As children progress from Reception to KS1 they continue to be encouraged to become independent, creative thinkers. We believe that while lessons become more formal, it is crucial for the children to feel encouraged and positive in all they do. Children are challenged to think for themselves, whilst being supportive of each other’s ideas and values. An example of this ethos is the regular Forest Meetings when children meet and socialize with pupils, teachers and assistants from all parts of the school; this helps the children to see themselves as part of a larger group with its own rights and responsibilities.
Classes are small, typically less than 16 pupils, often with two teachers. In addition to the core subjects of Literacy, Maths, Science and Computing we employ specialists to teach the children Music, Sport, French and Drama. Pupils begin swimming lessons in Year 1, and are introduced to a wide range of activities including Gymnastics and Dance and Drama.
During these formative years children develop their individual interests and strengths, whilst following the requirements of the new National Curriculum 2014.
Maths – We follow the objectives of the new National Curriculum in Maths. In 2016 we introduced the White Rose Maths Hub schemes of learning and to this we have added Numicon activities and resources which form a practically based approach to the teaching of Maths.
Literacy – In Year 1 we are following the new National Curriculum objectives for Literacy with particular emphasis on the Hamilton Trust Programme of Study for Year 1. In Year 2, Ruth Miskin “Language and Literacy” is newly introduced, following very positive feedback from children and parents further up the school where it is already in place.
Science – Both Year 1 and 2 follow the objectives of the new National Curriculum, with its strong emphasis on scientific investigation and inquiry. Study content includes performing simple tests, close observation, gathering and recording data, and identifying and classifying. Children study Plants, Living Things and their Habitats, Animals and Humans, Seasonal Change and Uses of Everyday Materials.
Autumn Term 2016
Year 1 - Ourselves, Our Homes
Year 2 - The Great Fire of London, World Explorers
Spring Term 2017
Year 1 - Toys, Past-times
Year 2 - Space, Inventions from the 1600s
Summer Term 2017
Year 1 - Our Local Environment, Looking after our World
Year 2 - The Secret Garden – Plants, Weather Experts