Form 1 at Russell House is equivalent to Reception. The older children in the year group join Form 1 in the Autumn term and the younger ones in the Spring term. Learning is great fun and the children are encouraged to work hard with lots of praise and stickers. They continue with the weekly swimming lessson, started in Transition, and start to learn French.
In preparation for Form 2, the children begin to have more traditional lessons and a timetable in the mornings for specific Maths and English slots. Everything they do is very practical and hands-on. When they learn about money, they use real coins or they go outside and play in teams to find paper money around the school. In the afternoons they choose to play in different areas of the classroom, both indoors and out. They may also do artwork and the readers are heard by their teachers.