Holly Class

Welcome to Holly Class.

Welcome to Holly Class!

Our room is an exciting, vibrant place where our children are happy, safe, and secure in their environment.

We work together with parents to promote readiness for school, readiness for learning and readiness to have fun! Our children are keen to learn and quickly become confident, independent learners who work and play beautifully with their friends.

We are a mixed Reception and Year 1 Class. The topics we study are planned according to the criteria outlined in the National Curriculum 2014 for Reception and Year 1 but with our own twist. Learning is tailored around the needs and interests of the children. This year our termly topics are linked to our project based learning starting with ourselves and our key question is ‘What makes me, me?’ followed by ‘What is the past?'

During the morning we focus on phonics, literacy and maths, using differentiated tasks and activities to promote active learning. We follow the Read, Write Inc programme for our phonics, which is taught in small groups on a daily basis. After lunch we enjoy cross curricular topic work which includes RE, science, art and music. Children love to dress up, construct amazing models, sing and dance, all with lots of laughs along the way.

Holly Class have weekly PE lessons, focusing on movement and ball skills, games and gymnastics; the Year 1 children go swimming with the older children during the Spring term. We also learn to dance with Miss Cheryl and Yoga with Mrs. Ansell which the children get very excited about.

In addition to this, Holly Class learn Spanish, this programme is delivered by a qualified trained specialist. We also run a Woodlands Adventure Programme in our own wooded outdoor learning area; the aim of the programme is to build on children's natural instincts to learn and explore using the outdoor environment, developing language and communication skills as well as team work and physical skills. It offers opportunities for children to make choices for their own learning and to take and manage risks in a safe, supportive environment. Development of these skills encourages creativity, independence, positive attitudes and behaviour plus social, personal, spiritual and health education.

Throughout the year we will also aim to enrich the children's learning with a mix of trips out and visitors who come into school to add that extra special dimension to our learning. In Holly class we also love working with the older children on special projects in RE and charity events.

Our Learning

Find out what we are learning in Holly class:


We all enjoy being creative.
Being creative outside.

We love our learning indoors and outdoors.
Learning together.

Early writing.

Getting ready for our Woodland activities.
Woodland activities.

Reception Children receiving their bibles in church.
Joining in with Messy Fiesta.

We love PE with Mr Wing.
Making people biscuits.