Year 1 and Year 2 (Pre-Prep)
Years 1 and 2
Children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum relatively closely but we have the flexibility to follow children’s questioning in many topic areas. This allows them to gain more independence in and take responsibility for their own learning. We have adopted certain learning themes per half term and the children become familiar with these and therefore develop an understanding of the necessary disciplines which will help them to become successful learners.
|Autumn||1st half term||Concentration and Perseverance|
|2nd half term||Co-Operation and Collaboration|
|Spring||1st half term||Courage and Self-Belief|
|2nd half term||Independence and Initiative|
|Summer||1st half term||Responsibility|
|2nd half term||Risk-Taking|
Form teachers are with the classes for most of the week, usually based in their own classrooms. The staff have looked at how to cater appropriately for children in that all children tend to have different learning strengths. Some children are visual learners, some auditory, some kinaesthetic and some a mixture. Some children learn best through separate subject teaching, some by a themed approach, known as a ‘Creative Curriculum’. Therefore at Ewell Castle School we hold creative curriculum days and/or weeks in each term to allow for a different approach to learning. These special times help the staff to provide real-life links to learning and exploit the chance to develop independent thinking. We like to think we provide the best of both worlds and something for every type of learner.
We are very lucky to be able to make excellent use of the specialist teachers at Glyn House too. Year 1 and 2 pupils have a weekly music lesson with our Head of Music and French lessons with a language specialist.
From Year 1 upwards, classes have weekly swimming lessons at Banstead Baths where they are taught in small ability groups and given the confidence and encouragement to feel at ease in the water. Games and P.E. lessons are taught at Glyn House by our specialist staff. The children have the opportunity to make full use of the extensive grounds, whilst dance and gymnastics can be carried out in our hall.
We also teach I.C.T. from the computer suite in Glyn House, where pupils learn to access, edit and save their work with independence. This regular contact with Glyn House ensures that children make a smooth and easy transition from Year 2 to Year 3.
We feel that visits out and having visitors into the School is an important part of learning. We like to offer an educational day trip in each term for children in Years 1 and 2, including an outdoor based trip in the summer term.
We meet together most mornings for a short assembly in Nursery. Once a week, we have a special achievement assembly where the House Cup is presented and certificates given out to individuals who have made a particular effort, achievement or progress in a certain area. We also all meet together at lunchtime; Chessington Lodge children sit with their friends and teachers to enjoy their packed lunches.