Class 1

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Welcome to Class 1’s website page!

Class 1 is a mixed Foundation Stage Class.  We have a mixture of up to 15 full time Reception aged children (aged 4 and 5) and up to 8 pre-school aged children (age 3 and 4) Children can be admitted into our Nursery the term after their third birthday, for further details about our Nursery please click here.

Academic standards are very high at St. John’s and we are consistently in the top group for Foundation Stage end of year results in Staffordshire. Lots of St John’s pre-school children progress into the Reception year group the following September being able to read. Our Recent Ofsted inspection highlighted the excellent academic standards reached in our Foundation Stage class and they were amazed at the children’s reading, writing and number standards.

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The principal focus of Mathematics teaching in our Foundation Stage class is working towards ensuring that children can read, write and order numbers up to 20 as well as learning to estimate and touch count. A substantial amount of time is spent on learning a range of strategies to add and subtract single digit numbers. At this stage, pupils develop their ability to solve a range of problems, in play and during real life situations. During this stage, pupils are taught to recognize a range of 2D and 3D shapes and to identify the properties of these shapes. They also use a range of measuring techniques and learn to understand size comparisons such as taller, shorter.

 How can I support my child in Numeracy?

  1. Make the most of your opportunities at home. Talk about weights and amounts when you cook. When you shop, talk about the simple prices; add up the cost of small amounts of shopping. How much change will there be? Count everything-stairs, cutlery, cars. Share things out between 2 people eg sweets. All of this will help your child become confident with Numeracy and also see the value of it in the wider context.

Play games with your child. Many card games and board games use number skills like counting in order and working out who has the highest score. Try Snakes and Ladders and Bingo. Make your own boards, cards and counters – Let your child write the numbers. Sing number songs.

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During the Foundation Stage a Phonics scheme is implemented straight away. Here your child will quickly learn all of the letter sounds and will begin to blend the sounds together to read simple words. They will learn a variety of non-blendable words by memory such as ‘the’ and by the end of the Foundation stage most children will be able to read a reading book fluently. Along side learning to read children are taught how to form letters, write and spell a range of words. By the end of the Foundation Stage most children will be able to write sentences.

How can I support my child in Literacy?

  1. Read to your child as much as possible.
  2. Practise your child’s Phonics homework regularly.
  3. Hear your child read often when they have a reading book.
  4. Practise Link book spellings regularly.
  5. Give children lots of opportunities to write for different purposes: letters, postcards, a diary, birthday cards, e-mails etc.
  6. Talk about what children are learning about in class – and anything else you want to discuss.

The topics for this year are:

Autumn Term 1 –

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A Science based unit which encompasses investigating our bodies, senses and keeping healthy.

Autumn 2 –

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A Multi-cultural based topic, which centre’s around celebrations around the world. We learn about Bonfire night, Divali, Christmas and Chinese New Year.

Spring 1 & 2 –

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A Science topic looking at the animals and geography of the Arctic. Children will learn about melting and freezing and compare it to the Antarctic.

Summer 1 –

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A themed unit focusing on Sea creatures and water based experiments such as floating and sinking.

Summer 2 –

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A fun way to end the year, focusing on Rainforest animals and their habitats as well as time for growing plants.

Religious Education

Class 1 will follow the Diocesan Scheme of work for RE, taught on a Wednesday and Friday afternoon.

Physical Education

PE lessons will take place on Tuesday afternoons . Tuesday’s lesson is taken by by qualified sports coaches. In PE the children will be taught Games, Gymnastics and Dance according to the Local Authority’s Scheme of Work.