Welcome to Class 1

We are a small but energetic Reception class taught by Mrs Shaw. At the moment we are also supported by two student teachers Miss Hargrave and Miss Firth. Michaela teaches us PE on a Tuesday and Thursday.

Things to remember:

Daily: Named water bottle, reading book and yellow reading record, red home learning book

Monday: Reading books changed

Tuesday: PE afternoon


Thursday: PE afternoon

Friday: Reading books changed, visit the school library

April Maths Challenge

Our Monthly Maths Challenge!

We are very excited to launch our brand new ‘Maths Masters’ for this year.

Are you ready for each daily challenge? Will you manage to complete all of the questions?

Answer 10 for bronze, 20 for silver and all 31 for gold!

Take a look at April's challenges by clicking the monster!

Our Timetable

Our timetable changes through the year as the children build up more stamina for longer whole class learning sessions.


For more information on our EYFS Curriculum, take a look at our Curriculum pages.


TapestryRunnymede Pre-School - Tapestry Journal

Don't forget to upload any pictures or learning from home onto Tapestry, our online learning journey. Alternatively, use of the paper copies of the observation sheet, in the document downloads below.


Non-decodable / 'Tricky words'

Class 1 Documents


The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child’s own natural desire to learn.”

- Maria Montessori

The Early Years Curriculum

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is how the Government and Early Years professionals describe the time in your child’s life between birth and 5 years. The Reception year is the last year of the EYFS. EYFS follows its own curriculum divided into seven areas. These areas are made up of prime areas and specific areas, that are further split into 17 Early Learning Goals that are the aim for the end of the year.

The prime areas are:

  • Personal, social and emotional development (making relationships; self-confidence and self-awareness; managing feelings and behaviour)
  • Communication and language (listening and attention; understanding; speaking)
  • Physical development (moving and handling; health and self-care)

The specific areas are:

  • Literacy (reading; writing)
  • Mathematics (numbers; shape, space and measures)
  • Understanding the world (people and communities; the world; technology)
  • Expressive arts and design (exploring and using media and materials, being imaginative)

At the end of Reception, children are assessed to say whether they are emerging, at the expected level or are exceeding each of the Early Learning Goals. See below for documents giving more information about the Early Years Framework and Goals.

At the beginning of the year, we have a long term plan, that is then tailored over the year to support children’s individual needs and interests. We assess children through teacher observations of independent learning and through 1:1 tasks. The assessment is recorded on Tapestry – an online learning journal. Parents and Carers can access the observations and also add their own; allowing a rich overview of a child’s abilities and interests at home and in school.


Children will often use and develop mathematical language and skills naturally in play. Their innate mathematical sense and skills are developed through enabling maths in the areas of provision through a variety of resources and opportunities. We also have discrete daily maths lessons, following White Rose Schemes of Learning. We use Numberblocks to introduce numbers of the week. 

For further information about Maths in EYFS at Aberford see the Maths Curriculum page.


Encouraging a love of early reading, the classroom is full of rich and engaging fiction and non-fiction books. Each half term we introduce an author of the half term, through which the children get to know a variety of books and authors. Shared reading of quality books is a daily practice, with more formal Guided Reading introduced in the Spring. As Einstein's quote goes, "If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales." Throughout the year we explore and immerse ourselves in a number of traditional tales. Children enjoy recounting the stories and this helps to develop their story composing skills.

We have daily discrete phonics lessons, based on Letters and Sounds, with the Read, Write Inc letter formation rhymes. We start the year recapping Phase 1 skills, before teaching the simple sounds of Phase 2, continually working on our segmenting and blending for writing and reading. Later in the year we move onto Phase 3 sounds that include digraphs and trigraphs, and then onto Phase 4 skills and words.

We also focus a great deal on children’s gross and fine motor skills to ensure they develop physically able to hold a pencil and form letters. There are many skills needed before pure reading and writing, and we ensure all the building blocks are in place. 


Transition into Year 1

We are lucky to have a close relationship with the KS1 class (Class Two), which really supports a smooth transition for the Reception children into Year 1 at the end of the year. We know that as Reception is the first year of school at Aberford, it is also the foundation stone for all future learning. These documents, below, show how the EYFS feeds into the National Curriculum that starts in Year 1 and continues for the rest of their school life.

How the skills taught across EYFS feed into the National Curriculum Subjects

Class 1 - Recommended Reads

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