Chirton Primary


Welcome to the ‘Classroom of Joy!’

Joy Class welcomes 15 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 Year 1 Literacy our story writing is a focus, concentrating on sentences and punctuation rules which are so important in early writers.  We explore new vocabulary which will form part of our writing toolkit as we move up through the school. Children are exposed to a wide variety of texts in different contexts to build word banks and literary techniques which can then be used effectively in their writing. While Year 1 are writing daily during their literacy lessons, Reception are much more engaged in the verbal process, working on sequencing of stories, role play and games around a text.

 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 Great Fire of London.  We then move on to learning about Humans and Animals, comparing and contrasting in our Science investigations.  After our October break our focus shifts to Geography.  Children will be learning about the four countries that make up the UK and their distinctive traditions and cultures.  Children will then be immersing themselves in 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 observations for the year as we move steadily through the four seasons in our dedicated Forest School site. Use of our newly completed “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 as a volunteer to one of our Forest School sessions or as a Reading Champion.

 We look forward to seeing you soon.

Mrs Pender, Mrs Camacho, Miss Harris and Mrs Forshaw and the children of Joy Class