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Reception / Year 1 - Chestnut Class

Class teacher Miss Juliana Mandra

Class overview

Welcome to Chestnut class.

We are a mixed EYFS/Y1 class who learn in room 2.

There are 12 Reception and 8 Y1 children in our class and our teacher is Miss Mandra supported by HLTA Mrs Ling.

On Fridays, when Miss Mandra is released from class for PPA and management duties, Mrs Ling is our teacher.

Other adults who help us in our class at different times during the week are: Mrs Wilson, Mrs Moore and Mrs Gray-Smith.


Our curriculum is a combination of the Early Years Foundation Stage and the Year 1 curriculum. We follow topics which provide a context for our learning. We also learn through child initiated activities that arise during independent learning time.


In Reception the children are provided with a stimulating learning environment which encourages learning through play - a fundamental part of early learning.

The school uses the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum to plan learning opportunities in the following areas:

Prime Areas:

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking


Specific Areas:


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape,space and measure

Understanding of the World

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Being imaginative


Underpinning and running through all seven areas of learning are the characteristcs of effective learning. These represent fundamental processes rather than outcomes. They play a central role in the children's learning and in becoming an effective learner.


Characteristics of Effective Learning:

Playing and exploring - engagement

  • Finding out and exploring
  • Playing with what they know
  • Being willing to have a go

Active Learning-motivation

  • Being involved and concentrating
  • Keeping trying
  • Enjoying achieving what they set out to do

Creating and thinking critically-thinking

  • Having their own ideas
  • Making links
  • Choosing ways to do things


For Y1 children, learning is planned using the objectives from the National Curriculum for the below subjects:









PHSE and Citizenship

Learning links are made across both EYFS and Y1 objectives and learning opportunities for Y1 are provided within group and whole-class teaching as well as within the learning environment. Along with EYFS, Y1 children are encouraged to explore and learn through carefully planned play-based learning opportunities.

Life in Chestnut Class

We are a class of imaginative, inquisitive and focused children who are always ready to learn. We love exploring and finding answers to questions ourselves. 

All of our EYFS children have their birthdays in the Autumn term so we love this time of year! 

We are very lucky to have a mixed class! As the Y1s in our class know the rules and routines of the school already they make fantastic role-models for the younger children. Our Y1s also have the added benefit of an indoor and outdoor learning environment which is set up to enable them to learn through play and investigation. They are brilliant at this type of learning. The variety of opportunities on offer in Chestnut Class help our Y1 children to adapt to the demands of different learning tasks, including more formal ones. 

Weekly timetable

  Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri

Daily calendar, phonics, spelling punctuation and grammar (Year 1), busy learning.

Daily calendar, phonics, spelling punctuation and grammar (Year 1), busy learning, KS1 assembly.

Daily calendar, phonics, spellings test and new spellings (Year 1), busy learning, singining assembly.

Daily calendar, phonics, spelling punctuation and grammar (Year 1), busy learning.

Celebration assembly, handwritting, spelling punctuation and grammar (Year 1), busy learning.



Busy learning, maths

English (year 1), busy learning, maths

English (year 1), busy learning, maths

English (year 1), busy learning, maths

English, busy learning, maths

13.15-14.15 Guided reading, English, busy learning Guided reading, topic work, busy learning Topic work: nature walk Guided reading, music, busy learning Guided reading, Art, busy learning
14.30-15.30 Busy learning, story time, show and tell. Busy learning, story time, show and tell. Story time, show and tell. Spanish, story time, show and tell. Busy learning, library time, story time, show and tell.

Please note: the timetable may be changed from time-to-time as necessary

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Our current topic: Houses and Homes

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