Our aim in Year One is to develop social skills, independent learning and to help the children move forward from play-based learning to a more formal approach.
We teach phonics every day, following the Letters & Sounds programme. We work hard on the technical skills of writing such as punctuation, finger spaces and letter formation. We follow the National Literacy Strategy and try to base our writing within inspiring topics that the children can relate to.
We teach lots of different mathematical skills within our daily Numeracy lesson. We focus on forming numbers correctly, counting objects accurately, knowing our number bonds to 10, 20 and 100, and spotting and extending number patterns. We use practical resources to help us make sense of abstract concepts.
We teach Science weekly, encouraging children to explore the world around them, ask questions and carry out simple tests. Children will learn to sort, compare and group objects, describe and make close observations of patterns.
We teach the Foundation subjects through a topic based approach, always encouraging to make links to prior learning. We aim to provide real experiences. We believe that children learn by doing, so we take them on several educational visits, invite speakers into school, bring in artefacts and interesting objects, and use our environment to spark learning. The topic work is planned and taught on a two year cycle along with the Year 2 class.
It is very much the ethos of the school that we foster and develop the approach of understanding, consideration and respect for self and others. We also believe that children should be provided with the opportunity to reflect upon not only their own beliefs, but also those of others.
This will be ensured through our religious education which is mainly Christian but also includes the study of other world religions and cultures, based on the SACRE agreed syllabus. We have daily acts of collective worship, which are broadly Christian in nature. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from these on religious grounds.
We believe that education about self, relationships and healthy lifestyles underpin all aspects of school life.