Our Phase 1 Curriculum
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The Big Outdoors
We actively encourage, enjoy and enrich our learning through the use of our fantastic outdoor environments. Our spacious outdoor classroom encourages imaginative play which in turn helps to develop your child’s fine and gross motor skills.
All of our children thoroughly enjoy our big outdoors sessions in Year R which take place in all weathers. The children are encouraged to study their natural environment, to find things for themselves and create art and other objects from the available natural materials. We support our children to challenge themselves and to take risks in the environment.
Each session begins with some quiet listening time, lying immersed in the tall grass using all of our senses. We then take part in activities such as making bird feeders with fir cones and raisins, natural sculpture, den building on a large and small scale, pond dipping and mini-beast hunts. We always finish each session with a warming cup of hot chocolate which is enjoyed by all.
Year 1 continue the Big Outdoor sessions exploring knots, making stick frames, looking at seasonal changes and linking their learning and exploration to their curriculum.
At Preston Hedge’s Primary School we follow the ‘Letters & Sounds’ phonics program. This scheme is broken down into 6 ‘Phases’ and each of these Phases is aimed to support reading and spelling at various stages of a child’s development.
- Phase 2, 3 & 4 are ideally complete during Reception.
- Phase 5 is the longest of all the Phases and should begin at the start of Year One.
- Extra afternoon phonics provision is given to those children who require additional support in meeting end of year national requirements.
The teaching of phonics begins as soon as the children join us in Reception and are settled into their new daily routine. We believe that to teach phonics in the most effective way, it should be taught in smaller adult led groups. Therefore, we alternate phonics and handwriting between each class, enabling us to utilise all adults effectively. We have found a rapid, quick fire method of revising, learning and applying to be highly effective. This method is also followed throughout Year One.
An update on Handwriting will appear here in September 2017.
The calculation policy below is designed to give pupils a consistent and
smooth progression of learning in calculations across the school. Early learning in number
and calculation in Reception follows the Development Matters EYFS documentation and this
calculation policy is designed to build on progressively from the content and methods
established in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
There are two core strands to the Preston Hedges Computing Curriculum in Phase 1.
- Integrated access to mobile technology to support and enhance the core curriculum, enhancing core life skills.
- Basic Skills Development, which is assessed annually against the Preston Hedge’s Driving Licence in term 1 from Year 1 and supported by basic skills IT sessions.
E-Safety has a section at the bottom of this website.
Plants in Year 1
Further information about our curriculum will be published in September 2017.