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Cherry Class

Welcome to Cherry Class!


We are a mixed class of children in Reception and Year 1.

Our Teacher is Miss Skelhon and our amazing TA is Mrs Valderas.

We are very lucky to have two classrooms where we learn new skills, a covered outdoor area and an uncovered outdoor area meaning we can enjoy lots of outside learning come rain or shine!

Our ethos is to develop happy, confident and independent children who feel able to reach their potential within a safe and encouraging environment.


This page will be updated regularly, with photographs and information, so you can share our learning journey with us.





Forest School Fun

Summer Term 2020-21

Below is the 'Summer A Curriculum Map' showing an overview of the learning taking place this half term.

Spring Term 2020-21

Although the spring term of this year came quite different to what we are used to, the children arrived back in school with high spirits and songs of laughter. The past year has been extremely difficult for us all and the children's attitude to learning has once again made me very proud.

Cherry Class have been looking at the whole school Big Question: What is our window on the world?

In topic, we began by focusing on our own homes and branched out to the school, village, local area and country as a whole. The children explored the school environment using first-hand observation and experience to enhance their awareness along with essential map skills and fieldwork. As we developed our learning beyond our immediate environment, we explored the UK by looking at individual countries, capital cities, human and physical features along with comparing and contrasting the capital cities of London and Brasilia in detail.


In English, we focused on a non-fiction explanation unit on ‘How do beans grow?’ The children worked hard looking at individual skills which included: listening and responding, punctuation, retrieving information and identifying features. These skills then enabled the children to independently write an explanation for our unit question and perform it in role.


In maths, we focused on practical, oral and written mathematical learning covering both measurement and shape units. The children were introduced to the concept of measurement in different areas, such as length and height, capacity, weight, money and time. We looked at new vocabulary to compare and describe measurement and developed our reasoning skills through solving practical problems. The children explored both non-standard and standard units of measure and applied their skills of measuring and recording in a wide range of real-life contexts.
When looking at shape, the children learnt to recognise and name common 2D and 3D shapes including: rectangles, squares, circles, triangles, cuboids, cubes, pyramids and spheres. We explored and handled these shapes to recognise them in different orientations and sizes and learn that rectangles, triangles, cuboids and pyramids are not always similar to each other.


In science, our topic was all about everyday materials including wood, plastic, metal, water and rock. Cherry Class identified and named everyday materials and explored the properties of these. By the end of the unit, the children applied their knowledge of everyday materials to sort objects by their properties and took part in a range of learning activities including: discussions, labelling and matching activities, games, and an investigation to encourage where children have the opportunity to ask and find the answers to questions.


This week Cherry Class have created a class Rangoli pattern out of flowers and natural materials to celebrate Diwali. They worked extremely hard and were very proud of the finished product.

The flowers look absolutely beautiful.

Remembrance Day

Cherry Class worked hard to make a fantastic handprint poppy wreath to celebrate Armistice Day.

These was displayed on the fence opposite the Fox & Hounds Pub in Great Gidding from 1st to 11th November.