Cherry Tree Class

Welcome to Cherry Tree

Cherry Tree is a bright, bustling Year 1 classroom filled with learning, fun, chat and laughter. Every child has the opportunity to learn through play in our areas of continuous provision as well as taking part in focused activities encouraging the children to become independent with their learning.

Our day in Cherry Tree

Our time is spent being scientists, historians, designers, explorers, writers, architects, achievers, mathematicians, journalists, musicians, artists, actors, authors, geographers and a team! We continue to build our social and emotional development, setting new challenges, developing friendships new and old, as well as learning from our mistakes and lots of singing.  

Our mornings always begin with a song and a story before our phonic session begins. The children are taught how to spell, read and write Phases 2-5 of the Letters and Sounds programme and we play lots of games to help us ‘make and break’ words aiding our phonic knowledge.   Letter formation and a cursive handwriting style is taught daily using a variety of songs, glitter, sand and shaving foam, not forgetting the pencil!

We follow a Mastery Maths Programme which embeds mathematical skills whilst building self-esteem and confidence with the number system. A variety of practical, hands on activities set up both inside and outside the classroom develop and extend the early foundations of mathematics.  

Afternoons in Cherry are filled with topic work, PE, Circle Time, outdoor play, GOLDEN Time and art. We enjoy sharing and celebrating achievements in our learning and make sure that every day we have time to say something kind to each other.

A little bit about the Cherry Tree Staff:

Mrs Mumford is Cherry Tree’s Class Teacher and has been at Northwood Primary for 15 years. She has taught in both early years and Year 1 and is the subject leader for Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development.

“It is a real pleasure to work at Northwood Primary. It is a happy place with a real sense of pride and belonging. No two days are the same but each day is rewarding, challenging and above all filled with happiness, fun and laughter. The children are delightful and I am privileged to be a part of their learning journey”.


Laura is a teaching assistant in Cherry Tree and has been at Northwood Primary for 4 years. She also helps to deliver weekly Forest School sessions. Laura is currently undertaking a Speech and Language course for 5-11 year olds.

“I love working at Northwood and find it very rewarding in Cherry. The children achieve so much during Year 1, it is a privilege to be part of their journey”.


Mrs Marshall started off as an MSA at Northwood Primary and is now a teaching assistant and works in both Apple and Cherry Tree.   She has recently completed her ELSA [emotional literacy support assistant] and works with children on a one to one or group.   Teresa is also chair of the school PTA and she is fantastic at organising fundraising events for the school.

“I am very privileged to be part of the children’s journey from the beginning and really enjoy seeing how they progress from Apple to Cherry.

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