Year 1 and 2 Curriculum

For our Years 1 and 2 children, we go beyond the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum. At this stage, topics can be child-led, and this is particularly important for Year 1. Creativity and multi-sensory learning are key focus areas for both year groups. Be prepared to receive plenty of your child’s creative masterpieces!

We put a strong emphasis on literacy and numeracy, and we also encourage awareness and enjoyment of Science, History, Geography, Music, Art, Drama, ICT, Design Technology, Religious Education, Physical Education, and Dance. By offering a broad and balanced curriculum we are able to draw out the talents of each child.

Reading and Home Learning

Reading is the key to success in many subjects, as well as a lasting pleasure, and the teaching of reading is structured and positive, consolidating and reinforcing essential skills and ensuring that reading is an enjoyable experience.

Starting with phonics (learning the letter sounds), our pupils then move on to build up a sight vocabulary of words. Each child reads every day at school, either individually or as part of a class group. Each pupil has a reading record book and brings this home together with a reading book. The pupil’s form teacher will recommend the reading books carefully and will indicate in the record book what he/she would like help with at home. As children become more independent, they will take a steadily increasing role in choosing their own books. Pupils may borrow books from the Little Library for a week at a time.

Pupils in Year 1 and Year 2 will bring home spellings to learn each week, based on the phonics learned in class, and there will also be other learning tasks, in particular for Mathematics and topic work.

Whole School Open Week

Monday 28 September – Friday 2 October

This year we are doing things slightly differently to comply with current Covid-19 guidelines.

We warmly invite you to experience Rye St Antony during a personal virtual meeting at a time that suits you. Meet staff and pupils, have a look around with our virtual tour and see what makes Rye so special.

We are incredibly proud of the Virtual Learning Experience we have offered our pupils during lockdown – you can read about it here