Key Stage 1
As children move into Year One, more formal academic activities increase. We work hard to give each child "the ultimate classroom" in which high academic standards continue to be set, achieved and maintained - all within a nurturing environment.
Each morning begins with Literacy and Numeracy. Other subjects such as Sport, Music, ICT, Art and RE are spread throughout the week. Geography, History and Science are topic-based, with outings and visits enriching the learning experience. Regular visits to Forest School and other outdoor learning opportunities enhance all areas of the curriculum, as does creative use of the interactive whiteboards in each classroom and weekly sessions on iPads. Independence is encouraged, confidence is built and children are nurtured through positive reinforcement and praise. From the outset, children are taught to join their handwriting in formal handwriting lessons.
Once a term, each class welcomes friends and family to a Chapel Assembly in the Prep Department: every child rises to the challenge and performs brilliantly in front of a large group of older pupils and parents.
Building on the previous year's activities, Year 2 sees Numeracy assume an even greater role each day, with children using practical sessions to extend their understanding. Literacy lessons focus on a variety of genre, covering different children’s authors, poets and drama - all giving a springboard for creative thinking and writing.
Science takes an investigative approach where children develop their skills using equipment and experiments, with History and Geography taught as independent subjects and culminating in visits to local places of interest. In Sport, children take part in tag rugby, football, netball, hockey, cricket, tennis, swimming, gymnastics and dance; whatever the level of ability, everyone can take part and benefit from sport. Our practical approach to learning is strengthened by regular visits to the Forest School. As the children develop and their confidence grows, there are regular opportunities to perform in front of an audience: from our Christmas Nativity to playing a musical instrument in front of their friends or an important role in Junior Chapel Assemblies.
Close links with the Prep School mean a smooth transition to Year 3. The children take weekly lessons with Prep School staff in ICT, Sport, Design Technology and Art and Craft. In the Summer, children have an opportunity to spend time with the Year 3 teachers including taster sessions of the Saturday activities programme - with Sport, Art and Cookery being firm favourites.