Hummingbirds and Kingfishers

Our Teachers are: Miss Jones and Miss Sykes

Teaching Assistants are: Miss Mundy and Ms Woodhouse

Support Assistants is: Ms Tillotson

In Year 1, our lessons incorporate a combination of whole class teaching, small group work and individual work. In our classrooms we have provision for Role Play, Writing, Reading, Creative work, Construction and Maths. In each area there are activities for the children to complete, to consolidate prior learning. These become more structured as the year progresses.

The rationale behind this approach is to empower children to develop the skills they need to become independent life long learners. The Learning Environment contributes to children’s learning and it helps to develop enquiry skills and independent, critical thinking.

Interactive displays, high frequency words, technical and ambitious vocabulary, text features, book corners and easily accessible resources all contribute towards pupil progress.

​Each classroom has a topic display board. This shows the learning journey a class is taking and it includes pictures and examples of work. The display should include; what the children’s perceptions and understanding were at the beginning of the topic, what key questions the children wanted to find out and the tasks they were involved in to answer these questions.

From September 2022 home reading in year one will move online. Online home reading will be linked to our phonics scheme. The books will match the reading in school. We ask that parents and carers read to the children regularly throughout the year. This is in addition to listening to the children reading and, as with home reading, it includes talking about the story, predicting what will happen next, talking about the pictures and characters etc. Children should be listening to stories every day and should be reading to you at least 3 times a week, but more regularly if possible. We believe that developing reading skills and the understanding of text is fundamental in a child’s learning and that this is an area where parental support is vital.