As your child comes into Form I they will be ready and excited to carry on their learning having completed their Reception year. Form I is an important year in the transition from play-based learning to more formal learning. The children in Form I continue to have access to an outside area and play-based activities but this is alongside the more formal completion of activities for the Key Stage 1 curriculum. Each class has one Qualified Teacher, supported by a Teaching Assistant, who uses key elements from the National Curriculum to build upon prior learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Your child will enjoy a full and wide range of experiences supported by their Form teachers and all of our specialist teachers that they will have already formed a relationship with in Reception. All of these teaching and learning opportunities will continue to promote not only your child’s active engagement, but their growth in learning, independence and motivation.
Following some of our topics during the year, Form I children will have a termly year group trip. For their Castle topic in the Michaelmas term, the children visit Arundel Castle for a day of finding out about castle life through the ages. In the Lent term the children visit Brooklands Museum looking at transport from the past and the mechanics of how different forms of transport work. Finally, as part of the Summer term topic ‘Under our Feet’ the children spend the day at Nower Wood doing pond-dipping and exploring the natural world and the life cycles of animals.
Being part of the wider school community is very important and Form I join the whole school for assemblies three times a week as well as being fully involved in other areas of school life such as class assemblies, House events, Sports Days and the Key Stage 1 Nativity play. They are also part of our community outreach programme and visit the residents in a local care home regularly.