Class 2 has both Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. Under the guidance of a highly experienced class teacher and full time TA (and with the luxury of additional TA support during one of the morning sessions), the children follow the National Curriculum in a stimulating and well-resourced environment. We aim to develop pupils’ confidence so that they are willing to have a go at anything, safe in the knowledge that making mistakes is a vital part of the learning process. Wherever possible, we favour a cross curricular approach, which enables pupils to make links in their learning and topics are planned with the interests of the cohort in mind. Although some subject matter has to be taught in isolation, we make it relevant by giving pupils the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in a meaningful context.
We see Class 2 as an important platform towards pupils becoming more independent and taking responsibility for their own learning. We encourage children to ask ‘big’ questions and to be creative and curious in all areas of the curriculum.
Recognising the huge benefits of many of the principles of the Early Years curriculum, we extend these into provision in Class 2 through play based investigations and outdoor learning opportunities which are developed alongside the more formal elements of the curriculum - with the aim of making learning both fun and relevant.