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Ants Class
Reception & Year 1
Welcome to Ants, the Reception Class at Thriplow. We are also known as the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' (EYFS). The adults who teach in Ants are Miss B, Mrs Maloney, Mrs Watson, Mrs Walker and Mrs Symmons.
In our classroom, we enable our children to learn using a child-centred approach to teaching. This means that we place each individual child at the very heart of the learning process, ensuring children are active participants and that classroom adults support the development of children's agency. Our child-centred approach involves recognising and ensuring that our children have a right to make choices and decisions, and that children are capable of initiating their own learning with adults acting as facilitators of learning.
The children's learning in Ants Class is primarily play-based, and this happens through daily adult/child whole class carpet sessions, small group sessions, one-to-one sessions and child-led exploration of the classroom. The focal points of our main learning sessions include Phonics, Literacy, Maths, Physical Development, Handwriting, Religious Education, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design, French and Personal, Social and Emotional Development. Take a look at our Ants Class timetable available below to see our full schedule of learning.

Running parallel to these specific subject sessions, learning also takes place through the child-led play and exploration of the resources provided in our room and class garden during what we call 'Playful Learning Time'; these resources are known as the 'continuous provision'. These resources and the classroom layout have been designed and curated by the class teacher in order to engage, support, and challenge the children in their playful learning.

The 'continuous provision' is changed, developed and added to by classroom adults, creating further opportunities for challenge and consolidation; this is known as the 'enhanced provision'. During playful learning time, adults act as guides in order to build upon and enrich children's self-directed play and learning. Classroom adults are confident to adapt their teaching in order to follow children's individual interests as they arise, using a "planning in the moment" approach.

Take a look at the gallery below to see some photos of our children engaging in playful learning:

In summary, this range of approaches allow our children to learn, develop and practise skills and knowledge within and beyond the 'Seven Key Areas of Learning' and the 'Characteristics of Effective Learning' which are the focus of the Reception year, as outlined by the UK Government in the EYFS Statutory Framework. This enables children to achieve the seventeen 'Early Learning Goals' (ELGs) before they move into Year 1, forming the foundation of their school education.
What are we learning about in 
Ants Class at the moment?
Above is our Learning Overview for Summer 2 2021-22. For a closer look at this overview and overviews from previous half terms this academic year, download the .pdf file below.
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In Ants Class, the subject of 'Understanding the World' is explored through distinct carpet sessions, small group sessions and child-led play. The knowledge the children develop through 'Understanding the World' in Ants Class forms the foundation of their subject specific learning in History, Geography and Science as they move through their learning journey at Thriplow.
In Summer 2 we are investigating 'Stories from the Past' in our Understanding the World (UW) sessions. A copy of our current 'knowledge organiser' which details our current UW learning can be found below.
What do I need to know if my
child is in Ants Class?
At the beginning of the school year, all teachers host a 'Meet the Teacher' session for parents and carers. This session allows teachers to give an overview of the year ahead and creates space for parents and carers to ask questions.
Please find a copy of this year's presentation slides from the session (which include some handy links!) below: