Year 1 & 2

We are the Herons and we love being creative in our learning. We have a lovely bright and colourful classroom as well as other learning areas which we share with the Swans and Cygnets. Our classroom is where we listen, think, ask questions, learn, investigate, work together, try to be independent and most importantly, enjoy being with each other.

We have kind, caring and helpful people who help us. Our teacher is Mrs Knight and our teaching assistants are Mrs Milligan, Mrs Holmes and Mrs Wales. We love our teacher and helpers because they make learning fun, they encourage us to always try our best, help us to be independent learners and they are firm yet fair.

We work hard in the heron class as we have lots of very important skills to learn and develop during Key Stage One. During the morning session we do maths, literacy and phonics. These sessions usually begin on the carpet when Mrs Knight will be teaching us something new. We then work together, practising skills to develop our maths, reading and writing. We use lots of tactile and visual resources to support our learning and help us remember things. We then use our new skills to work through group tasks or independent challenges. We like to talk about out learning and know that it’s OK to make mistakes sometimes. If we are stuck, we know how to get help. It’s a hard-working and very busy morning for all. We love reading and do lots of reading in class; reading as a class, in groups and individually. We use a range of books to help us develop our skills including Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cat Readers and other books linked to our interests. We also do daily phonics sessions which are based on the Letters and Sounds progression, but our teachers find lots of exciting resources from lots of different places to make sure these sessions are fun.

After lunch, we are joined by the Swans when we do lots of exciting, interesting and engaging activities to support our cross-curricular topic themes. These may be art, science, geography or design and technology based tasks. We also have access to all areas of learning provision during the afternoons so we can engage in play-based learning too. We have weekly P.E sessions when a sports coach comes along to teach us new skills – multi-skills, games and athletics and golf have been some of the ones we have enjoyed recently. Other afternoons may include music, computing and guided reading.

Like everyone in our school, we like getting out and about by taking our learning outside of the classroom and into our local surroundings. We make use of our amazing school field and the outdoor learning area as often as we can. We use Bleasdale School gardens and Eaves Wood to also help us learn. We visit our village library to borrow books and enjoy spending time with our friends at Bleasdale School. To help us explore our topics in a fun and exciting way, we go on regular trips.

Circle Time is very important to us as it gives us all a chance to talk about our good times, our feelings, emotions and worries. Our outstanding behaviour and great attitudes to learning are rewarded by earning golden time on Friday afternoons. During this we enjoy free play, arts and crafts, dressing up, cooking and baking or simply enjoying a few moments peace and quiet.

Being a Heron is great!