Staff in our phase
Mrs Hampton and Mrs Mykytyn (Robins)
Ms Pereira and Mrs Oswald (Parrots)
Miss Squires and Mrs Smith (Penguins)
Mrs Strongman and Mrs Nash
How we learn
The main focus of teaching and learning in KS1 is for all children to become successful learners.
In the mornings, we have a daily phonics lesson based on the review, teach, practise and apply approach to teaching and learning. This is followed by English, where the emphasis is on looking at good quality texts to inspire a love for reading and writing in our children. In Maths, we use a variety of manipulatives to give our children a concrete understanding of the mathematical concept before asking them to represent their understanding in images and symbols.
We have a daily guided reading session where the children are given the opportunity to talk about their understanding of stories and books while decoding texts independently.
In the afternoons, we follow a broader curriculum. Our topic work is based on the national curriculum objectives but we aim to incorporate additional enrichment activities which are designed to inspire and extend the children’s learning experiences.
What we are learning this term
Our first topic this term is all about getting to know the children and through our English text -'Giraffes can't dance' by Giles Andrea we will look at the importance of persevering and embracing a challenge. In our PSHCE and Circle time activities we aim to create a sense of belonging within each class and work on co-operation and respect for all.
We will start off with looking at the present explorations of space - the expedition to Mars and the one to Jupiter next year before going on to look at the history of space travel. We will closely look at the life and achievements of Neil Armstrong, Tim Peake and Helen Sharman as part of our understanding of individuals who have contributed to national and international achievements. In English, we will use 'The way back home' by Oliver Jeffers to work on adjectives, noun phrases and conjunctions.