Sycamore Class

Welcome to Sycamore Class

We are the Year 1 class and this is the first time the children are introduced to the National Curriculum and all this involves. The step up from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 marks an important stage for the children; no longer being the youngest children in the playground is an exciting concept and the school becomes ‘their’ school and something to be proud of. The guiding principle at this crucial stage is the notion that learning is fun and in Sycamore we aim to engender an enthusiasm for knowledge.

At the beginning of the year we endeavour to make the transition from the Early Years Curriculum to the National Curriculum as smooth as possible for each child. We continue ‘learning through play’ with a role play area, art and craft and drama taking an important part in English and Maths lessons.

As the year progresses the curriculum takes a topic based approach, allowing us to foster links across subjects to promote a greater understanding. Each topic focuses on a different curriculum area including History, Geography and Science and this year our topic titles include: ‘London’s Burning’, ‘Awesome Australia’ and ‘Digging it’.

Learning about a variety of text styles encourages huge strides in our writing, while listening to and participating in stories allows the children to explore, investigate and create. In maths we learn about number, shape, space and measure and it’s in Sycamore Class that we begin to record our progress in sums and charts.

For the latest Sycamore Class newsletter please click the link below. This contains more information about what we will be learning in Year 1 along with other relevant information. If you have any questions or concerns not covered by the newsletter please do not hesitate to contact me.

Miss Papworth-Smith