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Curriculum – Years 1 and 2

The core curriculum in Years 1 and 2 will follow the National Curriculum. The core subjects of English, Maths and Science will use the same schemes as those used in the Prep School, thus providing continuity and ensuring a smooth transition at the age of 7.

English

We follow the National Literacy Strategy. This focuses on Word Level Work (Spellings, Phonics, Vocabulary), Sentence Level Work (Basic Grammar and Punctuation) and Text Level Work (Stories, Poetry, Reading).

Through this work, the children will have experiences of imaginative and factual writing, reading for a variety of purposes, handwriting practice, speaking and listening, role-play and drama.  The school uses a range of reading schemes to ensure breadth and variety.  We also have a wide selection of ‘real books’ from which the children can select for themselves.

Maths

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.  Alongside direct teaching there is a high level of interactive oral and practical tasks.

Science

Science work will cover three main areas: life processes and living things, materials and their properties, and physical processes. Specific topics covered will include ‘ourselves’, plants and animals, materials and electricity. Science will be taught using a practical, hands-on approach that will benefit further from the school’s excellent range of resources.

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Art & Technology

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

History

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.

Geography

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.

RE

Although we are a Christian school, we also study Judaism and we acknowledge many of the festivals found in other religions.

French

The children will have one French lesson per week in which conversational French (with an emphasis on fun) will be introduced by a specialist teacher.

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ICT

Children will develop their keyboard skills and explore a variety of programs in the ICT suite with the benefit of a specialist teacher. In addition, the classrooms will each have a computer that will be used to support topic-based work.

Music

There will be ample opportunity for children to sing and make music, both in cross-curricular work and in weekly lessons with a specialist teacher. There will be opportunities in the school year for musical events to take place, to which of course parents will be invited.

PE

The PE programme includes gymnastics, dance, games and swimming and will be taught by a PE specialist. 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.

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Year 1 Topics

Subject

Michaelmas

Lent

Summer

Science

Ourselves
Light & Dark

Materials
Sound & Hearing

Growing Plants
Pushing & Pulling

History

Homes

Toys

Seaside

Geography

Around Our School & The Local Area

Making the Area safe

Seaside

Art

Self-Portrait

Investigating Materials

Sculpture

DT

Eat More Fruit and Vegetables

Hat Designs

Moving Pictures Mechanisms

RE

Belonging Celebration -Christmas

Belonging
Christianity
Visiting a Church Christening

Faith
Key Beliefs in Judaism

Year 2 Topics

Subject

Michaelmas

Lent

Summer

Science

Health and Growth

Electricity

Living Processes

History

 

Great Fire of London
The Stuarts

Florence Nightingale

Geography

Around the World

 

The Crimean War

Art

Texture
Picture This!

Buildings

Nature

DT

Joseph’s Coat - Pattern & Textiles

Moving Vehicles

Winding Mechanisms

RE

The Stories of Jesus
Celebration

Places of Worship

Judaism -The Torah

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