Whole school themes shape the topic based learning that takes place across EYFS and KS1. Whole school topics provide additional creative, collaborative learning opportunities.
Year 1 & Year 2 (KS1) are currently taught in a mixed age class. English and Maths are differentiated to meet year group objectives. Other areas of the curriculum are taught on a rolling programme so that have children accessed the full KS1 curriculum by the end of Year 2.
Curriculum planning KS1
At Central Street reading for enjoyment and developing a love of books is a high priority. Children in Foundation begin to explore letters and sounds through daily phonic sessions and apply this to reading and writing.
In Foundation children begin to take part in guided reading sessions and to take library and reading books home. This then continues throughout school.
At Central Street we follow the Letters and Sounds teaching sequence and programme for phonics. This is then supplemented and enhanced with carefully selected phonic resources. Staff attend annual phonic training.
Our main home reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree and this is supplemented with phonetically decodable and non-fiction texts e.g. Songbirds, Floppy Phonics, Project X and Fireflies.
We teach writing through enjoyable stories, poetry and information texts in which children can become immersed in. On the journey to writing a longer piece, children are given the opportunity to explore the language, characters, setting and features within the text. They are given incidental, smaller pieces of writing as they read through the text and are encourage to explore the grammar and punctuation used by the author. In EYFS children also explore stories through well resourced and imaginative provision which is enhanced by the teacher, encouraging them to mark make and engage in early writing experiences.
We are currently using some well chosen texts and overviews from CLPE Power of Reading to engage our children in writing.
Spelling Zappers and Non Nonsense Spelling are used in KS1 to practice and strengthen spelling of common exception words, tricky words and phonic spelling patterns. Children are encouraged to practice spellings at home.
Grammar is taught within English lessons, linked to key texts wherever possible and sometimes discretely. Whole school strategies such as KungFu Punctuation and Exciting Sentences are used to support children's understanding and application
of grammar and punctuation.
Children are taught to form pre-cursive letters based on the Penpals handwriting progression. The children learn a phrase to assist the formation of each letter.
In KS1 when children are confidently forming letters correctly, they are taught how to join. Handwriting in KS1 is taught systematically using letter families. Children take part in handwriting activities every week as a taught session as as key skills activities.
Our approach to teaching in maths is one that is based on concrete, pictorial and abstract use of number which children can then use confidently to reason and solve problems. We encourage children to develop their mathematical thinking as well as their knowledge of maths. Children regularly practice mental recall and key skills in addition to maths lessons where new skills are introduced and children have the opportunity to apply and consolidate their learning in a variety of ways.
We are currently using the 'White Rose Maths Hub' overviews and resources as a guide to planning.