Children in Years 1 and 2 are part of Key Stage One.
The National Curriculum for children in Key Stage One consists of the subjects listed below. They are:
Information and Communication Technology
Design and Technology
English, mathematics and science are called ‘core’ subjects. Schools must also teach Religious Education. All the other subjects are called ‘Foundation subjects’. The school has developed a cross-curricular approach to learning and teaching and also focussing on child-initiated learning.
We aim to provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum for all children that promotes the development of the whole child. In addition to the requirements of the National Curriculum we also focus on the social, physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual growth of each child.
We aim to build on children’s strengths, interests and experiences so they can achieve their full potential.
We aim to provide experiences that promote positive attitudes and self-esteem enabling children to develop the skills necessary for them to become lifelong learners in a multi-cultural, technological society.
English and Mathematics
English is usually covered through topics and is a common thread through all learning. There are sessions set aside each week for teaching phonics, grammer and handwriting. An individualised programme is used for the teaching of spellings.
There are daily sessions for Mathematics where children are taught number, data handling and shape, space and measures. The work focuses on the development of mental mathematics skills and using and applying their skills to everyday situations.
Children often work in ability groupings during English, Mathematics and Phonics lessons so work can be differentiated to meet the learning needs of all the children.
Science activities are primarily practical and there is a strong emphasis on observation, discussion, investigation and the solving of problems. Children often work in mixed ability groupings in Science lessons and children are encouraged to work co-operatively with others in a group situation as well as individually, and as part of a whole class.
Religious Education and Worship
This school has no religious affiliations. It is taught according to guidelines and within the framework of the Education Reform Act. Although based mainly on Christian beliefs other world religions are studied so children develop a greater understanding of other cultures and global diversity. All the children share a collective worship time each day. A yearly programme of themes is planned with spiritual, cultural, social and moral themes.
After discussion with the Headteacher, parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education and Collective Worship if they have issues related to religious beliefs.
This is included as part of Science and Health Education topics in school and is introduced informally where it is felt there is a natural link with other parts of the curriculum. Any questions that may be asked by the children are answered in an honest and sensitive way appropriate to the age of the child. A copy of the schools Sex Education policy is available on request from the Headteacher and the school website. The school nurse also supports the teaching of the Science and health education curriculum.
Children are engaged in self assessment and they are also assessed by staff to find out what they have learned and to enable effective planning of the curriculum to ensure the progression of each of the children. Records are kept in school and progress is tracked. This information is shared with parents/carers at open evenings/record of achievement meetings.
However during their time in school they will be also assessed in line with statutory requirements. A Baseline assessment is completed at the end of their Reception year, the Early Years Foundation Stage Profile, Year 1 Phonics and SATs (Statutory Assessment Testing) are administered at the end of Year 2.
Special Educational Needs
This is an inclusive school that makes every effort to identify the needs of individual children as early as possible and then is committed to meeting those needs appropriately. This may be done individually or within a small group situation. Special educational needs is a term applied to any child who has specific learning needs, a disability, personal or health problems which requires the school to make responses beyond what is normally accessed by the majority of other children. If we consider your child may need extra support the Head or your child’s class teacher will contact you. Details of the schools Accessibility Plan are available from the school office on request.
Our aim is to ensure that each child is given the best possible chance of success. Children with Special Educational Needs may be supported in the classroom by their own teacher, by a specialist teacher or a trained Learning Support Assistant using a specific programme of work set for that child. We have the support of the Educational Psychological Service and outside agencies for any child who is experiencing particular difficulties. If a child is assessed as requiring a Statement of Special Educational Need support will be provided to suit his or her specific needs. Parents are consulted and informed at all stages.
Staff also identify children who demonstrate marked ability and skills. Through our programme for the very able and talented these children are provided with extension activities and opportunities to develop and extend their abilities.
Mrs Nicola Moran is the schools Special Educational Needs co-ordinator and can provide additional information for parents if required. Policies are available on request.