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 English and Maths 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 a combination of Jolly Phonics and the Read Write Inc. scheme to support the children’s phonics and grammar. Creative Writing and other English lessons are woven into the children’s current topic to make their learning more purposeful. Mathematics follows the National Curriculum with children working at levels appropriate to their abilities. Topics within Years 1 and 2 are carefully chosen to incorporate history, geography and science. We encourage the children to become independent learners and to use skills from across the various curriculum areas to support their learning. There is a balance between individual, group and whole class work.

Pre-Prep News

Early Years Concert

November 22, 2023

What a success our first Early Years Concert was! Earlier in the term, the c…

Pre-Prep Mini Olympics

October 2, 2023

Elstree Pre-Prep Reception and Nursery enjoyed a brilliant afternoon taking …