Years 1, 2 and 3

In Years 1, 2 and 3 we have a rich and varied curriculum, including many exciting trips and events to enrich pupils' learning.


The Rainforest building.
 
The Ocean building.

Year 1

At the end of Reception in the summer term and during the first few weeks of Year 1 in the autumn term, staff focus on supporting the children through the transition from the Early Years Profile Curriculum to the National Curriculum.

In Year 1, we follow the new National Curriculum for English. This is taught daily in classes. We also continue to use the 'Letters and Sounds' and follow the Ruth Miskin 'R.W.Inc' scheme to teach phonics. Children learn how to read and write sounds before reading books that include the sounds they have learnt. We teach phonics every morning in small groups and this really helps the children to prepare for the phonics screening check which is statutory at the end of Year 1. The 'Read Write Inc' scheme also helps develop children's comprehension skills.

For Maths, Year 1 staff use the 'Maths Mastery' programme of work, which also reflects the new National Curriculum. This programme is based on how maths is taught in Singapore where standards in children's learning are extremely high. So far, we are seeing positive impacts on the children's learning and understanding of maths skills and this programme has now been extended to Year 2 classes. Maths Mastery is taught daily in classes with supplementary sessions to focus on mental maths skills and to provide any necessary intervention work.


Problem solving in Maths.
 
Experimenting with ice in Year 1.

Year 2

In Year 2, we are continuing to use the old National Curriculum for English until July 2015; this is when the government will instruct us to convert to the new National Curriculum.

Children are taught daily English lesson and every opportunity across the curriculum is used to promote basic skills. Children at lower levels in their learning are supported by teachers in small group situations to help them make better progress and to catch up. We have a high ability class for both maths and literacy so that we can really challenge the learning of the more able children.

The 'Letters and Sounds' and 'Read, Write, Inc.' schemes to teach reading are also followed as the children continue to develop their phonic and comprehension knowledge. Children are also taught in focus groups to maximise the learning and to give the appropriate support required to ensure that the children reach their targets and perform as well as they can in their statutory end of Key Stage 1 assessments.

For Maths in Year 2, we are continuing the 'Maths Mastery' programme of work which the children started in Year 1.


Year 2's Time Machine.
 
Learning at Snibston Discovery Centre.

Year 3

In Year 3, we continue to focus heavily on developing literacy skills across the curriculum, although there still is a designated hour each day for class-based literacy. This is taught in line with the new National Curriculum and wherever possible, is linked to our themed topics. In addition to this, the children are taught phonics using the Ruth Miskin's 'Read Write Inc'.

Maths is taught in ability sets, which take place each day and follow the new National Curriculum. The children are required to know their times tables and related facts.

In both English and Maths, children are often taught by more than one teacher in class to give them a higher level of support. There are also focus groups running across the phase to ensure any children needing extra support have access to it.


Children's work on display.
 
Children being supported by their parents.

Years 1, 2 and 3

We have extra teachers available in Year 1, 2 and 3 to be able to support children who are at a lower level in their learning and to help them make extra progress to catch up. At the same time, children whose learning is at a higher level are supported to reach more challenging targets.

Writing skills are developed using Wow sentences (based on Alan Peat's Independent writing programme) and drama is a large part of ensuring children are challenged and engaged with their learning.

Other subjects, including Science, Music, Art and History are taught through the exciting International Primary Curriculum and the children enjoy many trips to supplement these including visits to Weston Super Mare, Snibston and RAF Cosford. The children learn using a range of media such as iPads and netbooks. They develop their ICT skills through a new exciting ICT curriculum. P.E is taught across the year groups and in addition to this, Year 3 children have the opportunity to go to weekly swimming lessons.

Our Learning

Have a look at our Topic Webs, on our Curriculum page, to find out more about what we are learning.