Just before 11am on Monday, the Elstree Community gathered outside the front…
Years 1 & 2
Year 1 sees children make the transition from the play based learning of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum to the more formal lessons of Key Stage 1. The introduction to the year is a gentle one and helps the children become settled into the new routines. There is close liaison with the Reception staff to ensure that the transition is well managed and that staff are aware of each child’s strengths and characteristics of learning.
There is a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy during these two years whilst still ensuring that the children enjoy a broad and balanced curriculum and have the opportunity to learn by doing and being involved. We use the Jolly Phonics scheme in our literacy lessons which links reading and spelling. This is a fun, lively and multi-sensory programme. Mathematics follows the National Curriculum with children working at levels appropriate to their abilities. Our topics are carefully chosen to incorporate history, geography and science in Year 1. When in Year 2, the science is taught as a separate subject but is still linked to the topic. We encourage the children to become independent learners. There is a balance between individual, group and whole class work.