St. Chad's Catholic Primary School, Catholic Lane, Sedgley, Dudley

Years 1 and 2

Year 1

Our usual teacher, Mrs Thomas, is not in school at the moment as she has just had a baby, so our teacher is Mrs Jain and our Teaching Assistant is Ms Quinn.

During the Autumn Term in Year 1, we continue with the Early Years Foundation Stage approach of integrated learning, this helps to settle the children into Key Stage One. By the Spring Term the class has a more formal approach to learning and teaching: children are asked to work on their own, in pairs and in groups.

Each morning we complete Maths and English activities. Afternoons are used for the rest of the curriculum; including topic, RE, PE and music. Our topics sessions have a new focus for each term and the learning we do in each topic forms our ‘Learning Journey’. These Learning Journeys encompass Art, Design and Technology, Geography and History skills.

We continue to learn phonics using Letters and Sounds. In the Summer Term children from Year 1 complete a phonics screening check. The phonics screening check is a short, light-touch assessment to confirm whether individual children have learnt phonic decoding to an appropriate standard. We do a lot of phonic work throughout the year and this is a key focus for our learning.

By the time we finish in Year 1 we are ready to move further our learning in Year 2.

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2. Our teacher is Miss Westwood. Our Teaching Assistant is Mrs Hadley, who is a Higher Level Teaching Assistant.

Many of our subjects are linked together which makes our learning fun. Our Learning Journey (topics) enable us to learn about art, design and technology, geography and history under one theme. We continue to learn phonics using Letters and Sounds. We usually link literacy, numeracy, science and computing to our topic theme as well so we can use our skills to find out about our topic and present information to other people.

Year 2 staff work very closely with Year 1 staff so that they know exactly what we can do when we start in Year 2. They also work with Year 3 staff when we are leaving Key Stage 1 and starting Key Stage 2 to ensure we settle into our new class well.

Year 2 completes Key Stage 1 and the children are assessed to show how much they know. Children are given opportunities to practise for these assessments as part of their normal work programme and, as a result, should not find the formal experience of assessment a worry.

Our Learning

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