Years 1 and 2 build on the secure foundation established in EYFS, gradually moving to a more formal learning approach by Year 2. Each class is taught by their own class teacher for the majority of the week. This allows teachers to really get to know each pupil and to support them to achieve their full potential. Particular attention is given to developing numeracy and literacy skills.
Lessons are engaging and stimulating. Children are encouraged to play an active role in their learning, to think for themselves and to make connections with their own experiences and the world around them. Our pupils develop a passion for reading through regular individual reading sessions and group or class reading lessons, which allow stories to be shared and responded to collectively. Pupils progress through the Rigby Star Reading Scheme, which incorporates both fiction and non-fiction books. They look forward to their weekly visits to the school library where they borrow books and enjoy interactive stories read by our enthusiastic librarian, Mrs Mogilner. Children are inspired to explore different genres as well as pursuing their own interests.
In addition to learning the core subjects, our pupils benefit from lessons with specialist teachers in Art, French, Music, ICT, Gymnastics, Dance and Games. Class Teachers communicate regularly with these specialist teachers, to ensure that each pupil is making progress in all areas of the curriculum. Critical Thinking lessons offer time for specific learning skills to be developed and fostered with the aim of embedding these skills across the curriculum. In the Infant House we focus on concentration, listening and empathy, perseverance, resilience, independence, initiative and risk-taking. Children are given opportunities to work independently and collaboratively, sharing and respecting the ideas of others. Our pupils become reflective learners as they begin to assess their own understanding. They become aware of their personal targets, track their progress towards achieving these and begin to co-construct new targets with their teachers.