Hazel Class is brimming with excited, active learners from Foundation Stage and Year 1.
The children learn and develop their levels of enquiry through active indoor and outdoor play; understanding how best to collaborate and challenge each other while being fully immersed in their own learning or adult-directed activities.
Skilled questioning, enhanced provision and opportunities to explore allow the children to create and think critically and actively learn, under the guise of ‘having fun.’
I initially started work at Rolvenden back in 2002. I have taught in most year groups, but especially enjoy teaching those first steps in learning in Foundation Stage / Year 1.
I love the close relationships between staff, children and parents. I haven’t found another school like it.
Finding out what makes every child unique and tapping into their own skills and areas of interest is the most exciting part of my job.
Since joining the school in 2005 I have had the pleasure of teaching all year groups in some capacity. The keenness to learn is as evident and strong in year 6 as it is when the children join us as 4 year olds and it is just a joy to see them developing in confidence and ability in so many areas of their young lives.
Getting to know each child and family well and sharing all the extra-curricular activities with the Rolvenden ‘family’ is what makes this school so very special.
This is my 14th year as a teaching assistant at Rolvenden. We really are one big family. The values learnt here transition with the children to their secondary schools and beyond.
The safe secure environment here provides the basis for super learning. The best part of my job is seeing our pupils grow in confidence.
I feel so privileged to be part of the Rolvenden Team. I cannot think of another job where you leave at the end of the day with a smile on your face as big as the one you came in with.
During the past ten years, I have worked with children in various roles, from the ages of six months to eleven years all of which have taught me that every day you learn from the children as much as they learn from you. Every hurdle, tear and disappointment children experience is far outweighed by joy, achievement and ‘lightbulb moments.’ I simply love my job and always will.
FS children have chunks of Own Learning time throughout the day. This is a time where they can guide their own learning and make independent choices. It is the adults’ job to scaffold their knowledge, extend their thinking through careful questioning and sneak in some learning while they play!
From Term 2 the Year 1 children have less Own Learning time where they start Yr 1 Challenges. These are fun, curriculum-based challenges they can choose between during their Own Learning time.
Teacher directed activities are dotted throughout the day. These are shorter learning sessions with an objective delivered by the adults. It is at these times we teach specific areas of Maths, Literacy, Science and other subject skills. The children may then have independent or group play based activities to explore what’s been taught.
The children in Year 1 have slightly longer teacher directed activities.
Have a look below at all that we have planned for this year so far.
Great literacy and numeracy activities can be found here.
Purple Mash is an award-winning website for nursery and primary school children. It enables children to explore and enhance their knowledge in a fun and creative way. The children have a login for this program. Please ask in school if your child cannot remember it!
Scratch is a free programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations. The children have access to the program in school, check if they have a login. If not, it is free to sign up.
Times Tables Rock Stars is a carefully sequenced programme of daily times tables practice. Children from Years 1 – 6 have a login for this. Please ask in school if your child cannot remember it!