Miss Broadhead, supported by Mrs Hollister, teaches Horsebridge class and the children really flourish here. Their topics for learning recognise their growing awareness of the world around them and provide challenging opportunities for them to ask questions and learn in greater depth about their own culture and that of others.
This is always a class on the go! The children are sparky, love working in small groups but are equally happy to work on their own and are really learning the value of each of the steps of our effort mountain which begs the question in each learning point ‘how ‘in the flow’ are you?’ Our Year 1/2 children really rise to the challenge of being there all the time!
The curriculum for Year 1/2 and year 2/3 is closely matched and teachers of these classes plan together to ensure Year 2 have equal access to topics. It also allows us to moderate our own judgements of children’s progress closely with 2 teachers working together as a team. As our Year 2 children are across 2 separate classes, the curriculum is organised for Key Stage 1 carefully, having been revised to take account of the different year group organisation. Year 1 children are carefully planned for so that their growing independence is fostered whilst still following the objectives they need to cover through their topic, literacy and numeracy work.
We love to learn new things in Redbridge and in the first half of the spring term we are ‘Waste Warriors’. We begin this topic learning about materials and the properties of materials. We will learn that some materials can be twisted, squashed and squeezed while others are strong and hard. As scientists we will learn to use words such as sturdy, opaque and transparent when we describe these materials.
We are looking forward to working with lots of people in our community; Whitchurch Silk Mill will visit to teach us about the silk process and how thread is woven to make fabric, Test Valley Recycling Stars will teach us about reusing, recycling and reducing our waste and the Solar Farm will visit to teach us about renewable energy sources.
Inevitably, we need to look towards the tests that Year 2s take nationally in June of this academic year. We hold a briefing for parents at the end of Year 1 through the ‘meet the teacher’ evening so that parents already have a heads up of the raised expectations for their child in this year group. We will reiterate this in the Autumn term and then in the Spring term, we hold a full briefing just about SATs.
Your child has an individual log on for their Mathletics account and we encourage them to use this at least 4 times in the week. There will always be a challenge set by the class teacher which is relevant to the learning they are doing in school that week. Once this is completed, they are free to undertake and tackle maths challenges of their choice.
You can register as a parent and be linked to your child so that you can find out exactly how successful they’ve been and what areas of maths they’ve tackled. Follow the link here to get registered.