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Key Stage 1 Curriculum

Key Stage 1 encompasses Years 1 and 2.

Every child is unique and through our small classes and high staffing ratios we give the children the highest levels of individual attention in order for them to reach their potential and more. We aim for learning to be a rewarding and a stimulating experience, encouraging children to learn through exploration, investigation and discovery.

Children in Mount Kelly Pre-Prep have busy, creative and enjoyable days. Our well qualified and highly skilled staff provide a varied curriculum with specialist teachers in French, design technology, physical education and music.

The ability to read is fundamental to pupils’ development as independent learners so we encourage and develop a love for books and reading from an early age. This is reinforced through our daily reading sessions, our libraries and the use of well stocked book corners and reading areas in each classroom.

The children’s grammatical knowledge, knowledge of phonics and word recognition is developed through games and activities. These skills, as well as creative starting points, enable our pupils to write with confidence, developing fluency and imaginative thinking.

Mathematical skills are acquired through games, practical activities and challenges. The children are taught in a multi-sensory approach.

Stimulating the children’s understanding of the world we live in is achieved by our exciting humanities topics and their scientific skills and knowledge through investigations and exploration of our science topics.

A great deal of emphasis is placed on the creative arts and children are given many opportunities to express themselves and perform including several types of musical concert and our termly class assemblies.

A variety of offsite visits and visiting speakers open new horizons and thought processes.

The children’s social development is important and through our PHSE lessons children learn to care about themselves and others. Attending activities and assemblies with the older children in the school encourages their perception of themselves in a wider context.

Year 1

Our Year 1 children build on their early years experiences. As the children grow in confidence careful attention is paid to the individual needs of each child.

Throughout their time at the Pre-Prep we meet regularly with parents and all our staff operate an 'open door' policy and are happy to discuss the progress of your child at any time. A collaborative approach between home and school provides consistency and builds confidence and self-belief.

The Year 1 curriculum includes English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities, Religious Studies, Art and Design Technology, Games and Physical Education, Music, Drama and ICT.

English lessons develop the children’s reading and writing skills.  Staff hear every child read every day alongside phonic games and they are encouraged to begin to enjoy reading to themselves.  Grammar, comprehension, letter formation and handwriting skills are all taught in a fun and creative way and tailored to individual needs and abilities

Mathematics is taught in a multi-sensory way with great emphasis on using concrete materials and games to consolidate understanding of the fundamentals and opportunities to reason mathematically and to problem solve.

The children are taught skills and knowledge in History, Geography and Science through a variety of key established topics.  These topics are also further developed through trips and visitors into school add excitement and interest. Art and Design Technology classes are linked to the topics and the work is celebrated through our lovely, vibrant displays.

The children also have weekly Games and PE sessions and Music and Drama which are taught by subject specialists.   Swimming is an activity which runs throughout the year, the children also enjoy a Forest School week during the summer term and begin to learn ICT in our well-resourced ICT suite.

Year 2

Year 2 focuses on enabling the children to consolidate their learning skills and expand their applied learning abilities using creative and stimulating cross-curricular projects such as the Great Fire of London and castles.  

The children are taught Mathematics and English each day.  The children continue to be heard to read on a daily basis and are encouraged to read a range of genre.  This is reinforced through the time children may choose to read in our cosy reading corners and well stocked libraries.  They are encouraged to take part in independent learning activities on which they can work both at home and at school.  Their writing continues to progress through further development and understanding of essential language skills and a love of creative writing and thought is fostered.

In mathematics children learn through an enjoyment of games and activities.  We encourage the children to experiment and be curious about the world around them.  We place a great emphasis on building strategies in mental maths and giving the children opportunities to apply these skills to problem solving and everyday experiences.

Science is taught in a very practical way and children begin to make simple predictions and carry out investigations. They will also be given the opportunity to begin experimenting with different tools and media in Art and Design Technology as well as studying famous artists.

During this year the children continue to have specialist teachers for subjects such as Art, Music, Design Technology,PE and French.

At the end of Year 2 pupils experience a Year 3 Prep induction day where they are taught in their new classroom and meet their new teachers. In September the children transfer into the Prep in a seamless and well integrated fashion.