We have 3 Year 1 classes at Shinfield Infants. This is for the 5-6 year olds. Each class has a teacher and a full time teaching assistant. Additional teaching assistants are employed to support groups of children. One to one support is provided for children who have additional needs.
The children learn through exploratory play and structured activities. As in Foundation Stage they are given the opportunity to explore a range of fun, exciting and stimulating activities through a balance of adult-led and self-directed activities. These activities encourage the children to become increasingly independent which builds self-esteem and confidence.
We follow the 2014 National Curriculum. Activities are planned around broad themes throughout Key Stage 1 so that children have plenty of opportunities to learn and practise new skills through interesting and exciting experiences. These take place both indoors and outdoors.
Subjects covered include Computing, Science, History, Geography, PE, Music, RE, PSHE, Art and DT. More information on what is covered is given in our school prospectus and in the topic grid and curriculum news attached. There is also useful information at the back of the children’s school planners.
We teach phonics in ability groups using the Little Wandle scheme. During phonics lessons we also teach and practise spelling. We also teach in ability groups for Maths. Intervention and individual assistance is given as appropriate, for example small group work or individual help with sound linkage, precision monitoring and Reading Rescue which all target specific learning needs. The main reading scheme followed in school is the Oxford Reading Tree, but we have a comprehensive selection of other reading material from different schemes, both fiction and non-fiction.
Year 1 are expected to read at home at least four times a week in order to practise and develop their reading skills. Maths targets also need to be practised at home regularly.
Our annual Year 1 trip is to Bekonscot Model Village. Year 1 also enjoy a Teddy Bears’ picnic, a Pirate Day and various exciting workshops.
If you have any further questions about the curriculum please email Headteacher Mrs Nicky Lauchlan – email@example.com