Welcome to the ‘Classroom of Joy!’
Joy Class welcomes 9 new reception children this year to our ever growing numbers. These children join our existing Year 1 children who are essential in helping us establish our routines with our newest recruits. The value we put on helping one another runs through everything we do and is reinforced by the pastoral work we do on the 6Rs and our school values. These are a priority as we start the new academic year.
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.
It is in Joy Class where children learn to read and we place a great emphasis on the daily teaching of phonics and encouraging a love of books which are ever present in our classroom.
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 this year with a History focus as we study the lives of Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria. The children have already loved learning about the differences and similarities in these two significant monarchs, gaining a greater understanding of the times they ruled over. From Royalty we move swiftly on to our Geography focus. Children are learning about the four countries that make up the UK and their distinctive traditions and cultures. After our October break learning will focus on Science and then Art leading up to Christmas.
As the year progresses, children will be exposed to many and varied themes as we explore different aspects of the non-core curriculum in a way that is relevant to them: Music, Drama, Art, Science, History, Geography, Computer Studies,
Design Technology and PE all go to form a broad and rich curriculum for our youngest children in the school.
Of course, a big part of our learning is outdoors. We start our forest learning looking for signs of Autumn. This will mark the beginning of our bservations for the year as we move steadily through the four seasons in our dedicated Forest School site. 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.