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01/08/18

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Please vote for our school to win this amazing tile project! We need lots of votes- just click this link and vote for our school logo. Thank you! https://t.co/I3ock1aeZN https://t.co/I3ock1aeZN

21/07/18

Please vote for our school to win this amazing tile project! We need lots of votes- just click this link and vote for our school logo. Thank you! https://t.co/I3ock1aeZN https://t.co/I3ock1aeZN

20/07/18

Happy holidays to all of our wonderful Hpabe families! So proud of the achievements of our wonderful children this year. Thank you for all of your support

16/07/18

It's not just the children taking part in sports day...#staffsportsday https://t.co/Qix1f1ssDt

16/07/18

Sports Day is in full flow! https://t.co/cMlSEKMnjr

04/07/18

Fantastic to hear from about his sporting journey to become a commonwealth gold medalist https://t.co/prqugxHhIH

03/07/18

Please nominate us! We’d love some more books for our children! Win £5,000 for your school library! https://t.co/el6aFA00Tc

03/07/18

Looking forward to meeting Reuben Arthur, commonwealth gold medalist, tomorrow. Here he is (on the left)- all children will meet Reuben and take part in sponsored sports events so remember your PE kits! https://t.co/e6lqnS5FL9

28/06/18

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"In 58% of schools where class teachers are involved in delivering languages , there has been no CPD for languages in the past year" Glad to see and are bucking the trend!

28/06/18

A fabulous performance from students from as part of our summer music festival https://t.co/rtLycmSkcA

28/06/18

Thank you so much for coming and taking part in our summer music festival! We all loved it!

26/06/18

Please remember to stay sun safe today! Hats, water bottles and sun cream applied

25/06/18

Amazing! Well done HJAC!

24/06/18

Well done to our amazing PTA for a fantastic fair today! We are so lucky to have such a supportive parent community. Great to see so many of you there and meet some of our September starters

22/06/18

Amazing collaboration with year 9 graphic design students from today; they are illustrating stories written by our year 2 children https://t.co/mYmxumK7C8

21/06/18

Come and join us on Sunday for our fantastic summer fair! https://t.co/KeYlwqabm8

20/06/18

We have been using telescopes to observe the sky. Thank you to Orpington Astronomical Society! https://t.co/iqJbfGCWmh

19/06/18

Look at the beautiful books that year 2 have been making inspired by https://t.co/uzmZeDPdzC

15/06/18

We are tasting a rainbow 🌈 of fruit and vegetables as part of https://t.co/RVGCczG4Fn

14/06/18

Don’t forget to bring in some colourful fruit and veg tomorrow so that we can taste a rainbow!

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Year 1

The class teacher in Hedgehogs Class is Mr Oliveri and
Miss McKenzie 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.