Welcome to Class 1! From the age of 4, children enter our classroom and embark on their fantastic learning adventure at Great Ellingham School. Mrs Chamberlin is our class teacher, and she is supported by Mrs Spurgeon and Miss Flatt. Our aim in Class 1 is to give each child a happy, positive and fun start to their school life in which they can establish solid foundations on which to expand and foster a deep love of learning.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and teach children the broad range of knowledge and skills needed for good progress through carefully planned guided and interactive play-based learning sessions. We use our daily Sound Write sessions 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 skills. Hands-on activities also help the children's understanding of numbers to progress. We have weekly Forest School sessions to support our teaching of a broader curriculum and further develop a connection to Nature.
We encourage children to develop independence in their learning in a supportive environment where they experience success and build confidence by working towards personal goals. We support the children to work and play with others, to share and learn with their friends. The older children in the school play a significant part in this, providing an example and role models to our new intake.
We feel that working alongside parents and carers is very important. We welcome parents in to the classroom to hear readers, support us at Forest School and much, much more! Each term we invite parents and carers to our class learning cafés where we share stories, craft activities and either a key reading or maths skill. Each year Class 1 share their learning through a class assembly where they happily show parents and carers what we have been learning.
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