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KEY STAGE 1 - Years 1 & 2

Curriculum Intent

Excite - Inform - Engage - Challenge - Inspire

Our curriculum at Boyne Hill has been designed to excite our pupils about learning - acquiring new knowledge, skills and understanding about the past and the present, about themselves and others, about citizenship and responsibility, health, feelings and beliefs, in this wonderfully diverse and culturally rich world in which they live.

Through engaging lessons, activities and projects, we aim to inspire our pupils to want to learn more, challenging themselves, setting goals and aiming high; being considerate, thoughtful, independent, resilient and believing that anything is possible. The future is theirs to be grasped with both hands so every experience and opportunity we can give them now will help shape the people they become.

It is our aim that this vision is 'lived' in the way we develop and teach the curriculum and in the way our pupils experience it.

 

We do everything we can to make our curriculum inclusive, reflecting the richness and diversity of our local and wider community, enjoyable, accessible and relevant to all pupils. We are passionate about raising standards for every pupil and nurturing a love of learning so whether a pupil has special educational needs and/or disabilities, are learning English as an additional language or are working below or above age related expectations, we are always there to support and challenge them in whatever way we can.

 

Through teaching our broad and balanced, topic-based curriculum, using engaging resources and teaching styles which are adapted to meet the needs of each cohort of children as well as individual pupils, we promote creativity and curiosity and prepare our pupils for the next stage in their learning journey.

 

In 2020, we decided to completely revamp our topic-based curriculum with new and exciting themes and set out a whole key stage, two year rolling programme so that all of the children in years 1 and 2 were learning through the same termly topic. This new and fresh approach is exciting and engaging, with pupils eager to share their learning with each other across the two year groups. The National Curriculum learning objectives are carefully linked with each topic and as Rolling Year 2 termly planning is currently a 'work in progress', the plans for each topic will be added below at the end of every term.

 

Our Curriculum Foundations

  • Developing a sense of self through opportunities for personal, social and emotional aspects of learning, including the most effective ways of living and learning collaboratively within our immediate community and the wider world.
  • Developing a sense of belonging and an understanding of our place in the world through activities to engage with geographical, historical and scientific learning.
  • Promoting physical education alongside knowledge of how to stay safe and make healthy lifestyle choices within the framework of the statutory Relationships & Health Education curriculum.
  • Learning the skills of reading and writing through a programme of systematic synthetic phonics in a language rich environment where vocabulary is taught and present in all curriculum areas.
  • Learning the skills of maths with practise and application in problem solving activities.
  • Developing an understanding of the digital world and computing, including how to stay safe online and understand the impact of technology in the wider world.
  • Encouraging creativity through art, drama and music and by thinking critically and taking risks to build resilience.
  • Collaborative learning and engagement through our topic-based curriculum and special themed weeks such as Diwali and Eid.
  • Environmental education including growing, cooking and being ecologically aware.

 

Curriculum Enrichment

  • Trips and Visits including the local theatre, library, places of worship, places of historical or environmental interest, the Sealife Centre and the Zoo.
  • Visitors including our Parish Priest, theatre and dance performers, road safety and online safety professionals, the NSPCC, people who help us and professional athletes.
  • Events including the local Dance festival, Wake-up, Shake-up festival, community inclusion events, local Reading and Writing challenges, sporting activities and competitions.

 

Evaluation

The effectiveness of our curriculum, in terms of personal and academic development, is evaluated through:

  • Progress data
  • End of year/key stage assessment data
  • The celebration of personal achievements
  • Feedback from parents, carers and the children

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