Key Stage 1
The transition between Reception and Key Stage 1 is an important one. Pupils continue to receive a broad and balanced curriculum studying a range of subjects.
Cross curriculum links are forged relating one area to another. Aspects of literacy and numeracy are timetabled each day and developing reading skills is given high priority. In Year 1 and 2 pupils’ reading is regularly heard and reading books are sent home to allow parents to share reading time with their children.
Year 1 pupils have a weekly games afternoon, which rises to two games sessions per week in Year 2. PE sessions for Years 1 and 2 are held in the Sports Hall. Computer Science is an important part of the curriculum and, as well as having one lesson a week in the Prep School Computer Science suite, pupils take full advantage of interactive whiteboards, PCs and learn pads in the classrooms. In Year 1 and Year 2, pupils are introduced to French and the French culture. Children learn in a fun and exciting way using stories, films, puppets, role play, flash cards, songs, games and IWB activities. Lessons cover a variety of topics, including location and means of travel to France, map work, school life, French food, French families and basic conversational skills.
Both Year 1 and Year 2 pupils receive a list of spelling words each week. Year 2 pupils also receive a piece of either literacy or numeracy homework, through an online link to Education City. During the Summer Term pupils work together to perform a Key Stage 1 musical play.
The Golden Rules continue to form an important part of pupils’ lives, with responsibility being fostered by allowing pupils the chance to care for themselves, each other and the school environment, by having opportunities to be a Class Helper and a Playground Helper.
Through our weekly Life Skills sessions, which follow the ‘Jigsaw’ scheme, children are encouraged to discuss rules and ideas about why we need to think of others, adopting a caring and thoughtful approach to life and its challenges. These values underpin and are embedded across the Year 1 & 2 curriculum.
On a Tuesday between 3pm and 3.30pm Year 2 children experience a range of activities in the form of clubs. These can include recorder, board games, gardening, thinking skills and a range of outdoor activities.
Transition from Year 2 to Year 3
The move from Year 2 in the Pre-Prep to Year 3 in the Prep School is exciting for the pupils and eagerly anticipated. They have already built strong relationships with a range of Prep School staff, who have taught in different areas of the Year 1 and 2 curriculum, and are familiar with the Prep School facilities. During the Summer Term Year 2 pupils spend time in the Prep school in Year 3 and share some Lower School assemblies. This helps ensure the smooth transition from Pre-Prep to Prep, and each pupil will have an older pupil to look after them when they start in Lower School. Lessons are taught predominantly in the pupils’ form rooms to build confidence and familiarity.