Alongside Read Write Inc phonics, Year 1 and 2 also have class based English lessons. Children are encouraged to write creatively and English lessons cover a variety of English skills including reading, writing, speaking and listening. Children are also taught daily handwriting sessions using the Ruth Miskin handwriting guidance, and are encouraged to start joining from the end of Year 1 or the start of Year 2. Poetry, public speaking and film are also covered.
In Key Stage One, children begin the Collins Connect Busy Ants Maths programme which is used from Year 1 until the end of Year 4. Maths is taught daily and pupils are encouraged to meet and exceed the standards required for the National Curriculum for that year group. Key Stage One maths focuses heavily on the development of mental maths and pupils are encouraged to practise mental maths activities at home on a regular basis. Mental strategies provide the foundations and necessary building blocks for future written strategies and experience has shown that children with solid mental foundations can access the maths curriculum more quickly at the start of Key Stage Two.