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Class 1

Class 1 is Reception and Year 1. This is taught by Mrs Joanna Butler

Class 1


Class 1 forms part of our Foundation Stage Unit at Culmstock Primary School, consisting of Foundation 2 and Year 1 children. The unit consists of two separate areas but with shared learning and outside spaces, providing the opportunity for our children to work alongside younger or older children to explore and learn together.



Being a mixed Foundation and Year 1 class provides the opportunity for all children to access their learning through a play-based curriculum. Particularly at the start of the year with it becoming more structured/formal, especially for year 1, as the school year progresses, in readiness for moving to their next year or class.


A typical day in Class 1 consists of Maths and Literacy activities in the morning. These start with shared learning time on the carpet before moving to separate activities.  When not taking part in adult led activities children access our continuous provision, where they can choose from various activities around the classroom to learn through play.


In addition to this, Phonics sessions are delivered every morning. Foundation 2 remain in Class 1 for these activities while Year 1 children join the Year 1 children in Class 2.


During the afternoon we cover topic work, PE sessions, guided reading and individual reading. If the children are not working with an adult, Foundation children continue to focus on different areas of EYFS curriculum, using their curiosity to explore through play with adults using effective questioning to broaden their understanding and learning.  Year 1 children also have the opportunity to extend and consolidate their learning through teacher led activities and additionally through a variety of independent and play-based learning opportunities.


In Class 1 we aim to create a friendly and stimulating learning environment where all of our children can be happy and confident to learn. We encourage our children to become more independent, but also to work as a team to learn and build upon their knowledge and understanding by taking part in a variety of adult led and child initiated activities.


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