Year 1 classes begin the academic year with a school day which is similar in structure to that which the children were familiar with in Reception classes. Activities and lessons build on the play centred curriculum of the FS. The strong focus on phonics, writing and developing mathematical knowledge set in the context of a theme continues. Children learn to quickly recall number bonds and facts, develop their abilities in calculating mentally and applying their mathematical knowledge. Class teachers also continue to use Fiction and Non Fiction books to provide opportunities to practice reading skills and as models of good writing. The children in turn practice their developing skills as writers using writing frames and word banks. RE, Geography, History and Science are, when appropriate, linked with texts or the theme for the half term.
The Year 2 curriculum continues the thematic approach to learning although Maths and English may be taught discretely. Fiction and Non Fiction texts provide models as children learn to recognise and use genre specific vocabulary and punctuation, and to write with the reader in mind. Written work provides a range of opportunities for children to develop their skills as writers and poets. French lessons are introduced into the timetable each week giving the children an opportunity to start to learn and use simple French phrases. Their vocabulary is extended as they are introduced to familiar stories such as The Nativity in French. Building on mathematical concepts introduced in FS and Year 1, children learn to manipulate numbers through the four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), practice key concepts and use standard measures accurately. The importance of key concepts such as place value, times tables, number facts and being able to explain thinking are reinforced.