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Woodpeckers Class

Welcome to Class 1

My name is Jemima Simpson and I am the class teacher for Woodpeckers Class at Marsh Baldon CE Primary School. I am so excited to be starting my teaching journey at the school. I have previously worked locally as a Teaching Assistant, and a one to one support for children with additional needs. I have worked in a range of age groups and specialise in Early Years and Key Stage One.  In the classroom, we are lucky enough to also have Amanda Hudson and Michelle Crawford five days a week as Teaching Assistants, and we also have Paula Roberts on a Wednesday, supporting the learning as a Teaching Assistant.  On a Tuesday, while I complete my Induction as an Early Career Teacher, Fiona Goyder teaches the class.  

Maths Overview

About our Class


Welcome to Class One, the class with the youngest children in the school.  We are a mixed year class of Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1.  Early Years Foundation Stage is the entry year to primary school and the children follow a curriculum based on play that is planned, structured, purposeful and responds to children's individual needs, interests and targets.  The Foundation Stage curriculum is split into the specific areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World and runs alongside the prime areas of Physical Development; Personal, Social and Emotional Development; and Communication and Language. 


Year 1 is the first year of the Key Stage 1 curriculum and this is where the children start to learn the National Curriculum. English and Maths are taught daily.  You will see from our weekly timetable the children also learn science, history, geography, PE, RE, PSHE, computing, art and music.  We teach  some subjects discretely and some through our class topic  We aim to ensure learning experiences are adapted to meet the children's interests, needs and experiences.