Y1 & Y2

Learning in Key Stage 1 is more formal and structured, however the humour and warm relations that the children were introduced to in Reception only continue to grow as we support them to realise their potential. We have high expectations for the children to achieve their best and celebrate success in our weekly commendations assembly, through awarding them St James Shells for excellent work or recognising them as Artist of the Week.

A strong focus continues to be placed on Literacy and Numeracy, with the children building and developing confidence in these core subjects. While the majority of the children’s teaching is with their Class Teacher they also have the benefit of specialist teachers in P.E, Music, Drama, Art and Sanskrit. Teachers are committed to nurturing not only the talents that are already apparent, but the potential of every child, and focus on discovering each child’s unique interests, strengths and areas for development.

Y1 continue with Forest School, with bi-weekly visits to Gunnersbury Park Nature Reserve, while the children in Y2 play a more active role in the school’s drama and music productions, performing at weekly music assemblies and with most children beginning to learn a music instrument at this age. Both year groups continue to enjoy an exciting and diverse range of trips and workshops.

Children enter Y3 as confident learners with strong communications skills and wide range of interests, well equipped to deal with the joys and challenges they will face as they progress through the school.