Year 1 currently has 30 children. We generally do maths and literacy in the mornings and the children also have access to a small outside area. The children usually work around a literacy text to encourage writing and reading skills and develop spelling, grammar and punctuation. Maths is practical, as much as possible, and children are encouraged to record in a number of ways. We work on reasoning skills and understanding and applying concepts through maths talk and problem solving.
In the afternoons we learn through topic-based activities. There is one topic per term – Castles, Superheroes and Dinosaurs are some examples. These are often supported with educational visits; we have recently been to Arundel Castle. The class also has two P.E. sessions each week and we participate in offsite sporting taster opportunities during the year such as tri golf, racquet skills and rugby. During the Spring Term the children have swimming lessons each Wednesday afternoon at Havant Leisure Centre.
We use our outdoor environment around the school as much as possible to support our learning and have strong links with Chichester Harbour Conservancy which run workshops on sea life and coastal features for us.