Class 1

Welcome to Class 1.

Welcome to Class 1.

Our class is a fantastic place to start on our learning journey through Redmile School.

Our children settle in very quickly and soon feel happy, safe, and secure in their new environment. We work together with parents and childcare providers to promote readiness for the final stage of the EYFS within school and a readiness for learning in Key Stage 1.

As a result of a sensitive and nurturing approach to our new friends, our children are keen to learn, are engaged with the world around them and quickly become more confident and independent learners.

We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 class. The topics we study are centred around an ethos of staff creating wide ranging learning opportunities and outcomes that meet the criteria outlined in the Foundation Stage curriculum for Reception children and the National Curriculum 2014 for Year 1. Learning is tailored around the needs and interests of the children and we work with the whole school on termly topics such as Beast Quest, Space and Inventions.

During the morning we focus on the discreet teaching of phonics through the Read Write Inc programme, topic based literacy and maths, using indoor and outdoor differentiated tasks and activities to promote active learning.

The Read Write Inc programme for phonics is taught in small groups on a daily basis and regularly evaluated to meet the phonological needs of the children.

After lunch we enjoy cross curricular topic work which includes RE, science and music. Children love to dress up, construct amazing models, sing, dance and ride bikes, all with lots of laughs along the way.

Class 1 have weekly PE lessons, focusing on core movement and ball skills, games and gymnastics; Year 1 children go swimming with Key Stage 2 children during the spring and summer terms. We also learn to dance with Miss Cheryl, which the children get very excited about.

In addition to this, Class 1 learn Spanish and we have a Woodlands Adventure Programme in our own school grounds; both programmes are delivered by qualified trained specialists.

The aim of the woodlands programme is to build on children's natural instincts to learn and explore using the outdoor environment, developing language and communication skills as well as team work and physical skills. It offers opportunities for children to make choices for their own learning and to take and manage risks in a safe, supportive environment. Development of these skills encourages creativity, independence, positive attitudes and behaviour plus social, personal, spiritual and health education.

Throughout the year we will also aim to enrich the children's learning with a mix of trips out and visitors who come into school to add that extra special dimension to our learning. The children also love working with the older children on special projects in RE and charity events.

Our Learning

Find out what we are learning in Class 1:


We like solving problems with our friends.
Planting things in our school grounds.

We love to explore our woodland area.
Dressing up as our favourite story characters for World Book Day.

Making pictures and colouring. We like drawing and using our imagination.
We like playing games to help us learn about numbers.