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Class 1 2022 - 2023

Miss Chantelle Waite

Miss Chantelle Waite

This half term our topic is ‘Ourselves’. In our daily Literacy lessons will be exploring our book

(by Anna McQuinn) and accompanying song, ‘If you’re happy and you know it’. We will have fun copying actions and identifying body parts. Then we will move onto a sensory story based around ‘The Family Book’ by Tod Parr. We will be focusing on anticipation of story props and engagement with them. In phonics we will be developing our listening skills through a variety phase 1 activities, and will then begin learning the sounds of the letters; phase 2. We will have daily opportunities to explore mark-making both indoors and outdoors: in sensory materials, on paper, on chalkboard, on the interactive whiteboard or IPad etc. In Mathematics we will developing our understanding of number and numerical  patterns and will start by engaging with a variety of simple counting rhymes and songs. In the afternoons we will be enjoying a range of songs on the theme of ‘Ourselves’ in our daily Music and Movement sessions. We spend time exploring different musical instruments and how different sounds are made. We will also be experimenting with different materials and being creative and expressive whilst completing a wide variety of arts and crafts, malleable, and messy play activities!

This first half term we will be focusing on establishing routines and developing our understanding of expectations and boundaries. We are beginning to self-regulate and are learning to accept support from familiar adults to manage behaviour. We will be developing our listening, attention and communication skills, learning to follow simple instructions within routine activities, and using visuals to support our understanding. We will be becoming more familiar with Now and Next, simple visual timetables, choice and/or theme boards. We are developing relationships with other members of the class and class one supporting adults too. We explore activities set out within the different areas of continuous provision within our classroom daily. We love to play and keep ourselves healthy by being active in our lovely class outdoor area too! We also spend a lot of time working on our self-care and independence skills in class one. For example, we are currently learning to carry our own bags to and from taxi; wash and dry our hands and manage our own clothing with less support. 

In class one we strive to create a happy, safe, caring and stimulating environment where we can all learn and grow together 😊

Chantelle (class one teacher) and our lovely teaching assistants: Debra, Linda and Mikala

In class one we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum. For further information on the Early years foundation stage (EYFS) statutory framework please visit . Also see attached our Hillside EYFS Policy. 

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