Oak Class - Year 1/2
Oak Class is led by Mr Johnson alongside a team of fantastic teaching assistants. Throughout their time in Oak Class, the children will explore a range of topics such as Neil Armstrong and the moon landing; superheroes; the local community and how it has changed; climates and oceans around the world; and living things and their habitats.
In Year One, the children will continue to develop their phonics with daily Read Write Inc. phonics sessions. The phonics screening check is taken individually by all children in Year One. Its purpose is to give teachers and parents information how your child in progressing and identify where they may need additional support in reading. Building from their learning in EYFS, the children will have access to continuous provision at the start of Year One. This will provide them with an opportunity to further skills such as independence; innovation; creativity; and problem solving. At St Paul’s, we believe that this start to Year One provides the children with a familiar, effective and complete transition from a play-based curriculum to a more formalised learning style required in later years.
In Year Two, the children will continue to work on the phonics they have learned in Year One, but further this by being able to read words by sight without having to sound them out individually. They will move on to learning more advanced grammar and spelling patterns by following the No Nonsense Spelling and Grammar scheme. At the end of Year Two, all pupils will take SATs in reading; spelling, punctuation and grammar; and maths. This should not be a daunting time for you or your child and the staff will work hard to ensure that this is not the case. Furthermore, the school will hold an information evening nearer the time where you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
All of the children will be engaging with high-quality texts throughout the year. These include;
· Beegu by Alexis Deacon
· Man on the Moon by Simon Bartman
· Traction Man by Mini Grey
· The Jolly Postman by Allan Ahlberg
· Grandad’s Island by Benji Davis
· The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson
· The Hodgeheg by Dick King-Smith.
At St Paul’s we aim to provide a positive learning environment where all children are encouraged to become independent learners. We are extremely lucky to have a brand new spacious outside classroom where all children will be able to continue and further their learning.