Air Class is a mixed-age class of 5-7 year olds. Each year, approximately two-thirds of the class are Year 2 children, and one-third is Year 1 (the other Year 1 children are in Water Class).
The classroom is a detached building alongside the main playground, and is air-conditioned, has its own toilet facilities, and has a small study room. Air Class benefits from a large outdoor area which is used daily, throughout the year, no matter the weather. It is split into 3 main areas:
a covered, hard-surface area, for all-weather use;
an uncovered hard-surface area containing a raised flower bed, a playhouse and a water-wall;
a fenced, lawned garden containing a range of wooden climbing and role-play equipment.
The class teacher is Mr Canning, and the teaching assistants are Mrs Jamieson (Mrs J) and Mrs Padfield. The class is also supported by a little, brown furry friend: Bob the Dog.
As well as our own internal processes for assessing the children’s progress, statutory assessments set by the government are required in both Year 1 and Year 2.
All Year 1 children are required to take the Phonics Screening Check. This useful guide has been produced for parents.
All Year 2 children are required to take Statutory Assessment Tests (SATs). This useful guide has been produced for parents.
Here is our topic sheet for the Spring term. As always, we’re very excited about all the wonderful things we’re going to be learning about!
There are many activities your child can do at home which are fun and will help with their learning. One of the most important activities is independent play (away from a screen!). Don’t fill their waking hours with clubs, parties, trips, visits, etc., they also need time to just play. This is one of the best ways to allow their imagination and creativity to be set free, and for them to use their brainbox for problem solving. As one child said “play is what I do when I get bored.”
Singing Songs and Nursery Rhymes
Research has shown that singing songs/nursery rhymes with an adult helps children to develop their literacy skills more effectively. This should continue throughout Reception and KS1.
Whilst we teach them the skills of reading at school, it is through sharing books regularly at home that children become better readers.
regularly ready to your child, choosing a book that they cannot read themselves but can understand
regularly listen to your child read, talking about the characters and the story, not just focusing on reading the words on the page.
As your child progresses onto bigger books with more complicated stories, they will be asked to write book reviews at home to share with the rest of the class.