For the academic year 2021 - 2022, children who are in Years 1 and 2 will be in three mixed year group classes. This is because pupil numbers in these year groups are smaller than we are typically used to at Radstock. Please find attached a copy of the letter that Mrs Slocombe sent to parents in the summer term 2021 here.
The curriculum will be structured over a 2-year rolling programme for English, Science and the foundation subjects, with mathematics taught in year groups. Over the 2-year rolling programme, the children will cover all they need to from the National Curriculum. Both national and local data indicates that being placed in a mixed age class has no negative impact on children’s academic achievement; in fact, educational research suggests that children often perform better in classes with a bigger age range. The teachers will ensure that children who find aspects of the curriculum more challenging will be supported in the same way as they have been in single year classes and those working above the expected standard will continue to be challenged. All children will be provided with work that deepens their understanding, provides them with opportunities to problem-solve and reason and explore new concepts.
There is statutory testing in both Year 1 and Year 2 and preparation for this will continue as it always has in Key Stage 1. Year 1 children will be prepared for the Phonics Screening Check through our excellent Read Write Inc programme and teaching throughout the school day and the year 2 children will be prepared for the National Year 2 assessments through regular classroom practice. During May, the Year 1 children will be withdrawn to take part in additional learning whilst the Year 2 children will sit the formal test papers.
Please find below the curriculum map for Year 1/2 for 2021 - 2022.
Parents will be invited to attend a Transition meeting early on in September. The powerpoint from the meeting will be uploaded below following the meeting.