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Through their time in Key Stage One (5-7 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. In Year 1, topics such as ‘The Great Fire of London’, 'The Lighthouse Keeper's Lunch' and 'Old and New Toys' bring the curriculum to life and give children a context to apply the skills and knowledge that they have been learning.
Our Year 1 and Year 2 classes are taught by well-qualified teachers and supported by experienced teaching assistants. High adult to child ratios and small class sizes enable children at The Elms to make excellent progress. Specialists teach Music, Dance and Drama, French, PE and Games.
The topic based approach to learning continues as children move into Year 2. Topics include ‘The Romans', 'The History of Transport' and 'Chocolate'. 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 to support their topic of study. We also welcome in many visiting speakers and theatre groups into school to work with the children and enrich the curriculum.