Key Stage 1

 

Squirrel Class - Year 1 and Year 2

p1010084In our class we endeavour to provide an exciting and challenging learning environment. The children enjoy learning immensely and make very good progress in this vibrant and engaging setting.
We provide the children with a gentle transitions from the foundation stage to Key Stage 1 where they are gradually eased into a more formal working atmosphere. Whilst utilising the National Curriculum we aim to make learning practical and stimulating. Every child is provided with the opportunities and support needed to reach their potential; they are made to feel comfortable to explore their own abilities and talents whilst embracing their mistakes as learning opportunities.

  English and Maths

English and Maths are taught every day with very strong practical elements. In addition to English lessons phonics, handwriting, grammar and guided reading are taught regularly. Our daily phonics sessions are continued from reception, taught in much the same way. We use the DfE approved Phonics Bug scheme the ‘Letters and Sounds’ program. Children are encouraged to read regularly and a wide range of literature is available in the classroom to look at, read and borrow. This is in addition to their reading scheme books.

In maths we encouraging independent thinking by teaching the children to choose and use appropriate resource whenever required. Number lines, number squares, counting tools etc. are always accessible for the children to use. Much of the maths is taught practically and mistakes are celebrated to encourage an open mind set where finding out that something in wrong brings us one step closer to getting it right.

Topic

We provide the children with a gentle transition from the foundation stage to Key Stage 1 where they are gradually eased into a more formal working atmosphere. Whilst utilising the National Curriculum we aim to make learning practical and stimulating. Every child is provided with the opportunities and support needed to reach their potential; they are made to feel comfortable to explore their own abilities and talents whilst embracing their mistakes as learning opportunities. At Barkway we work on a different topic each half term through which cover the National Curriculum requirements of History and Geography in addition to a strong Science, Art and Design content. We feel it is important for children in year 1 and 2 to continue to work on the principles taught in reception through play and child initiated activities. We incorporate many practical learning techniques including role-play, drama, music and modelling. By using a mix of formal and informal teaching, we feel we will be able to create a good and imaginative learning environment for all the children in the class.

 

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Sport and Fitness

Squirrel Class have two hours of PE from specialist coaches every week. This provides them with the opportunity to develop a whole range of skills including gross and fine motor skills, strength and muscle tone, health and wellbeing, body confidence and team skills.

Curriculum Plans 2017-2018

Curriculum Plans Spring term 2nd half 2018 - Famous People

Curriculum Plans Spring term 1st half 2018 - Lets Build

Curriculum Plans Autumn term 2nd half 2017 - Celebrations

Curriculum Plans Autumn term 1st half 2017 - Amazing Animals

Curriculum Plans 2016-2017

Autumn Term 2016 Medium Plans

Curriculum Plan Autumn 2nd Half Term 2017 The Great Fire of London

Curriculum Plans Spring 1st Half Term 2017 Kings and Queens

Curriculum Plans Spring 2nd Half Term 2017 Our Country

 

Newsletters

Newsletter Autumn 1st half 2017

Newsletter Spring 1st half term 2017

Newsletter Spring 2nd half term 2017

Newsletter Summer 1st half term 2017

 

 

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