Reception - Robins
When your child starts school they will be in their final year of the Early Years Foundation Stage. At Clifton All Saints Academy this class is called Robins. In Robins there are 3 dedicated members of the team; Mrs Lines is the specialist Early Years teacher, Miss Morgan is the full-time Teaching Assistant and Mrs Pereira is our part-time Teaching Assistant. Miss Lockhart works as an SEN support Teaching Assistant. Robins class work in their own purpose built unit comprising an indoor and outdoor environment. A typical day includes a combination of whole class teaching, small group work and plenty of opportunities for self directed child initiated learning. The children have regular opportunities to visit the main school including use of the ICT suite and the library as well as for Celebration Assembly and for lunch. During their time in Robins, the children's learning journey is captured through observations that allow the staff to identify personalised learning opportunities and possible next steps in their education.
Year 1 - Puffins
Hello! Puffins’ class are our Year 1 group. I’m Mrs Rose the Year 1 teacher and Miss Thomas is the class Learning Support Assistant.
During the first two weeks of the Autumn term independent learning activities are planned for the children similar to the way in which they will have been working in Robins Class. Towards the middle and end of the Autumn term and into the Spring term and throughout the Summer term we begin to work towards a more formal curriculum with more activities being whole class teacher-led tasks with table based working groups. Maths and English are usually timetabled for the mornings and the foundation subjects during the afternoon. Puffins also have P.E twice a week with the class teacher and Mr Smith (Premier Sport).
In Puffins all children are expected to complete their homework tasks. This homework covers both handwriting and spelling. The books will be marked for handwriting, and spellings will be tested in the form of a dictation every Friday. Letter formation is very important, so please correct your child if necessary. It will prepare them for joining their writing towards the end of the year, if they are ready.
We usually listen to readers 2/3 times a week but please listen to your child read as often as you can. This does not just have to be a book, it can be anything from signs, to the back of a cereal box! Books will only be changed by the adult reading with your child in school.
Although there is a lot to do in Puffins, we want to make learning fun and enjoyable, that is our aim!
Year 2 - Kingfishers
Hi, this is Mrs Steinfeld from Kingfishers’ Class. I work with Mrs Bidnell, our Learning Support Assistant and we’ve both been at Clifton ‘School’ longer than either of us dare mention. However we love the recent changes that have been made to the primary curriculum, it’s not easy but keeps us and the children ‘on our toes’, all learning new things together.
The children in Year 2 may initially find things a little challenging as we consolidate the learning from Year 1, learn some new exciting things and head towards those end of Key Stage SATS. Quoting a recent child’s view at the end of the last year, we’d managed to make SATS fun, we managed to find some of the things we lost during the year…..I’m as bad as the children and am still looking! …..and even though technology is “not always my friend” we use our interactive whiteboard for a lot of our learning.
We still do phonics, Maths and English most mornings alongside busy afternoons of RE, Science, History, Geography, PE, Art and so many more exciting activities.
In Year 2 we love Talent Shows, singing and performing and always try to put on a little show linked to our learning at the end of the summer term. Last year it was a performance of Eddie the Penguin Saves the World which was linked to our work on recycling.
We have lots of help in the classroom and like to make everyone feel welcome, using their time and talents gratefully to our advantage!
Year 3 Swallows
Hello, I am Miss Pepper and I am really excited to be the class teacher in Swallows class. We are very lucky to have Mrs Phillips supporting us in the mornings.
For the autumn term our topic is ‘Observing closely’. In year 3 we have our times tables and write words spelling test every Friday morning. The children have one week to learn their set of times tables and write word spellings. We use the Computer Suite on a Tuesday afternoon. We use our cross curricular skills to practice and learn our best! Swallow class has PE on a Tuesday and Thursday afternoon but please ensure that your child has their P.E kit in school every day and that they have something warm to wear for when we go outside including trainers or plimsolls. We enjoy both inside and outside P.E and we are very enthusiastic, getting our hearts beating very fast.
Our homework in year 3 will now consist of Reading, Timetables and Learning Logs. Children are expected to read at home and have their reading record signed by the adult that they read with. The children will have a fiction/non-fiction book for them to enjoy sharing with you at home. When they are ready to change their books they place them in the book box in their classrooms.
Lastly we work extremely hard in Swallow class but always have fun.
Year 4 - Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are our Year 4 group. Their teachers are Mrs Infante and Ms Sykes with Learning Support Assistant Mrs Jackson.
As the oldest year group in the school, the Year 4s take turns to be the daily monitors; supporting the office, helping at break times as well as assisting during Collective Worship. There is also the opportunity for some children to become ‘Sports Leaders’ and Leaders of the School Council.
As part of their Music curriculum, the children take part in the Young Voices concerts at the O2 arena in London in January. In the summer term the children have swimming lessons as part of their PE curriculum.
Our Year 4 teachers work closely with staff from the local middle schools to ensure there is a smooth transition.