Prep Overview

Staff

Ken Weed – Head of Pre-Prep and Prep

Louise WrightCurriculum Lead and Year 2 Teacher

Adam LazenbyYear 2 Teacher

Joanna BootYear 1 Teacher

Lauren ThorndykeYear 1 Teacher

Susan Plant – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Francesca Shaw – Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Chana Lapper – Office Manager

Jill Arezoo – Office Assistant

Diana Saeed – Lunchtime Supervisor

Curriculum

Our Key Stage 1 curriculum has been creatively designed to ensure that it not only meets the needs of the wide range of children from our local area, but that it enthuses, engages and challenges children to be aspirational in their learning. Our curriculum is knowledge rich, giving children those important building blocks that they will need to become successful learners. We develop the whole child, using a holistic approach. However, we ensure that children’s personal development, including a focus on positive mental health, is a priority.

We value children’s interests highly and ensure that we provide bespoke opportunities for children based on what they are interested in.

Individual and group opportunities are planned for and quality resources support children’s development. This can be through independent learning as well as adult led activities and supported group work.

Focussed learning time happens every day. Whole class and small group work is timetabled to allow children to acquire, practice and apply new knowledge, concepts and skills.

COVID-19

In Prep we recognise that adjusting to a new ‘normal’ will look different for each individual child. However, we also understand that it is important for all children that the rigour of our curriculum should continue to ensure that all children are able to be challenged at whatever level they might be working at, following an extended period of home learning.

In order to ensure that children are well supported mentally, yet are able to be challenged in their learning we have adjusted our curriculum to ensure that children’s personal wellbeing is at the forefront of learning. Children will learn the skills they need to be able to re-integrate into academy life. This includes all of the personal skills children may need to catch up on including speaking, listening, making and re-connecting friendships and feeling happy, confident and secure in their learning.

There will be extensive education around new Covid-19 safety practices to ensure that all children know how to look after themselves and others around them.
In addition, our skilled teachers will informally assess at what level children are at in their learning. From here, they will plan for individual needs ensuring that challenge remains high and that no child is disadvantaged.

Although there will be lots of new learning, there will be lots of opportunity for catch up and revision of learning that children may have missed. This includes the revision and re-teaching of phonics where necessary to ensure that children who have missed early letters and sounds are taught these as a priority. We fully believe that wherever a child may be in their education, with the correct personalised learning, every child will soon flourish.

Year 1 Overview of Learning

Autumn 1

Topic: Superheroes
EnglishComic Strips Narrative Writing Fact Files
MathsNumber and place value within 10
ScienceThe Human Body
GeographyLocal Geography
History
PSHEBeing Me
ArtColour
Design and TechnologyDesign
MusicRecognising a steady beat
ComputingInstructions
PEFundamental Skills
SpanishSay your name and greetings

Autumn 2

Topic: Dinosaur Roar
English Poetry and Riddles Character Study
Maths Place value within 20. Shape
Science Seasons and weather
Geography
History Growing up in the past
PSHE Celebrating Difference
Art Sculpture
Design and Technology Design
Music Loud and soft sounds
Computing Programmable toys
PE Football
Spanish Age and numbers

Spring 1

Topic: Moon Zoom
English Non-chronological reports
Science fiction
Maths Addition and subtraction within 20
Science Taking care of the Earth
Geography The UK
History
PSHE Dreams and Goals
Art Line
Design and Technology Textiles
Music Fast and Slow Sounds
Computing Creating, storing and retrieving digital content
PE Gymnastics
Spanish Animals and colours

Spring 2

Topic: Enchanted Forest
EnglishTraditional tales, Plot recount, Posters
MathsPlace value within 50, Measurement – length, height, weight and volume
SciencePlants and plant growth
Geography
HistoryKings and Queens
PSHEHealthy Me
ArtNarrative Paintings
Design and TechnologyTextiles
MusicPitch
ComputingUsing websites
PEDance
SpanishDays of the week and months

Summer 1

Topic: Paws, Claws and Whiskers
English Information booklets, Adverts, Letters, Instructions
Maths Multiplication and division. Fractions. Position and Direction
Science Animals and their needs
Geography The 7 Continents
History
PSHE Relationships
Art Paintings of Children
Design and Technology Machines and Automation
Music Musical phrases
Computing Using cameras. Recording sound
PE Athletics
Spanish Food that you like

Summer 2

Topic: The Seaside
English Poems and nursery rhymes, Fables, Recounts
Maths Place value within 100. Money. Time
Science Introduction to magnetism
Geography
History Travel and Transport
PSHE Changing me
Art Print
Design and Technology Machines and Automation
Music Singing
Computing Internet safety
PE Cricket
Spanish Descriptions

Assessment

In Key Stage 1, formative assessment takes place during each and every lesson. Teachers are highly trained to skilfully judge the point at which a child’s learning is currently at and plan for their next steps. Much of children’s learning takes place in their books. However, you will see pictures and examples of children’s work celebrated on displays through the school.

Every child learns differently so it is essential to children that our staff assess each child’s needs differently to plan teaching that is personalised, challenging and engaging.

Summative assessment takes place at the end of a period of learning or at the end of a term. Summative assessment generally takes the form of an end of term test. The test is delivered in a very informal way, allowing the children to complete it in a relaxed and comfortable manner. Children will also take part in fun games and activities after sections of learning that are also designed as assessment opportunities. These give teachers the secure knowledge of what a child knows now and what a child needs to know next.

At the end of Year 1, children will take part in the Phonics Screening Test. This test assesses children’s abilities to decode simple words as method for reading. The test is delivered in a relaxed and fun way by the class teacher to ensure that children are able to complete the test to the best of their ability. The test is a summary of the phonics learning that has taken place not only in Year 1 but also in Reception. Children that do not meet the required pass mark in Year 1 will re-take the test in Year 2.

Home Learning and Support

In Prep children will have weekly homework that we encourage parents to support. The homework will be age appropriate and will encourage children’s basic skills of speaking, listening, reading, writing and maths. Parents will also be given ways of supporting their child’s learning through fun games and activities.

In Prep, children are continuing to develop their reading and will bring reading books home with them every day. They will also have the opportunity to borrow books from our Lending Library. We would encourage parents to read with their child as much as they can as it is vital to their overall learning and ability to access the whole curriculum.

You can support your child in their learning by talking to them about what they have learned while at the academy. While reading with your child is vital, reading TO your child is also highly important as it builds and develops children’s vocabulary, speech and imagination.

Learning is all around us. It does not have to be sat down with a pencil. Counting objects around your child, singing a favourite song, asking your child searching ‘why’ and ‘how’ questions about the world around them and taking part in physical activity are all great ways in which you can support your child at home. Please speak to your child’s class teacher about more ways in which you can support your child at home.