Years 1 & 2

Through a challenging and creative curriculum we build on the strong foundations that the children have already acquired in Years 1 and 2.

Though play is still an important part of a child’s development, the school day begins to follow a structured timetable. Literacy and Mathematics are taught daily enabling solid basic skills to be embedded. Early Literacy is consolidated, in particular the further development of cursive writing, which is introduced from Foundation. In Mathematics, children continue to use practical apparatus whilst extending the ability to record their work. Computing is taught weekly by the class teacher in one of our IT suites. Spanish and Music lessons are longer, and PE is taught by subject specialist teachers.

Our enthusiastic staff provide a creative, skills based curriculum employing cross-curricular topic themes. The plans incorporate scientific, historical, geographic, art and design elements, around an inspiring theme. Designed to ignite interest and spark curiosity, learning is woven into a range of practical, research and written activities.

Recent excitements include:

Into the Woods – Write a letter to the council to stop Rosie the tree being chopped down.

Dinosaurs – Follow the footprints to discover a huge egg in the School grounds.

We’re Getting There – Make a detailed drawing of a bicycle. How do you think it works?

Ice and Fire – Walk in the footsteps of Captain Scott: create your own diary of events.

Kings and Queens – Talk to your class about the throne you have designed and made.

Religious studies and Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) is taught alongside the topic learning, with links being made where possible.

Linda Smith

Head of Pre Prep