The curriculum in Years 1 and 2

 

English

The three areas of English, reading, writing and spoken language are developed in a daily lesson. Literacy unites the important skills of reading and writing but also involves speaking and listening.


Spoken Language

Every opportunity for children to use spoken language for recall, questioning, projecting, predicting, rehearsing ideas and reasoning is provided. Speech is the most basic language activity and is therefore the foundation of all learning. We aim for children to become clear, fluent and confident speakers.


Listening skills are developed in many ways, through stories being read by adults or other children, use of recording devices, daily discussion sessions and interaction with adults around the school. We encourage children to listen with attention and concentration, responding appropriately and effectively to what they have heard.


Reading

Reading should be an enjoyable and satisfying experience. We aim to foster a love of books in all our children and to encourage the development of a life long reading habit. Reading and comprehension skills are developed using a variety of methods through:


  1. Shared reading - whole class teaching with a shared (Big Book) text.

  2. Guided reading - independent reading in small groups under the close guidance of the teacher.

  3. Independent reading - sharing books both in school and at home on an individual basis.

  4. Through  the teaching  and use of phonics (Letters and Sounds) and whole word recognition.


We have a wide range of reading material at different levels that the children use for many purposes including reading for pleasure and information. The children have the opportunity to share books both in school and at home. We urge parents to read with and to their children. Every child has a Book Share Book in which we invite parents to make observations on their children's response to the text. This helps us to maintain close links with the home.


Writing

Children experience a variety of writing activities and write for different purposes and audiences. As their writing develops the skills of grammar and punctuation are taught using texts to provide ideas and structures for writing in "shared writing sessions". Children are encouraged to, become confident about expressing themselves either on paper or the computer in extended writing sessions.


As children progress from the early stages of spelling they use the Look-Cover-Wnte-Check approach to learning new words. This means that a child looks carefully at the word, covers it, writes it, then checks it.


We believe that fluent and legible  handwriting  is important and encourage children to take pride in the presentation of their work. During the Reception Year children are taught to form their letters correctly, using a cursive script. In Year One they begin to join their letters and by the end of Year Two we expect them to have developed their own  joined style of writing.