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The National Curriculum

To find out more about half termly themed units of learning in each class please visit the class page. 

In Year 1 and 2 we follow the guidelines laid down for the National Curriculum for all pupils at Key Stage 1. In Year 1 there is a transition from the Foundation Stage curriculum, building on the early skills and knowledge and using some of the same structured and child led activities.  The subjects to be studied are:

 

English

Taught as a subject in its own right and throughout all areas of the curriculum. The key

aspects are speaking and listening, reading and writing. All pupils are taught through a daily literacy session which includes whole class, group and individual work. English enables them to express themselves creatively and imaginatively and to communicate effectively with others. Pupils learn to become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama as well as non-fiction and media texts.

 

Maths

All pupils participate in a daily numeracy session in which they learn to use and apply number, carry out calculations and mental methods, recognise patterns and sequences, process and interpret data, use and apply shape, space and measures, understand position and movement and solve problems. Pupils develop their understanding through practical activity, exploration and discussion.

 

Science

In Science we teach pupils to observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical processes. They begin to work together to collect evidence and to link ideas. We are fortunate to have extensive school grounds which enhance the science curriculum as well as other areas.

 

Computing

We have an excellent IT infrastructure and children are taught to use IT throughout the curriculum and as a subject in its own right. Pupils use computing tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, safely and creatively. We regularly teach online safety as a key element of the curriculum.

 

Design and Technology

Design and technology prepares pupils to participate in tomorrow’s rapidly changing technologies. Pupils learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely.

 

Art and Design

Pupils develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape and space and pattern and texture and use them to represent their ideas and feelings.

 

Music

Pupils listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. They play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating short compositions, with increasing confidence, imagination and control. They explore and enjoy how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects.

 

PE

Pupils build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. They start to work and play with other pupils in pairs and small groups. By watching, listening and experimenting they develop their skills in movement and coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations. Physical activity during the curriculum is complimented by structured activities at playtime and lunchtime, where we try to encourage a healthy, active attitude towards exercise.

 

History

Pupils learn about people’s lives and lifestyles. They find out about significant men, women, children and events from the recent and more distant past. They listen and respond to stories and use resources of information to help them ask and answer questions. They learn how the past is different from the present.

 

Geography

Pupils investigate their local area and a contrasting area in the UK or abroad, finding out about the environment in both areas and the people who live there. They also begin to learn about the wider world. They carry out geographical enquiry inside and outside the classroom. In doing this they ask geographical questions about people, places and environments, and use resources such as maps and photographs.

 

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

Pupils learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of their communities, building on their own experiences. They learn the basic rules and skills for keeping themselves healthy and safe and for behaving well. They begin to learn about their own and others feelings and become aware of the views, needs and rights of other people. As members of the class and school community they learn social skills such as how to share, take turns, play, help others, resolve simple arguments and resist bullying. Our pupils share their collective views at the School Council which meets regularly.

 

Religious Education

This is taught in line with a locally agreed syllabus and includes an introduction to various faiths and beliefs. Many festivals of the year are celebrated with special events both in assembly and in classrooms. This will include festivals from many faiths. Parents  have the right to withdraw their child from specific aspects of RE but this must be in consultation with the Headteacher and any requests should be made in writing.

 

Assemblies/Collective Worship  are held daily and are a broadly Christian based act of worship. Parents may request that their child is withdrawn from specific religious aspects of collective worship in consultation with the Headteacher. Any request should be made in writing.

 

Sex and relationships education is taught through the KS1 National Curriculum for Science and PSHE/RSHE in our school. We cover aspects such as naming the main body parts, how we grow and change, feelings and relationships, friends and family, looking after ourselves and others.  

 

Year group teams work together to plan, deliver, monitor, track and evaluate progress of each child against the requirements of the National Curriculum. The curriculum is enhanced by visitors to the school, visits out to the local area and further afield and events such as harvest festival, music and dance festivals, Christmas productions and our annual multi-cultural arts week. We are proud of our broad, stimulating, curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

You can find out more about the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2) here


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