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Through their time in Year 1 (5-6 year olds), the emphasis continues on helping the individual become proficient in literacy and numeracy.
Children learn these skills, and have the opportunities to put them into practice, through a ‘topic based’ curriculum that brings in elements from Geography, History and Science, Art and Design. Topics such as ‘The Great Fire of London’, Senses’, ‘People who Help Us’ bring the curriculum alive and give children a context to apply the skills and knowledge they have been learning.
Specialist teaching in Music, Dance and Drama, French and PE/games continues in Year 1. All Year 1 and Year 2 classes are taught by well-qualified teachers and experienced teaching assistants. These high adult to child ratios and small class sizes enable children at The Elms to make excellent progress.
The topic based approach to learning continues as children move into Year 2 (6-7 year olds). Topics include ‘Kenya’ and ‘Katie Morag’ as we are keen for our curriculum to engage with cultures and places beyond the local environment and to emphasise we are part of an international community. In addition to studying a new range of topics, children in Year 2 also learn to swim, with swimming lessons each week on-site in the Trent College swimming pool. The recorder is taught to Year 2 as an introduction to reading musical notation.
Throughout Key Stage One, children make visits to places of interest every term and we also welcome in many visiting speakers / theatre groups into school to work with the children to enrich the curriculum.