Reception - Robins
Hello and welcome to Reception at Clifton All Saints Academy. We are Robins and we love to learn through our environment and experiences. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and work towards reaching the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Reception Year. We are blessed with a well resourced indoor and outdoor environment which allows for rich purposeful play and self directed learning. We take part in whole class learning, group work and child initiated learning. Our learning is captured through photographs, videos and observations that allow staff to identify personalised learning opportunities and plan for possible next steps.
In Robins we have three experienced members of the team; Mrs Downer is the specialist Early Years teacher, Miss Morgan is the full-time Teaching Assistant and Mrs Hook is our part-time Teaching Assistant. Miss Fox and Miss Saggers work as SEN support Teaching Assistants.
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. After this time, we work towards a more formal curriculum with more activities being whole class, teacher-led tasks, with table based working groups. Phonics, maths and English are usually timetabled for the mornings and the foundation subjects such as R.E, science, history & geography, art, ICT and PHSE during the afternoon. Puffins have P.E twice a week - on Monday afternoon (with the class teacher) and on Thursday afternoon (with Mr Henighan from Premier Sport).
In Puffins, we send out handwriting and spelling homework on a Friday. The homework book should be returned on Thursday, reading for marking and the weekly class spelling test. Letter formation is very important, so please correct your child if necessary. This will prepare them for joining their writing in Year 2, 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.
Our class mascot is Colin the chameleon! Should your child bring him home, please remember to return him to class the following day. Remember – Colin loves to listen to stories so please encourage your child to read to Colin when he stays overnight.
Although there is a lot to do in Puffins, we want to make learning fun and enjoyable, that is our aim!
Year 2 - Kingfishers
Hello, I am Miss Pepper and I am really excited to be the class teacher in Kingfishers class. We are very lucky to have Mrs Phillips supporting us in the mornings.
For the Autumn term our topics are ' Inspiring People' and 'Frozen Planet'. We have PE on a Tuesday and a Thursday afternoon so please make sure that you have your PE kit in school on those days, 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.
Homework in Year 2 is linked to reading and spelling and we would encourage children to work really hard on reading at home regularly and practising their spelling so that they can become proficient readers and writers and enjoy doing both.
Year 3 Swallows
Welcome to Year 3 Swallows Class.
Our teachers are Ms Sykes on a Monday-Thursday and Mrs Steinfeld on a Friday. Mrs Jackson supports us with our work every morning. On Wednesday afternoon, we have a PE lesson with Premier Sport and a computing lesson with the other Mrs Sykes!
PE days are Wednesdays and Fridays, when we need an outdoor and indoor PE kit. Some of us do yoga on a Monday too.
We work very hard in Swallows Class and we are always willing to ‘have a go’. During the week we are very fortunate to have many adults who help in our classroom; listening to us read, helping to create displays and supporting our learning. At home we try to read regularly and learn our Write Words. We sometimes have Home Learning linked to our topic which might involve cooking, making models, writing or art work. This year our learning is linked to different topics including the Romans, World War 2 and Healthy Bodies.
Swallows Class is great fun, we are always busy asking questions and explaining our ideas to others. We are a very kind and friendly class who enjoy sharing things we have learnt at home and try to always show the school values.
Year 4 - Woodpeckers
Woodpeckers are our Year 4 group. Their teacher is Mrs LInes who is supported in the mornings by Mrs Gibson.
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 staff work closely with staff from the local middle schools to ensure there is a smooth transition.