In Years 1 and 2 the children progress on to Key Stage 1 where their learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage is developed. The core skills of Literacy and Mathematics are still the focus for learning and are timetabled during morning sessions when the children are full of energy. Writing is extended at this stage and other subjects such as Science, Technology, History, Geography, Art, Music, ICT, PE and Religious Education are further developed and taught across the curriculum in half termly topics. This enables the children to absorb the work in a dynamic and interesting way and allows them to be able to relate their learning in Maths for example with the work they may be doing in History.
Constant praise and encouragement is the key to success and the children are rewarded for good work, being helpful and working well together. This approach means that the children immediately know when they have done well, understand what standards they are aiming for and creates a happy, harmonious atmosphere. We place a high value on the children attaining the best they can, but also recognise that children achieve at different rates. With our small class sizes, excellent quality teachers and support staff we are able to stretch those children who find the work easier and support others with extra help.
It is at this stage that we are also able to ascertain the children’s preferred learning styles – auditory, visual or kinaesthetic - and tailor our teaching accordingly, giving each and every child the opportunity to learn in the way that best suits them. The teachers at Queen’s College really know and understand the children in their care and this individual, family-style approach is what makes the difference in the children achieving their potential. In addition, to help the children develop as confident and independent learners, we have introduced the SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) scheme of work which teaches the children to express themselves, problem solve and develop their independent thinking and learning skills from a young age.
All our classrooms are close to the Pre-Prep adventure playground – a wonderful array of climbing equipment, swings and playground games. Here the children can go out at break and lunchtimes, run around and play with their friends in a stimulating, well supervised environment. We are fortunate at Queen’s to have so much space for outdoor play where the children can be free to be noisy and physical – so important to complement classroom learning.
To view a copy of the Pre-Prep Parents' Handbook, please click here.
To download a copy of the full Year 1 curriculum, please click here.
To download a copy of the full Year 2 curriculum, please click here.