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In Year 1 and 2, we teach using the National Curriculum. The link is included below. Our topics each half term are linked to our Geography and History titles. Where possible, we make links between subjects to enhance the children's learning experience. We also thread our school values through everything we do. It is our aim to make learning irresistible for the children. Enjoyment leads to motivation and engagement. We value playful, meaningful contexts, being in the outdoor environment and collaborative learning. We aim to anchor our curriculum planning in discovery and exploration, reading and vocabulary, community and belonging, values and wellbeing whilst ensuring knowledge, skills and progression are at the heart of learning.
Spring 1 - Why does it matter where my food comes from?
This term our topic has a Geography focus. We will be developing our geographic skills, we will learning about where our food comes from, how it is produced an why Devon is a great place for Dairy Farmers.
Writing is taught daily with a strong focus on teaching children through quality texts that will inspire them in their own writing. This half term we will be looking at the texts 'Mixed up fairy tales' and 'Tell me a dragon'. We will be focusing on adding suffixes and using conjunctions. We will learn about different sentence types and the punctuation that belongs to them all.
Reading is taught in a variety of ways. There is a daily phonics session in Year 1. Phonics is then recapped and built on throughout Year 2, moving towards a greater focus on spelling (see more information on Phonics below). Each class has a daily guided reading session where comprehension is explored based on group reading texts. Children read regularly to staff in school and teachers read to the class daily. Reading Records are sent home for parents and carers to log any home reading. Children will be allocated Class Dojo points to motivate them to read at home.
These are words that children in Year 2 need to be able to spell by the end of KS1
The school is in a transition of moving to Read, Write, Inc. for our phonics learning.
Please follow these links to find out more about how to support phonics and reading at home:
In the Spring term we will be recapping Set 3 sounds daily and focusing on spelling patterns.
At St. Marys Priory schools we teach Maths through a 'mastery' approach. Carefully structured teaching planned in small steps, provides both the necessary support for
all children to achieve and facilitates deep thinking. We aim to make Maths exciting using story and playful activities. The children are encouraged to use resources to explain their thinking.
We use the White Rose Maths resources to support children in their learning. Please follow the link if you would like more information.
Let all that you do be done in love (1 Corinthians 16:14)
Our seven school values run through everything that we do. The core, overarching value is Love. Each half term we focus on a value. These are carefully planned across the year to match the experiences that the children are having, along with the Christian calendar.
Autumn term: Friendship and Thankfulness
Spring term: Respect and Forgiveness
Summer term: Perseverance and Trust
Religious Education and Collective Worship
For Religious Education (R.E.) we follow the Agreed Syllabus for Devon, Torbay and Plymouth. The units teach the children about the main world religions with a focus on Christianity. R.E. is taught weekly in fun, interactive lessons. Religious stories and concepts are brought to life through drama, arts and crafts and times of reflection.
Plympton St. Mary Infants is a Church of England Voluntary Aided School and it is expected that we complete a daily worship. In the current pandemic, four of these worships take place in our own classrooms with one whole school Celebration Worship online on a Friday morning. Our worships are linked to the Christian calendar and school values. We use 'Oscar in the box'- a little owl who helps us reflect on our own beliefs. We use the 'window, mirror, door' strategy (Liz Mills, Imaginor) to deepen the children's reflections:
Window- looking out- when have you experienced this, when has someone done this for/to you? (e.g. When has someone thanked you?)
Mirror- looking in- when have you experienced this? (e.g. When have you thanked someone? When have you been thanked?)
Door- moving forward/next steps (e.g. What might you do next? How can we show thankfulness to the whole community? The world?)
We also use the resource Picture News to teach children about current affairs during our times of worship.
Learning without fear by Julia Stead and Ruchi Sabharwal (2019)
This term we are using this toolkit to enhance the children's thinking about growth mindset. This approach aims to teach children that learning is without limits and helps them to build strategies to use if they are stuck. Every classroom has a display of learning props, for example the lifeguard tells them to ask a friend or share ideas to help them move on in their learning - the snorkel reminds us that it is okay to feel worried, take a breath and try again. The rubber ring tells us to find a resource in the classroom to help us. We use the language of this approach throughout all subjects. We celebrate mistakes and learn from them.