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Beachy Head Lighthouse Class (FS/Yr1)

Welcome to

Beachy Head Lighthouse Class!


Our Teachers are Mrs Johnston & Mrs Kearns

(Mrs Johnston teaches on a Monday and Tuesday and Mrs Kearns teaches on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)


Our Teaching Assistants are

Mrs Vickers, Mrs Feghali-Brown,

Mrs Pankhurst & Mrs Timmis



Our Curriculum.

As a mixed Foundation Stage and Year One class, we will always ensure both year groups of children access the curriculum they require. Our mornings will focus on Maths and English, as well as Guided Reading and Phonics sessions. Foundation subjects, such as History, Geography and Art will be taught in the afternoon. Links will be made across both Year One and EYFS curriculums. On Fridays, our Foundation Stage children will join Lizard Lighthouse class next door for Friday Explorer sessions, further opportunities to build relationships with their peers and will be involved in activities with a greater focus on child-initiated learning. 


We will read with your child on a weekly basis during guided reading sessions. We would ask you to read with your child as often as possible at home too- it really does make a huge difference to their progress. They will bring books home from school, but reading books from home or from the local library is also great too! Talking with children about what they have read or asking questions about a story you have read to them is also invaluable and we are really grateful for your support in this area.


Book changes will happen on a Tuesday and a Thursday; they will be given time during the day to make a new selection. 



Spelling lists for year one children will be sent home via seesaw. Children will be tested on their spellings every Friday. The spellings may practice a particular phonic pattern, or be taken from the "common exception words" list of high frequency words that are tricky to spell.

Star of the Week

All children will at some point receive the title 'Star of the Week' this celebrates something unique about each child and that they have demonstrated the qualities of a 'Welcoming light', 'Guiding light', 'Shining light' or perhaps 'Leading light'. Children will get a certificate and their picture goes up on the wall in the classroom. Star of the Week is usually appointed on a Friday.


Our PE lessons will take place on a Tuesday and Thursday. Please ensure that your child comes to school in appropriate PE kits on those days. Our school PE kit is black shorts or joggers/leggings, a plain white t- shirt and trainers. We ask that other gym wear and football shirts are not worn.


Seesaw is a great resource. We use seesaw to share useful information with families as well as photos and videos of your child's super learning. It's also a great way for parents and teachers to communicate with each other. Please send us a message if you have any questions, worries or queries or even if you'd just love to share something your child/family have been up to and we will get back to you as soon as we can. 

House Teams

Every child has a house team. They will remain in the same house team throughout their time in our school.  Our four house teams are Dragons (Green), Griffins (Yellow), Pegasus (Blue) and Phoenix (Red). House teams are a whole school system for promoting good behaviour as children can receive house points from any adult in school and add it to their class tally. Tallies are collected each week and added to a running total until, at the end of a term, a winner is announced! The winning house will usually get to wear their own clothes one day during the following term. On Sport's Day and other house team challenge days, children can wear their house colours to represent their team.


Children in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One will be provided with a fruit snack every morning.

Children are to bring a water bottle in from home. These can be refilled whenever necessary.




Useful Information...

Autumn Term Year One Curriculum Map

Foundation Stage Autumn Curriculum Web




Useful links...

Jolly Phonics Letter Sounds

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Guidance on the enunciation of phonemes.