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31/03/21

A lovely end of term day celebrating stars of the week, drawing and photography competition winners and all our children for the resilience and determination they have shown so far this year. What superstars ⭐️ We wish you all a wonderful, restful Easter break. https://t.co/yF2sA2hoTD

29/03/21

Such a high standard of photos entered into our photography competition 📸. Here are a few of the finalists. Winners will be announced tomorrow and then be put forward into the school wide competition with good luck everyone https://t.co/rNIMIhIxw4

23/03/21

Some of our reception children enjoyed the afternoon sunshine and helped plant some lovely new flowers for the front of school. They worked extremely well using teamwork to decided where and what they wanted to plant. 🌹 🌱 🌼 https://t.co/Ha1E47CDad

18/03/21

Don’t forget it’s dress down tomorrow in aid of we look forward to fundraising for this amazing charity. https://t.co/sUaoM4tMg5

10/03/21

Year 2 are learning about life cycles. They had a special visitor to their science lesson this morning to bring their learning to life! https://t.co/WiDRDjkUKf

09/03/21

Retweetd From British Science Week

Feeling Inspired? Have a go at growing your own plants!🌻 Enter our poster competition to be in with the chance to win a sunflower starter kit, plus loads more amazing prizes here: https://t.co/ElPLqss2v1 with thanks to for the goodies! (2/2) https://t.co/ordmbZ6RqO

08/03/21

We are really looking forward to seeing all our children and families back at our academy today. https://t.co/KxRkM9c2Ko

04/03/21

How lucky are we to have such wonderful families that get involved in academy life. Our share a story session saw parents join us online to read stories to our classes, thank you for making our virtual world book day one to remember. https://t.co/fLWMXlJkSE

04/03/21

Our school wide session was incredibly fun. Just look at all those cute sausage dogs blazing their own trail. Well done all https://t.co/BrN7pnZeBA

04/03/21

We are thoroughly enjoying and cannot wait for the highly anticipated Principal’s Share a Story session with Mrs Rigby-Drake. https://t.co/QEA6PgxR9e

04/03/21

Happy World Book Day! We were delighted to see some of the wonderful costumes being worn at home that have already been sent in. Stay tuned for more photos throughout the day. https://t.co/sZEBQmT4aQ

03/03/21

Retweetd From World Book Day UK 📚

📚 Twas the night before 📚 And all across the land 📚 Excited children were dreaming 📚 Of a new book in their hand... We hope you have an amazing World Book Day tomorrow, whether you’re celebrating with us at school or at home 📚😍 https://t.co/SvZj4yjhJH

27/02/21

Plans are under way for our taking place next Thurs 4th March. We have a school wide planned following his Sausage Dog tutorial and cannot wait to see a wonderful array of drawings. 📖 ✏️ https://t.co/gmXOmdbTyF

25/02/21

Retweetd From Trauma Informed Schools UK

As 8th March and the wider opening of schools approaches, some childen and young people may display some puzzling changes in behaviour after so long in lockdown. These may indicate anxiety. Even those keen to return may experience this - some signs to look out for as a parent https://t.co/2bwEhDaK0P

24/02/21

Lovely pebbles painted for our positivity path. Hoping to see many more placed on the pathway when the children return. https://t.co/FbCadPDwJ5

22/02/21

Look at this fabulous newspaper article on ‘The Iron Man’ written by one of our y4 children. Well done⭐️ https://t.co/bur64c4MnS

13/02/21

Lovely artwork by year 1 celebrating Chinese New Year 🐉 https://t.co/NvxG0qCGrS

11/02/21

Retweetd From NSPCC

Sadly thousands of children are struggling with anxiety and loneliness in this lockdown. Childline is here to help, there's advice online from peers, or they can talk to our wonderful counsellors: https://t.co/mO04B3TUIl https://t.co/mIGInZXEKU

11/02/21

These look fab!

11/02/21

Beautiful results from our ice lantern activity we shared yesterday. It’s not too late to try if you haven’t already as we have -3 degrees predicted this evening. 🧊 ❄️ 🧊 https://t.co/5ZMvexC4Y8

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Year 1

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

Year 1 Curriculum

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  Subjects are taught with a clear progression and links are made with prior learning. 

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.Our curriculum engages children with their learning and gets them interested in the world around them. 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.

PE is taught by a specialist sports coach and Science is taught by a specialist Science teachers.

The overviews for each subject can be found in the table below.

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

Subject

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

History

Significant People

Significant People

Am I making History?

Am I making History?

Toys over time

Toys over Time

Geography Our Local Area The U.K Our Local Environment The Weather Hot and Cold places  
R.E Christianity Christianity Being Thankful Judaism Judaism Hinduism
Science Animals including Humans Materials Materials Weather Animals including Humans Plants
Computing Year 1 e-safety Introduction to algorithms (Bluebots) Digital Photography (Camera app) Programming for beginners (Bluebots) Technology in the World Programming - Introduction to Scratch (Scratch Jr) 
Art Art Appreciation Drawing Aboriginal Art (Painting) Collage /textiles Sculpture Sculpture
DT Superfood Salad Superfood Salad Design Moon Buggy Design Moon Buggy Design Bird or bat box Design Bird or bat box
Music Ourselves Number Pattern Seasons Animals Travel
PE Gymnastics Games Dance Athletics Gymnastics Althletics
PSHE Being in my world Relationships Celebrating difference Dreams and Goals Healthy Me Changing Me

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.