Class One

Welcome to Class One! 


Class One contains both nursery and reception pupils.  Mrs Wilkinson is the class teacher and Mrs Brewster is the higher level teaching assistant. Below is general infomation you will need to know about the routines in our class.

How will my child learn?

At Thornton in Craven school, your child will be taught in a mixed age class.  This has many benefits.  It allows your child to learn according to their stage of development.  Children learn through adult led activities or open-ended child initiated play.  They are given time to explore and investigate both indoors and outdoors.  In our school, we deliver a topic based curriculum.  Our topics range from year to year but they are based on children’s interests and areas relevant to our local area. Topic webs for each half term are attached below. 

Areas of Learning

During the school day, nursery and reception children learn by taking part in whole class activities or group work.  They also spend time choosing activities that they would like to explore both inside and outside.  Adults sometimes support their play to develop their investigative skills or they will be allowed to explore independently. Activities are set up to enable children to achieve their next steps in learning. We have a rainbow challenge system where children are expected to complete a range of activities throughout the week. 

Provision areas

Provision areas are available inside and outside.  This is where resources are stored so children are familiar with where to access materials that interest them. We have:

  • A writing/art trolley which holds paper, pens, pencils, art materials, scissors and fastenings. 
  • A painting area both inside and outside.
  • A role-play area
  • Small world area
  • Construction area
  • Reading area
  • Plus numeracy resources, games, ICT equipment, sand and water.

Pictures of our classroom are below.

Learning Journeys

Your child’s progress will be documented in a file called a learning journey.  These will be shared with you at parents’ evenings.  We document your child’s learning, play and achievements at school. Our staff, will continuously assess your child against the criteria in the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile.  This will be done by observing the children both inside and outside.  We record learning journeys using an online app, Tapestry. Parents can download the app to view their childs learning journey.

As a parent, your contribution is essential.  Please tell us about your child’s interests and achievements outside of school such as recognizing numbers or reading signs outside of school, learning to ride a bike or learning to swim. Parents can upload thier childs learning out of school onto Tapestry - this is encouraged!


Your child will need a bookbag to transport their reading books and homework to and from school each day. Your children will be given two weekly homework tasks. One for phonics and one for numeracy.  We would appreciate your support by ensuring that these are completed each week. 


Children are sent reading books when they are ready. It is encoruaged that you read at home daily with your child - both them reading to you and you reading to them. Please discuss the book you are reading and ask questions to check your childs understanding.


We have a PE session every week which is delivered by specialt PE coaches from Kanga sports. Children should come to school every Wednesday in their PE kit so they can take part in this. 

Outdoor learning

In Class One we love to get outdoors and use the outdoor environment to support our learning. As the weather isnt always on our side please could children have waterproofs and wellies in school so we can go out and explore whatever the weather!

COVID Home learning:

If your class 1 child is having to isolate at home then links for remote learning on day 1 can be found below in the attachments. Thre is a day 1 outline and documents to support this too.  Your child's teacher will then be in touch with other work if your child has to stay at home for an extended period.






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