Harris Academies
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KS1 Curriculum

Year 1 and Year 2 Topic Curriculum

Our children are taught in line with the expectations that are set out in the National Curriculum.  English, Mathematics, R.E., Music and P.E. are generally taught as discrete subjects. All the remaining subjects are taught through our thematic curriculum, which is a stimulating topic based approach to learning. In addition to this, children are taught Mandarin as a Modern Foreign Language alongside furthering their Spanish learning from last year. 

Our thematic curriculum has been designed to ensure rigorous learning of knowledge and the development of skills which has been mapped to the 2014 National Curriculum to ensure comprehensive coverage of national expectations.  It is delivered through half-termly Imaginative Learning Projects which provide a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.

We believe children learn better when they are encouraged to use their imagination and apply their learning to engaging contexts.  Our curriculum provides children with many learning challenges throughout the year that require them to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively.  Teachers work to ensure all learning is exciting, active and meaningful for children.

Music and P.E. are taught by specialist teachers.   

The theme for each term's topic can be found in the table below:

 

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 1

Superheroes

Bright Lights, Big City

Paws, Claws and Whiskers

Moon Zoom!

Splendid Skies

Memory Box

             
Year 2

Wriggle and Crawl

Towers, Tunnels and Turrets Street Detectives Muck, Mess and Mixtures Land Ahoy

Beachcombers

 

             

For more details of what your child will learn each half-term please see the Curriculum Overviews at the bottom of this page.

Mathematics

Mathematics is taught daily at Harris Primary Academy East Dulwich. We use an innovative, focused programme of work, which teaches children mathematical concepts practically first, before moving on to pictorial representations and finally the abstract recording. This is based on the Singapore Maths approach to teaching and aligns well with the focus in the National Curriculum on ‘mastery’.

The key features of Singapore Maths are:

  • Emphasis on problem solving and comprehension, allowing pupils to relate what they learn and to connect knowledge.
  • Careful scaffolding of core concepts through:
    • visualisation, as a platform for comprehension;
    • mental strategies, to develop decision making abilities;
    • pattern recognition, to support the ability to make connections and generalise.
  • Emphasis on the foundations for learning and not on the content itself so pupils learn to think mathematically as opposed to merely reciting formulas or procedures.

English Teaching and Learning in Year 1 and Year 2

Lessons and activities for all areas of English are planned carefully to help children develop and progress their skills continuously. Learning objectives are taken from the programmes of study in the current National Curriculum for English.  

We teach Phonics through the Letter and Sounds programme. Phonics teaching and learning supports the development of early reading and writing skills. 

Reading

We believe that reading is the gateway to learning but should always be pleasurable and fun. We aim to give children a concrete set of skills to decode and understand text but also enable them to develop a lifelong love of books. As children progress through KS1 they continue to read regularly with adults in guided reading sessions and other classroom activities. These activities include, reading journal tasks and written comprehension tasks. Our well stocked fiction and non-fiction class library areas aim to offer children a wide range of personal choice alongside the books selected by adults for learning activities. 

Handwriting

Year one are taught to use a pre-cursive script. We believe that this promotes flow and speed, and supports spelling as the children develop as writers. All teachers in Year one model the pre-cursive script when working with children or marking books.  In Year two, children begin to learn to join letters using a cursive script. 

Writing

Writing is taught through two separate but intrinsically linked lessons. Firstly, all children participate in regular ‘writing skills’ sessions where the focus is on learning and developing the ‘tools’ or ‘skills’ of writing such as grammar, punctuation, spelling, drafting and improving in an age appropriate manner. Compositional and creative writing is taught in the main through our thematic topic work which allows the teachers to select writing tasks that match well with other learning in the topic, we believe that this helps them to feel that their writing is meaningful and has a purpose.