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In Year 1 experienced Key Stage 1 (KS1) teachers combine a careful blend of numeracy and literacy with a wide range of other subjects, as well as a varied selection of extra-curricular activities.

Each morning begins with a one-hour session of Read, Write Inc, a literacy programme that integrates phonics with comprehension, writing, grammar, spelling and handwriting. Working in small groups according to ability, pupils benefit hugely from the attention smaller class sizes provide. The varied learning styles of the children are developed and everyone is supported to become fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.

year1 photo The development of mathematical understanding is also a high priority with children using practical sessions to extend their understanding.

Pupils progress at different rates with some pupils needing further challenge and extension whereas others need additional support in a specific area. Careful monitoring, tracking and assessment of pupil progress enable us to best support children in their learning.

We greatly value the individual and place great importance on developing children’s confidence through positive reinforcement and praise.

We take a cross-curricular approach to teaching foundation subjects including Science, ICT, History, Geography, Music, PSCHE, RE and Art/DT through topics based on the children’s interests. This offers a creative way to develop children's knowledge, skills and understanding while motivating them to learn through stimulating, interconnected topics.

Core subjects are taught by the class teacher with input from specialist teachers for subjects including PE, Swimming, Spanish and Music.

In all areas the subjects studied are influenced by the National Curriculum.  However, as an independent school, we are able to offer a rich and broad curriculum tailored to suit the requirements of our pupils.

There are opportunities to take private music lessons with specialist teachers as well as a range of activities that children can choose to take part in after school, including free sport and creative clubs.