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Years 1/2 - Apple Class

Class teacher Mr Dan Darlow

Class overview

Welcome to Apple Class. We're a lively, mixed class with a lot of friendly faces. We're on the corner of the KS1 playground. We have a mix of year 1 and year 2 children. We are closely partnered with both Cherry class, who also have year 1 and year 2, and with chestnut class who have year 1 and reception children.

In Apple class Mr Darlow is our class teacher, although he is not in class on Wednesday afternoon. In the mornings, Mrs Tarring provides support with small groups and individual children.


As Key Stage one children, Apple class are expected to develop their learning behaviours and settle into a responsible learning pattern. We take the National Curriculum as the basis of our learning and tailor it to the different requirements of the children in the class. To find out more about what we are learning this term, you can download the topic web using the link on the right hand side of the page.

Homework will be given out on Fridays. There is no requirement to bring anything to school from the homework, it is given to support the children in the class, to embed the learning we have done in the week and to prepare the children for the next week. A reading book and a library book will be sent home on Friday together with a reading record booklet. These need to be returned by Wednesday so that they can be exchanged for new books.

Life in Apple Class

Apple Class are friendly, helpful and enthusiastic. We all are keen to share our ideas and show what we can do. We are working on settling quickly to our learning and to develop our independent learning styles. We love to show interesting objects to one another and we love reading aloud to the rest of the class.

Supporting your child

There are so many ways to support your child's success. Reading with your child is a great way to start. Ask them questions about what they are reading and what the story means.

In maths we are going to work on our problem solving skills and our mental maths mastery along with the skills we need to succeed in maths. There is a link to the mental maths mastery skills below. If you would like to help your child in their mathematics the school written calculation policy is also linked to below.

Cambridge is full of museums, which are loaded with opportunities to practise research skills and develop curiosity. We are always interested in exciting places the children have been and opportunities they have had.

Useful resources

Homework - Week ending 6th January


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