Hello and welcome to Ash Class!
Year 1 are based in Ash Class in the mornings and split in the afternoons between Chestnut and Maple class.
Ash Class Teacher: Miss Martin
Teaching Assistant: Mrs Skene.
The classroom environment has a range of continuous provision and formal learning. All the children have access to any resource they may need to support their learning and are encouraged to engage practically in all lessons.
We start the day with some great energy, music and movement! A combination of Dough Disco (to work on those fine motor skills!), Squiggle while you wiggle and wake up shake ups!
We follow Read, Write, Inc. scheme for Phonics.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is a method of teaching reading and writing, which is centred around learning the sounds of the letters (phonics) and then blending them together to read words. The children also learn to break down words into individual sounds in order to write them.
We also use topic books (space, fairytales, dinosaurs, toys, under the sea, etc.) alongside phonics. To foster a love of reading and writing, keep children engaged and enthusiastic about applying the skills they have learnt in Phonics and to be able to use their writing skills independently.
The focus of our Mathematic teaching in Year 1 is to help pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words, and the four operations, including with practical resources (for example, concrete objects and measuring tools). We ensure that children have access to a wide range of practical math resources (concrete material) to support their understanding, then move onto visual images of the concrete items before introducing the abstract (numbers and symbols).
At this stage, pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare, and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. They will use a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time, and money.