Children in Years 1 and 2 are taught in class 2 by Mrs Ashton and Mrs Todd alongside teaching assistant Mrs Darke. Mr. Rose teaches the children P.E. one morning per week. There are 18 children in class 2.
Our Teaching and Learning.
We follow the 2014 National Curriculum for the teaching of English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education.
Where possible, a thematic approach to learning is used in order to maximise cross-curricular links between subjects. The topics are on a two-year cycle and are subject to change depending on class interests and significant events such as the WW1 Centenary. Please click on the link below to open an outline of this cycle including the English units that are being taught alongside. Mathematics lessons are usually stand alone however there are often links to topics such as making graphs.
Depending on the length of the topic, termly or half termly newsletters are sent out to parents with more details of the curriculum being covered.
We have recently updated our reading scheme in school to offer a variety of reading books. Each child in school is given weekly reading books to enjoy at home. The coloured sticker on the spine of the book indicates the colour band of the reading book and within each colour band there are a range of books of different genres and degrees of challenge. We always greatly appreciate the time parents and carers spend reading with their child at home; it has a noticeable impact on the children's reading as the school year progresses. In school we aim to listen to all children in class 2 read at least once a week. In addition to this whole class and group reading sessions are used to develop children's comprehension skills.
In Key Stage 1 all children have a 15 minute phonics session four times per week to teach the skills needed in word reading. The phonics scheme used in school is Letters and Sounds. The children also have regular phonics homework to reinforce learning that has taken place in these sessions.
Through their English lessons children will develop skills in transcription (spelling), composition (thinking of ideas and structuring them in writing) and in using grammar and Standard English. Short handwriting sessions are used to practise the correct formation of letters and to introduce joined handwriting. Children are taught to write a range of genres such as stories, recounts and information texts. Where possible a book linked to the terms topic is used in English lessons.
At Bugthorpe we use ‘Focus Maths’ as the foundation of our planning. Mathematics in Key Stage 1 is taught as a daily maths lesson, in addition maths skills are also used in other subjects, such as science.
Through these daily lessons children will develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. They will work with numerals, words and the four operations. Often they will use practical resources for example, concrete objects and measuring tools. Children will also start to learn about shapes and measures including length, mass, capacity/volume, time, money, statistics and fractions. Within these maths lessons we do daily counting activities to become confident in counting forwards and backwards in multiples of 1, 2, 5 and 10.
The children have two P.E. lessons per week where they are taught basic skills such as throwing and catching and how to apply these to team games. The children are also taught dance and athletics.
From time to time we also invite specialist coaches in to school to teach the children for either one off lessons or a series of lessons.
During the summer term the children are given the opportunity to represent Bugthorpe School in team competitions such as three in a bucket.
In class 2 our P.E. lessons are on a Tuesday morning with Mr Rose.
Homework in class 2 is sent home weekly on a Friday. The homework alternates half termly between spelling and maths.
All children have spellings to learn in school and at home that are based on the Year 1 and 2 common exception words.
To support the children in becoming more fluent in their mental maths skills (including times table facts for children in year 2) we run a 100 club for year 2 children and 50 club for the year 1 children. The children all have a particular maths focus for a number weeks such as number bonds to 10 or times table facts to practise at home and are quizzed in school on a Friday by answering as many questions as they can in a set time. These quizzes are carried out in a fun way, where the children attempt to beat their own personal score.