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Y1 Paired Guided Reading

Finding My Way - Infants

Lady Barn’s 5 to 7-year-olds are housed in the Richard Stone building.

There are three classes in Year 1 and three in Year 2, each with a maximum of twenty-two children. The six infant teachers and their teaching assistants are dedicated to fostering a happy, fun-filled, creative environment for the children. Nurtured as individuals, each child’s specific learning needs are central to our planning. Underpinned by a strong emphasis on English and Maths, the curriculum also introduces the children to a wide variety of other subjects taught by specialists. These include Humanities, Religious Education, Games, PE, IT, Music, Mandarin, Science, Drama and Art. To enhance learning we use a combination of writing, practical work, individual and group activities.

At Lady Barn, the Infant Library is a bright, colourful place. Our infant children have a library lesson every week and are encouraged to read across a wide variety of genres. A love of books and of reading is central to life at Lady Barn. Teachers, teaching assistants and parents play a collaborative role in helping the children to develop their enjoyment, fluency and understanding. In addition to a reading session, a Maths, English or learning activity is set for homework each evening.

In the Infant Department, we have over fifteen clubs including Yoga, Chess, Cookery, Eco-Club, Puzzle Club, Origami, Spanish, Lego, Gymnastics and Football. Our co-curriculum is as important as our academic offering because we believe that it is often these activities that light the fire within our children.

We produce and perform two Christmas shows in which all participate. The opportunity to have their moment on stage is so exciting for the children as the audiences show their appreciation for the three-humped camel, the mouse in Santa’s house or the whoops-a-daisy angel.

Our trip calendar is full. We visit places such as the Blue Aquarium, the Museum of Science and Industry, Quarry Bank Mill and Borrowdale. It is here that our Year 2s have the chance to stay for two nights at Glaramara, our wonderful Lake District home.

In the Infant Department, we pride ourselves on our inspirational teaching, our dynamic curriculum and the wide variety of clubs and trips we offer. All this helps our children to develop intellectually, artistically and physically, ensuring that they move on confidently to the next phase of their educational life.

Julie Brookes-Ward