Curriculum Overview

The teachers in the Lower School follow the National Curriculum as a basis for their teaching but extend beyond the expectations for Key Stage 1.

The Key Stage 1 curriculum includes Maths and English, Art and Design & Technology, History & Geography, Computing, French, Music, Religious Education, Personal Social and Health Education and PE and Games.

The children spend the majority of their day with their Class Teacher where the core subjects and the majority of foundation subjects are taught. Specialist teachers teach lessons such as Music, French, Computing, PE and Games using the fantastic facilities that we have on offer. Both Year 1 and Year 2 have a full- time teaching assistant, which allows us to work closely with the children and differentiate the learning according to their needs, whether they require further consolidation or extension of skills being learnt in the classroom. Parents are informed of the curriculum topics at the start of each term.

Our small class sizes, ensures the teaching staff are aware of the level at which each child is working. Class teachers appreciate the need to deliver information in a variety of different ways to suit children’s varying learning styles (visual, auditory and kinaesthetic), and adapt their teaching to suit. Throughout the academic year a number of educational trips and visiting workshops enrich the curriculum and extend learning.

Assessment is an ongoing process, which is incorporated into the structure of the learning week. Teachers assess the children's skills, knowledge and understanding throughout lessons. This ensures that they can give individuals help if needed and re-explain aspects to the class if necessary. The regular marking of class and home work helps teachers assess the children's skills and development and the children receive feedback on their performance and progress using marking symbols. There is a formal assessment at the end of Year 1 and Year 2.

We believe that parents play an important role in their child’s learning.  In order to provide children with the best support both at home and at school, we encourage parents to attend parent workshops, Parent Evenings each term and maintain communication through the home/school contact book.  A written report is sent to parents during the Spring and Summer term. For more information about Year 1 and Year 2 please go to Welcome to Year 1 or Welcome to Year 2.