The Key Stage 1 curriculum includes Maths and Literacy, Art and Design & Technology, History & Geography, IT, Modern Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Music, Personal Development and P.E. Our Year 1 and 2 classes have a full- time teaching assistant in addition to the class teacher, which allows us to work closely with the children and differentiate the learning according to their needs, whether that they require further consolidation or extension of skills being learnt in the classroom. The children are taught by specialist teachers for Modern Hebrew, Jewish Studies, Music and P.E. Our focus is on giving the skills, knowledge and experiences they need to help them become confident, mature people with a life-long love of learning. The classroom environment allows the children to ask questions and explore concepts through a topic based curriculum, which includes themes such as A Walk in the Woods, Up, up and Away and She sells Seashells on the Seashore.
Assessment is an ongoing process, which is incorporated into the structure of the learning week. Teachers check on the children's skills, knowledge and understanding as the lesson goes along. This ensures that they can give individuals help if needed, re-explain aspects to the class if necessary, and adjust plans for the next lesson to make sure that all the children learn systematically; it informs future planning rather than a summary of progress. The regular marking of class and homework helps teachers assess the children's skills and development and the children receive feedback on their performance and progress through a system called Two stars and a wish; two statements of positive feedback and a target.
Children annually complete a Maths and English progress test, produced by GL Assessment. This provides a nationally standardised summative assessment, which we use to help identify trends and strengths within the school as well as for providing individual information within a national context.
Parents have regular informal updates from the teachers as well as attending Parents' Evenings during the first and second terms and receiving a written report at the end of the final term, which includes assessment data.