Welcome to the ‘Classroom of Joy!’
Joy Class welcomes 6 new reception children this year to our ever growing numbers. As a result establishing routines and working on the 6Rs is our priority as we start the new year; Mrs Camacho will be visiting us weekly to link this learning to RE. In Literacy our story making continues to be a focus as this helps us to verbalise those sentences and punctuation rules which are so important in early writers. It also helps us to embed story language and new vocabulary which will form part of our writing toolkit as we move up through the school. Presentation is very important in these early development stages and Reception children learn a pre-cursive style from the start. Year 1 children are now starting to use their well formed pre-cursive style to join their handwriting.
As always, maths permeates much of what we do and there are many opportunities for us to use our classroom based learning in the outdoors and across the curriculum as a whole. Number work is integral to our learning and we take every opportunity to practise our numbers, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in a practical way wherever possible
Our topic work begins the year with all things farm inspired, culminating in a Farmers’ Market at the end of Term 1 where we will sell produce that we have made over the course of the term. Like all our topics, this learning covers aspects of science, design technology, art, geography, history and computer studies, all in a way that is relevant to the children, embracing the chosen theme. This way the children have a real sense of purpose for their learning. Our topics change termly but always have an outcome in mind, ensuring relevance for the children.
Of course, a big part of our learning is outdoors. We will start our forest learning looking for signs of Autumn. This will mark the beginning of our observations for the year as we move steadily through the four seasons. Use of our “Classroom of Wonder” will be on-going with lessons taking place in this outdoor space where appropriate. We also are fortunate enough to have two wonderful spaces either side of our classroom where children can further apply their learning outdoors and initiate their own learning too.
There is always something exciting happening in Joy Class and we look forward to welcoming you in to our wonderful, busy classroom soon.
Best wishes from Mrs Pender, Mrs Bekker-Wrench, Mrs Forshaw and the children of Joy Class.