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PRE-PREP

 

Year 1 

Here at Willington Pre Prep, we ensure that the transition from Reception to Year 1 is seamless and as smooth as possible. In the Summer term children are given many an opportunity to spend time and familiarise themselves with the Year 1 classrooms and teachers. A detailed handover of information about each child’s learning happens between the Reception and Year 1 class teachers. Parents are invited to a transition meeting at the beginning of Year 1 to find out about curriculum changes as their child moves into Key Stage 1 and the expectations of the year group.

The Year 1 curriculum is dynamic and stimulating and builds upon the foundations learnt in Reception. The teachers plan exciting and engaging lessons where the children rapidly make progress in all areas of their learning. Key skills are also taught throughout the core subjects English, Maths and Science. Class teachers and classroom assistants track each child’s progress, and in a class of 18, learning can be individualised and work differentiated so that all children are working on their next steps in their learning. Sometimes children are identified as needing a small boost in specific areas or will need some extension work beyond the daily challenges planned for within the classroom. Our SENCO and Head of Pre Prep work closely alongside the class teachers to plan and deliver individual or small group programmes for identified children at no extra cost.

The subjects taught in Year 1 by the Class teachers are as follows:

  • Literacy (Reading, Writing, Handwriting, Speaking and Listening, Spelling and Phonics)
  • Mathematics (consolidated by Doodle Maths on the iPads)
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
  • Religious Education

Throughout Pre Prep we use Monster Phonics Schemes of Work. Monster Phonics covers all statutory requirements of the DfE Letters and Sounds and the KS1 National Curriculum for synthetic phonics based reading and writing.

The subjects taught in Year 1 by Specialist Teachers are as follows:

  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • French
  • Art and Design
  • Computing

In order to enhance the topic they are studying, the children in Year 1 will go on at least one visit a term.

Teachers and assistants hear the children read every day. The children will have their reading books changed daily and the expectation is that they will read each evening with their parents. The children also have weekly spellings to learn for a test and homework which varies.

Doodle Maths, a computer based application, is used both in school and at home as a learning tool to help develop your child’s key skills in Mathematics. Certificates can be earned by completing a range of maths activities, which are then presented in school.

Children take part in two PE lessons a week and a games session at Drax playing field. Children are also chosen to take part in regular fixtures against other schools.

There is regular feedback to parents about their child’s academic performance including Autumn and Spring parents evenings, a summary report and full end of year reports in the Summer term.

A wide range of after school clubs is available for the Year 1 pupils every term. Recent clubs have included Ezee Sport, Cooking, Eco Club, Music Theory, Performance, and Chameleon Club.

Year 2 

As the children move from Year 1 into Year 2 a seamless transition is ensured as the children are given opportunities to meet their new teachers and work within the Year 2 classrooms. A detailed handover of information about each child’s learning happens between the Year 1 and Year 2 class teachers. Parents are invited to an Information Evening to find out about curriculum changes and the expectations of Year 2 in the first week of the Autumn Term.

The Year 2 curriculum is built around the core subjects and termly topics. Where possible the learning in all subject areas will link to the topic. The teachers plan exciting and engaging lessons where the children rapidly make progress in all areas of their learning. Key skills are also taught as part of the core subjects English, Maths and Science. Class Teachers track and monitor each child’s progress, and in a class of 18 learning can be personalised and work differentiated so that all children are working on their next steps in their learning. Sometimes children are identified as needing a small boost in specific areas or will need some extension work beyond the daily challenges planned for within the classroom. We have a SENCO who works closely alongside the class teachers and Head of Pre Prep to plan and deliver individual or small group programmes for identified children at no extra cost.

The subjects taught in Year 2 by the Class teachers are as follows:

  • Literacy (Reading, Writing, Handwriting, Speaking and Listening, Spelling and Phonics)
  • Mathematics (consolidated by Doodle Maths on the iPads)
  • Science
  • History
  • Geography
  • Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
  • Religious Education

Throughout Pre Prep we use Monster Phonics Schemes of Work. Monster Phonics covers all statutory requirements of the DfE Letters and Sounds and the KS1 National Curriculum for synthetic phonics based reading and writing.

The subjects taught in Year 2 by Specialist Teachers are as follows:

  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • French
  • Art and Design
  • Computing

In order to enhance the topic they are studying, the children in Year 2 will go on at least one visit a term.

Doodle Maths, a computer based application, is used both in school and at home as a learning tool to help develop your child’s key skills in Mathematics. Certificates can be earned by completing a range of maths activities, which are then presented in school.

Children take part in two PE lessons a week and a games session at Drax playing field. Children are also chosen to take part in regular fixtures against other schools.

Year 2 will have daily reading sessions as 1:1 reading time with the class teacher or assistant. The children will have their reading books changed daily and the expectation is that they will read each evening with their parents.

There is regular feedback to parents about their child’s academic performance including Autumn and Spring parents evenings, a summary report and full end of year reports in the Summer term.

In order to enhance the children’s development in confidence, articulation, performance and collaboration the children in Year 2 will participate in lively and informative class assemblies each term and will also take on lead roles in our wonderful Christmas production.

A wide range of after school clubs is available for the Year One pupils every term. Recent clubs have included Ezee Sport, Cooking, Eco Club, Music Theory, Performance, and Chameleon Club.