloakroom monitor’ and ‘librarian’. Everyone is expected to help staff to get out and put away equipment and to ensure that a classroom remains a tidy, well-organised learning area. Children are supported and encouraged to talk about times when relationships break down; to listen to one another’s views and feelings and to make appropriate reparations and build bridges when necessary.