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Last updated 25/08/10

The Classes


At the present time we have four classes. It is inevitable that some year groups have to be split. The make up of each class this year is as follows:


Most children will enter Class 1 in their Reception year. This is the year in which they have their fifth birthday. Children will be four when they enter school and at this stage we see that constructive play and practical experience are vital parts of the teaching approach, following the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.

Most of the work is approached from the child’s personal experiences on which we build.

We also see that the foundations are laid for the learning of basic literacy and numeracy skills. Great emphasis is placed on the social, as well as the educational, needs of the child. We believe in the value of all of our children as individuals and aim to give them the best possible start to their education.

As the child continues in Class 1 they will become, after their reception year, Year 1 children. There will be greater emphasis placed on more ‘formal’ education and the work will be appropriate to their level.

We strive to make the pattern of teaching and learning similar in all our classes, the main differences obviously being that the work is approached at the appropriate level for the child. In most lessons the teacher will introduce the lesson to the whole class as a group.

After this they may be split into smaller groups to continue working on the subject at their own level. This may sometimes be in age-related groups, ability or mixed ability groupings.

As the children move through the school we expect them to become increasingly self reliant and responsible. In Class 4 this is especially so as the children move towards the end of Year 6 when they will be leaving us and going on to Secondary school.

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