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Years 1 and 2 (KS1)

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.

Read Write Inc. sessions are taught in mixed groups (according to ability) across Years 1 and 2 and each day the boys partake in either this structured phonic session or a class literacy session based on Pie Corbett style of story writing. 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 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, Fizz Books, 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.

Key Facts

  • There are 3 classes in both Year 1 and Year 2
  • Classroom work is linked to outdoor learning and school trips
  • The Class Teacher delivers most of the lessons, with specialist teaching for PE and Music
  • By the end of Year 2, boys are ready to enter Key Stage 2 with confidence in themselves and enthusiasm for learning