The core curriculum in Years 1 and 2 will follow the National Curriculum.
Our phonics teaching takes place within a rich language environment and meaningful context for learning. The children are encouraged to make progress rapidly. One to one support is provided wherever necessary and all abilities are planned for. Plentiful opportunities for immersion in books are available. Loving and enjoying literature is core to our teaching.
Our 'Read, Write Inc.' Literacy programme begins in the Reception Class. The children are taught using a synthetic phonics scheme to quickly recognise graphemes and phonemes in a simplified phonetic code. We teach the children to blend sounds together in order to decode (read) and encode (spell) simple words quickly. In Years 1 and 2 children are grouped according to their ability and taught in small groups. Once a child finishes our 'Read, Write Inc.' phonetics programme, they work within a 'Literacy and Language' Scheme, designed to develop their skills further as readers and writers across a range of written genres.
The teaching of writing begins with children mark-making and continues as they develop improved fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. We teach children to join their handwriting in Years 1 and 2.
Children gain a secure foundation of knowledge, skills, concepts and the language of Mathematics. They learn to apply their skills with confidence, accuracy and understanding in real life problems and within Mathematics itself.
In order to achieve this, lessons are carefully planned to incorporate both whole class and differentiated group work as appropriate. A strong emphasis is placed upon practical activities which involve problem solving. Children are encouraged to show their methodology and consider alternative ways of finding and checking their results.
Children are encouraged to ask questions about the world around them and to follow practical scientific methods, processes and skills. They are taught to observe closely, using simple equipment and to identify and classify objects. Children are encouraged to collect data and to use it to help them answer questions. Visits to the Woodland School take place once a week in a designated area of the College grounds. The children spend the afternoon learing new 'Woodland Skills' and knowledge about the natural world around them.
Children will explore, develop and evaluate their ideas in art and construction work through a variety of media including clay, papercraft, paint, fabric and other materials. They will also be encouraged to appreciate the aesthetic qualities of their environment and of great artists
Children will develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of events and people in the past and compare them with their own lives. History will be topic-based and children will have the chance to go on visits to see, touch and experience aspects of the subject at first hand.
The children will develop their skills of enquiry and gain knowledge of mapping, places and the environment. Where possible, their work in this area will be linked to practical activities with clear outcomes.
The children learn about the principle Christian Festivals and celebrations from other faiths and cultures, thereby developing an understanding and respect for our multicultural society.
The children will have one French lesson per week in which conversational French will be introduced by a specialist teacher.
Class sets of ipads are used to enhance the children's learning in all areas of the curriculum as well as for learning specific IT skills. The children use desktop computers, interactive whiteboards and laptops daily as tools for their learning.
There will be ample opportunity for children to sing and make music, both in cross-curricular work and in weekly lessons with specialist teachers.
The PE programme includes gymnastics, dance, games and swimming and will be taught by PE specialists. The children will have one lesson of swimming, PE and games each week, in which they will learn basic skills, safety, self-expression and teamwork.