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.
The IPC is a theme based approach to learning the foundation subjects and is taught by Form teachers from Year 1 to Year 4 and is hugely popular with the children. Units cover Science, Geography, History, Art, Technology and International elements of learning and teaching through the IPC helps us to encourage pupils to be internationally minded and aware of a quickly developing world. In Key Stage One we cover a range of units that cover the requirements of the National Curriculum for the foundation subjects, but additionally expose children to enquiry based learning which requires children to ask questions and seek answers about their units.
Each term the IPC classes each study an ‘adopted country’ from around the world to develop understanding of ways different cultures and societies live. Children are also encouraged to follow the eight IPC Personal Goals which remind us how to live our lives successfully, and children are recognised and rewarded for showing these goals in class.