Class 1 Blog

Class 1 is where our reception children begin their time at Sywell CEVA Primary School.  The maximum size of the class is 15 children and is made up of only Reception age children.

The class has two teachers, Mrs De Meo and Mrs Shortland and full time Teaching Assistant cover is delivered by Mrs Cave, Mrs Pontin and Miss Hammond.

We understand the significance of the children’s transition into school and work hard to support parents and pupils in making this a gradual process, with ‘Come and Play’ sessions where the children are invited to visit the school in the summer term prior to starting full time in the September.  We endeavour to keep our links with parents close throughout the year and on occasions, have sessions within the school day where parents can attend and spend time working alongside their children.

The Curriculum

In Class 1 we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) a curriculum which covers the children’s learning from 0-5 years.  In this, the final year of the curriculum, the children are working towards the 17 Early learning Goals (ELG).  These fall under 7 Areas of Learning: 

The Prime Areas: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.

The Specific Areas:  Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design

The delivery of the curriculum involves practical learning wherever possible, both teacher and child led.  The children always have access to the Outdoor Covered Area of the classroom.  When children are not completing adult led tasks, they can choose to take part in imaginative, creative and physical tasks. 

Over the course of the year, we aim to develop the children’s independence within school and in managing their own belongings and time within the classroom.  Close links are maintained with Class 2 in order to support the progression into Key Stage 1 at the end of the year.

Teaching and Learning

Over the course of the year, we have 6 topics.  Each week a focus text is used to support our work and where possible links are made to it in all areas of the curriculum.  The topics covered are:

All About Me                     Ahoy There

Yum, Yum                          Out of This World

Rescue Me                         Growing Up and Moving On

For Literacy we use the scheme Read, Write Inc. in order to deliver and support the children’s learning.  A workshop is provided for parents in order to explain how this works and the ways in which you can support your child at home. 

Assessment within the classroom is carried out through observation of the children and is ongoing.  This is then used to ensure that the planning is designed to meet the individual needs and interests of each pupil.