Years 1 & 2 Curriculum and Academic Support
Years 1 and 2 Curriculum
Children in Years 1 and 2 follow the National Curriculum relatively closely but we have the flexibility to also follow children’s questioning. This allows them to gain more independence and take responsibility for their own learning.
Years 1 and 2 pupils have weekly music and French lessons with specialist teachers. We also teach computing using our own set of laptops where pupils learn to access, edit and save their work with independence. From Year 1 upwards, classes have weekly swimming lessons at the local swimming pool 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 Glyn House Hall. This regular contact with Glyn House ensures that children make a smooth and easy transition from Year 2 to Year 3.
Our aim is to settle each child into a caring, stimulating and structured environment. The children learn to appreciate working with others, and working independently. They develop the relevant social skills of sharing, communicating and learning respect for others, as well as a natural curiosity and self-confidence. The dedicated, experienced and well qualified staff provide a personalised learning environment that focuses on each child achieving their potential and which nurtures happy and confident children. Small classes enable the staff to give each child the level of attention to meet their needs in every aspect: artistic, academic and sport. Our open door policy at Ewell Castle results in a positive relationship between pupils, parents and staff.
Learning Support in the Pre-Prep and Preparatory School
Ewell Castle is an inclusive school providing differentiated learning for all pupils, paying close attention to individual needs. Our year groups have a Learning Support Assistant assigned and are placed where the needs are the greatest.
Our team comprises Learning Support Assistants and is led by our SENCo, who is Head of Learning Support. Each Aassistant has a particular area of focus. As a team, we offer a range of interventions, including, maths, English, touch-typing, sensory circuits and social skills. Pupils are invited to these interventions and these take place before a school day. During the school day, the Learning Support Assistants will work with groups of children to support independent learning in the classroom. The Head of Learning Support is a Dyslexia Specialist and offers bespoke individual lessons delivered in response to assessments and in liaison with class teachers and parents. These individual sessions are charged at an extra cost. (Click HERE for Finance leaflet)
We have ELSA (Emotional Literary Support Assistant) support and pupils can access a six-week Emotional Literacy Support programme tailored to their specific need. In addition, we have access to a peripatetic Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist and Behavioural Consultant.
Building Learning Power (BLP)
At Ewell Castle Prep School, we are on a journey to grow our ‘Learning Power’. We are all learning to be better learners.
We follow Professor Guy Claxton’s work closely on Building Learning Power (BLP). Guy Claxton’s work suggests that there are four key learning dispositions – Resilience, Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness and Reciprocity. The four Rs of learning. Each of the four Rs are relates to learning muscles.
We teach the children about these skills and the learning muscles. They learn that just as we can build our physical muscles with the right kinds of exercise, we can also exercise our learning muscles to develop their strength and stamina.
We use BLP to develop our ‘Language for Learning’ in school and this enables us to engage all pupils in a conversation of how we learn. It is our intention that the children use the language for learning to explain ways in which they achieved or approached tasks and how they can move on to the next chapter in their learning. To engage all of our learners, particularly in the younger years, we have introduced ‘learning experts’, in the form of cuddly toy mascots, to reflect each of the four Rs of learning.
The key elements of this disposition are Perseverance, Noticing, Managing Distractions and Absorption. The children learn how to stay locked onto their learning, the importance of never giving up and the benefits of learning when getting un-stuck. Our Learning Expert for this area is Incy Spider.
The key elements of this disposition are Questioning, Capitalising, Making Links, Reasoning and Imagining. The children develop their ability to ask and answer questions, use resources around them to help them with their learning, make links between the different areas of their learning and of course, use their imaginations! Our learning expert for this area is Resourceful Ratty.
The key elements of this disposition are Planning, Meta-learning, Distilling and Revising. The children will learn how and why they learn and will be encouraged to regularly look back on their learning to see whether they have met their targets and objectives. They will be asked to think about future targets and areas for improvement. Our learning expert for this area is Reflective Parrot.
The key elements of this disposition are Imitation, Interdependence, Listening and Collaboration. The children will learn how, why and when it is best to learn on their own, with a partner or within a group and develop the skills they need to be a valued member of a team and a learning community. Our learning experts for this area are two meerkats named Give and Take.