Class One contains reception, year 1 and year 2. Our teacher is Miss Hacking. The higher level teaching assistant is Mrs Balderston and our teaching assistants are Mrs Acornley and Mrs Teal
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. Nationally, year 1 can be a difficult transition year for children as they need to become accustomed to a new teacher or formal teaching. At our school, this isn’t a problem as children have two years to become secure in a classroom with familiar adults.
“Pupils love coming to school. They arrive on time and attend regularly.” Ofsted December 2013
Themes and Topics
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.
An overview of our curriculum is available on our website.
Areas of Learning
During the school day, 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.
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. There is:
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
Plus numeracy resources, games, ICT equipment, sand and water.
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 may record it in different ways such as using photographs, sticky notes, labels, and longer pieces of writing.
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.
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 literacy and one for numeracy. We would appreciate your support by ensuring that these are completed each week.
Daily reading and practicing phonics is also essential (even five minutes a day makes a huge difference).
There are two formal parent consultations. One in Autumn term and one in Spring. If you want to speak to us at any other time however, please feel free to do so. At the end of the year, you will be given a written report.
Our long term plan can be accessed here: