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05/04/19

We ended Spring term with a special ‘Thank you’ assembly for our wonderful parent volunteers and a breakfast for our amazing teachers Happy holidays to all of our Hpabe families! https://t.co/frqH36V3F3

04/04/19

The last day of our healthy living week has been a day of wellbeing. Yoga sessions, mindful practice, positive affirmations, worry worksheets and a wellbeing assembly. Thank you to Silva Sanchis Yoga for this mornings sessions. https://t.co/tcsTD9TPkN

03/04/19

Personal Care day has seen sleep workshops, hygiene and handwashing lessons and a visit from the Bromley Healthcare dental team. https://t.co/j7FBxqLGqW

02/04/19

What a fun and informative day for our food and nutrition topic in our healthy living week. Here’s a great little video from reception on their smoothie making. https://t.co/RmU7tzyKKx

02/04/19

gave an informative sugar assembly today followed by a global flavours workshop where children looked at lunches from around the world to see how healthy they were. They then got the opportunity to make their own healthy wraps to take home. Thank you Chartwells. https://t.co/0ZQG5d63DZ

02/04/19

gave an assembly on sugar followed by a global flavours workshop which looked at lunches from around the world and how healthy they are. Children then had the opportunity to make their own healthy wraps to take home. Thank you Chartwells. https://t.co/XZuD98OdMo

02/04/19

Reception are ‘tasting a rainbow 🌈’ of fruit and vegetables today and trying new flavours. Once tasted the children are writing their own smoothie recipes and making their smoothies. https://t.co/y0LaFmHLnz

02/04/19

Food and nutrition day has launched with an ‘Energise Workshop’ from we have been learning about how food gives us energy and making super snacks using highly nutritious ingredients. We are naming our product and pitching it to the rest of the class. https://t.co/lY2ro5HISv

01/04/19

This afternoon we carried on with our exercise and fitness exploration. Huge thank you to for the Zumba session for reception and YR1 whilst YR2 and YR3 experienced their first cross country run. Well done all! Tomorrow we will be looking at food and nutrition. https://t.co/dAHgMk9Y4s

01/04/19

Brilliant lunchtime led by staff and sports leaders. Dance, netball, volleyball, tag, football and more. Stamina award goes to Miss Steer for her Zumba sessions. Such a fun lunchtime emphasising on exercise and fitness in all forms. https://t.co/pIZYDSnYy0

01/04/19

Healthy living week has started here. Today’s focus is fitness, exercise and hydration and the wonderful sports team and their sports leaders have been over from to give the children sports stations to test their fitness. Thank you https://t.co/fFp98vDw4L

30/03/19

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29/03/19

Celebrating the wonderful women in our lives. The children created this wall of hearts with messages and artwork. Happy Mother’s Day 💐 ❤️ https://t.co/V5GSa9Vbib

25/03/19

Wild Wood science session today. ‘Can you make a floaty boat to get an alien around their water planet’ Using a variety of natural materials and working fully outdoors year 1 took on the challenge wholeheartedly for their topic https://t.co/4xPRz9LMnn

22/03/19

The whole school took part in the today and collected 8 bags of litter. Well done all was an interesting and informative session. Our Eco Warriors will collate our results and update the school on the findings https://t.co/RqXkpsj4Au

20/03/19

Year 1 are super excited to be launching their rockets in science today https://t.co/LZxBk4poSi

19/03/19

High excitement for our first football match against Good luck to both teams. We look forward to hearing all about it. Thank you to AllMech Pipework for sponsoring our lovely new kits. https://t.co/dtfeNoyPNT

18/03/19

Huge thanks to the wonderful parents who came in over the weekend to help develop our sensory garden. We can’t wait for the children to see the changes tomorrow! https://t.co/JfgjHO5zsV

18/03/19

An alien spaceship crash landed into Wild Wood today for our ‘moon zoom’ topic. The friendly alien had left a letter with recipes for the children to recreate using the mud-kitchen, lots of natural materials, imagination and a tonne of fun! https://t.co/b7lsWPHWud

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Year 1

The class teacher in Hedgehogs Class is Mr Penny and
Miss Steer is teaching in Otters Class. 

Year One Topic Curriculum

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  English, Mathematics, R.E., Art, and Music are generally taught as discrete subjects along with PE which is taught by specialist coaches. All the remaining subjects are taught through the Curriculum which is a stimulating topic based approach to learning. In addition to this, Year 1 are also being given an introduction to a range of Modern Foreign Languages such as French.

The Curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge but also to help teachers make all learning exciting, active and meaningful for children. It is a comprehensive, thematic and creative curriculum that really engages children and gets them interested in the world around them. Learning with our Curriculum takes a global approach by helping children to connect their learning to where they are living now as well as looking at the learning from the perspective of other people in other countries. The curriculum also emphasises the history and culture of Britain and promotes fundamental British values.

The theme for each term's topic can be found in the table below.

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Super Heros

Bright lights, big city

Paws, claws and whiskers

Moon Zoom!

Splendid skies

Memory Box

Mathematics

We use an innovative, focused programme of work, which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This is based on the Singapore Maths approach to teaching and aligns well with the focus in the National Curriculum on ‘mastery’.

The key features of Singapore Maths are:

  • Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
  • Careful scaffolding of core concepts through:
    • visualisation, as a platform for comprehension;
    • mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities;
    • pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.
  • Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

English

Lessons and activities for all areas of English are planned carefully to help children continually develop and improve their skills in speaking and listening,  reading, and  writing. We use the Year 1 Programmes of Study based on the National Curriculum to ensure all children gain the knowledge and skills they need. 

Reading
In Year One, we believe that reading is the gateway to learning but should always be pleasurable and fun. We aim to give children a concrete set of skills to decode and understand text but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. As children progress through year one they continue to read regularly with adults in guided reading sessions and other classroom activities. Our well stocked fiction and non-fiction class library areas aim to offer children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities.

Handwriting
Year one are taught to use a pre-cursive script. We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports spelling as the children develop as writers. All teachers in Year One model the pre-cursive script when working with children or marking books.

Writing
In Year One, writing is taught through two separate but intrinsically linked lessons. Firstly all children, participate in regular ‘writing skills’ sessions where the focus is on learning and developing the ‘tools’ or ‘skills’ of writing such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, drafting and improving in an age appropriate manner. Compositional and creative writing is taught in the main through our thematic topic work which allows the teachers to select writing tasks that match well with other learning in the topic, we believe that this helps them to feel that their writing is meaningful and has a purpose.

Phonics
Children in Year One follow our Read Write Inc programme and take part in a daily phonics session. The focus is on children learning different combinations of letters that can make the same sound (e.g. /ay/ /ai/ /a_e/ in play, rain, game) or how the same spelling can be for different sounds (e.g. /oo/ in book and moon). This enables them to read more complicated vocabulary and also to spell words accurately.

Phonics Screening Check

The Phonics Screening Check takes place at the end of the year (usually in June). This is a short assessment to check how well the children are able to read words using their phonic knowledge. This involves children coming out with their teacher to read 20 real words and 20 alien words which contain the Phase 3 and Phase 5 sounds that the children learn in school.

Reading

It is essential that you read with your child at home every day. This will help them to progress not only in their reading ability but in all areas of their learning. Your child will be given a levelled reading book by the teacher and a free choice book each week. We will check the children’s reading records every Friday but they should make sure that they bring their reading books and records to school every day. For an even wider variety of books to choose from, you could visit the fantastic library in Beckenham.

Attendance

Good attendance and punctuality allow your child to fully access the curriculum and build on prior knowledge. Please ensure that your child arrives on time every day.