Lower Primary is made up of two year groups-Years 1 and 2, and these two year groups are referred to as Key Stage 1 of the National Curriculum. As the children leave EYFS we ensure a smooth transition by continuing with elements of the EYFS pedagogy to ensure that passion and creativity for learning remains. With the confidence and independence gained in Early Years, Lower Primary children are well equipped to build upon their skills and understanding in order to access the broad and challenging Key Stage 1 curriculum.
After kick starting each morning with an ‘emotional check-in’, teachers deliver a fun and pacey daily phonics session and then a varied timetable of lessons including maths, English and topic are followed. Learning is encompassed around a class topic allowing cross-curricular teaching to take place. This in turn, creates links in learning and deepens the skills, knowledge and understanding of the different subject curriculums. Specialist subjects taught include PE, Spanish and Catalan.
As confidence continues to grow and children become more open minded, reflective and well balanced, there are various opportunities for extra curricular activities and performances such as class assemblies, storytelling, poem recitals and end of year shows. Success is shared and celebrated.
Pastoral care is of utmost importance to us. It is simple: children who feel safe, secure and valued will have the confidence to take risks in their learning and learn to the best of their abilities. A large part of Lower Primary PSHE lessons are in the form of daily circle time sessions to discuss feelings, emotions and relationships to empower children to make good choices and build respectful relationships with their peers.
By the end of Summer term, we have self assured, confident students eager to take on the many new and exciting challenges as they move into Upper Primary.