In Years 1 and 2, there is a strong focus on the three core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science where we use much of the latest 2014 National Curriculum updates to form our schemes of work. The creative manner in which the curriculum is delivered, aims to encourage boys to make connections between their learning through practical work, ICT and problem solving.
Class Literacy lessons focus on developing phonics, reading comprehension, spelling and grammar and creative writing, often all linked to a class story ranging from the traditional tale of The Gingerbread Man through to Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. There is a daily maths session - a mixture of practical work, and more formal learning techniques. The National Numeracy Strategy is followed, yet adapted to boy’s needs and interests. In Year 1 and 2 there is a weekly outdoors maths lesson using the environment to promote problem solving.
There are termly topics in Years 1 and 2, for example Hall of Fame, Best of British, Knights and Castles and Sport for All. Topic work links all curriculum areas, allowing boys to get involved and provides a purpose for their learning. New learning techniques are introduced and more independent learning is developed. The boys are responsible for working together to plan and organise an event linked to their topic, and trips and visits are used to enhance their learning.
Weekly ICT lessons take place in the Centenary House ICT suite. In the classroom, boys use iPad, digital cameras and video cameras to apply the skills learnt and to record their work. Led by the Class Teacher, Circle Times encourage boys to talk, expressing their thoughts and feelings and helping to nurture peer friendships. Years 1 and 2 enjoy weekly PE, Games and Swimming led by a Junior School PE specialist in which they learn a range of different sports, developing a love of sport and encouraging a healthy lifestyle. Extra-curricular clubs and activities are introduced which support learning outside of the curriculum and extend the boys interests.