Mrs Fulop: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
Miss Graham: Wednesday
Mrs Barnes-Taylor: Teaching Assistant
Mrs Vincent: Volunteer Teaching Assistant
Mrs O'Neill: Volunteer Teaching Assistant
Otters class is a mixture of EYFS and Year 1 pupils. For the Reception children, the teaching is through play, games and adult-led activities. At the start of the EYFS we find out about the children by observing their play, joining with them in play and chatting together. The children then learn through short adult-directed sessions with time to consolidate learning through planned play activities.
As the children move into year 1, they begin to participate in more formal lessons and are encouraged to develop their learning independently. The children enjoy the responsibility of being role models within the class and helping their younger peers, whilst the younger children learn by observing and emulating the older children.
We are very lucky in Otters Class that our teaching assistant, Mrs Kace, is a trained teacher, and therefore whilst a mixed age range, each year group is able to be taught separately for key areas of learning such as reading, writing and maths.
The EYFS curriculum differs from the subjects taught across the rest of the school in year 1 to 6. There are three prime areas of learning:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
- Physical Development.
- Communication and Language.
And four specific areas of learning:
- Understanding the World.
- Expressive Arts and Design
Most subjects are taught in a cross-curricular manner allowing the children to understand how their learning links together.
Mrs Fulop teaches number and calculation, while Miss Graham teaches space, shape and measure. Most of the teaching in this area in the EYFS is through play-like activities and games. Teaching in year 1 continues to include using objects and practical resources to support written mathematics.
Each child has a maths passport and the targets are sent home so that children can practise at home too. On completion of each continent, children will receive a country or continent certificate
Communication, Language & Literacy (EYFS) and English (Y1)
The emphasis in the class is on the children developing clear communication skills and vocabulary through our whole curriculum, including topic work. Phonics is taught daily - we often use the outside environment as we love our 'messy phonic sessions'. Learning in phonics is practised and applied when we read or write at school or for home work.
Understanding of the World (EYFS) Science (Y1)
A different topic is taught each term. The children enjoy helping others learn by sharing their experiences of the wider world and using their problem solving skills to investigate their new topics
Physical development (EYFS) Physical Education (Y1)
Otters have two PE lessons each week - a lesson with the Acorn Trust PE team each Thursday and one with Miss Graham each Wednesday. PE kit should be in school every day. In terms 5 & 6, Otters swim during on a Monday, at Warminster Sports Centre.
In RE, we like learning through sharing the stories in the Bible and through stories important in other religions. We encourage the children to value the similarities and differences in beliefs, between all children and adults. We enjoy seeing our learning in practice, for example at the annual whole school Christingle service when we create a nativity tableau, or when we see the Bible stories dramatised in our weekly visit from “Open the Book” (a group of parishioners from the village church).
Otters class curriculum is enhanced by our visitors, whether it is a visit from the emergency services or a volunteer from the village hearing readers. In addition, we use our wonderful rural school and village environment to aid our learning e.g. building dens in the woods. We also have trips to extend our experiences and help us bring our topics to life.
In September 2018, our Reception children began to enjoy our newly refurbished bespoke outside play area. The new equipment which enhances the children's learning and enjoyment, was funded by our HSPA (Heytesbury School Parents Association).