Year 1 and Year 2
Year 1 and Year 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 and take responsibility for their own learning. We adopt certain learning themes per half term and the children become familiar with these and thereby develop an understanding of the necessary disciplines which will help them to become successful learners.
More able children at the Pre-preparatory School have tailored, advanced and differentiated work provided by their class teacher, as and when appropriate. Moreover, staff are keen to foster, encourage and support the strengths, special skills and interests of all Pre-preparatory School pupils and look for every opportunity to do so.
Years 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 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. We also teach I.C.T. using our own set of laptops. 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.
Form teachers are with the classes for most of the week, usually based in their own classrooms. 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 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.