Years One and Two
At Lanesborough Pre-Prep we are committed to developing a creative curriculum with a mixture of interesting topics, themed weeks and projects to motivate our boys in their learning. The curriculum offers a broad content of study, using the National Curriculum (Key Stage One) as a basic framework. The combination of group work activities and high individual attention promotes appropriate learning for all children across levels of ability. KS 1 pupils build upon the EYFS curriculum that was introduced in Nursery and Shell (Reception). Our boys extend their learning in many ways and are given varied opportunities to explore the curriculum. Topics are introduced with a cross curricular approach. We always try to make links between subjects in order to apply literacy and numeracy skills. We also recognise that subject specific skills need to be taught. Our curriculum planning ensures that this is undertaken effectively. Throughout all subjects we endeavour to teach British values of tolerance, individual freedom, democracy and respect for others. We also try to ensure that the knowledge and experiences of the boys are taken into account.
- English: Our aim is to develop the boys’ ability to listen, speak, read and write for a wide range of purposes, including the communication of their ideas, views and feelings. Boys are enabled to express themselves creatively and imaginatively as they become enthusiastic and critical readers of stories, poetry and drama, as well as of non-fiction and media texts. They are also given the opportunity to use their knowledge, skills and understanding in speaking and writing across a range of different situations.
- Mathematics: We aim to promote a positive attitude to mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. We want our boys to be confident and competent with numbers and the number system and to gain skills in problem solving; understanding shape, space and measures; gathering information; reasoning; use of mathematical language and to become independent learners. developing concepts and independent skills in 'Using and Applying Mathematics', 'Shape, Space and Measure' and 'Number', through practical and written work.
- Science: We try to foster a confident approach towards science. During KS 1 boys observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. Boys share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables. The curriculum is organised to stimulate the boys’ curiosity
- Humanities: Our humanities curriculum is designed to excite the boys about the world around them. They develop an understanding of concepts in History and Geography, through stimulating, thematic programmes of study. In Religious Education we promote cultural understanding, moral and social values as well as an understanding different faiths. In Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE), we aim to equip our boys with the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives.
- French: We want the boys to build on what they have learnt in Shell (Reception) and improve their confidence and language skills. They will develop more challenging vocabulary and structures through song, role-play, stories and games and will gain more understanding of the differences between France and UK. The aim is to develop their spoken language skills and have a simple introduction to the written word. French is taught in Year One and Two by a specialist teacher from the Prep Department.
- Computing and Digital Literacy: Our KS 1 boys are expected to acquire sufficient skills to form a strong basis for learning through digital literacy and to understand the foundations of programming, or ‘coding’, as a specialist discipline in its own right. The boys become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. All classes have computers which the boys use to support their learning. A ‘bank’ of I-Pads is also available for classroom use. Each week the Years One and Two classes have a specialist lesson in the ICT suite in the Prep department.
- Physical Education: Much of the elements taught in KS 1 are built around the content delivered in Shell (Reception), whilst making it more challenging for the boys. The curriculum activities continue targeting core skills whilst helping our boys understand and appreciate the basic principles of Physical Education and its vital importance to a healthy, active lifestyle. Moreover, the curriculum is designed to promote skills and confidence to enhance both pupils’ physical well-being and also their social and personal development. developing co-ordination skills, manipulation and movement, through appropriate physical challenges, both indoors and outdoors, using a range of equipment. All children in Years One and Two have a swimming lesson each week at Spectrum Leisure Centre. Key Stage One pupils receive instruction from trained PE staff from the Prep department.
- Music - During KS 1 our aim is for most boys to have found their singing voices; to have a small yet secure pitch range, to know the basic hand signs and to be able to sing short sections on their own with confidence and expression. The boys will perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. They explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. They will have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and use recorded music appropriately.
- Art and Design – Our art, craft and design curriculum in KS 1 embodies personal expression, cultural understanding and creative responses to our world. It is often linked to our topic work and is more about experience, ideas and making. Pupils engage in a variety of artistic, craft and design processes that involve exploring, investigating, experimenting, reflecting, expressing and refining their ideas through a variety of different media.
- Drama – All KS 1 boys have a timetabled lesson in drama each week. Although drama is contained within the Speaking and Listening Orders for English in the National Curriculum, drama is used across the curriculum as a way of exploring ideas, issues, texts and meaning in all subjects. All boys in the Pre-Prep have the opportunity to take part in our two main performances during the year.
- The curriculum is planned to smooth the transition to the Prep department with boys visiting the main school for PE, library and ICT lessons. The class teacher is the appointed key person for the boys’ pastoral welfare and educational progress during their time at Pre-Prep. Classroom assistants support the class teacher in this role. The Head of Pre-Prep teaches all the boys drama and PSHCE.