Year 1 marks the beginning of transition from the play based curriculum in Early Years to a more academic one. Children starting in September will find the transition a gradual one, with plenty of play activities being interspersed with daily literacy and maths sessions.
The day begins at 8.45 am, with registration at 9 am. During the first 15 minutes, the children are encouraged to take part in a range of early morning activities to get their brains warmed up and ready for learning. This time is also a chance for adults in the classroom to hear children read, helping them to practice fluency and comprehension.
Literacy and Maths lessons usually take place in the morning, when young children's brains are most receptive. Afternoons are when most International Primary Curriculum (IPC), Sport and swimming lessons take place. These are equally important for a child's development but need slightly different levels of concentration. There are also phonics sessions that are differentiated according to the children's individual needs. These are run in conjunction with children in Caribbean Class, so a child who may have more advanced skills will find themselves in a group appropriate for their level.
At CIS we are proud to be running a Mother Tongue programme for children who do not have English as their first language. Twice a week, children will have lessons in their home language.
Swimming lessons begin in Year 1. Every Thursday afternoon, the children in Coral and Caribbean Classes go to the Abbey Pool.
The children in the Infant classes also have the opportunity to go to Forest School every fortnight. They learn outdoor skills such as den building, plant identification and making fires. All activities are carefully and safely supervised by an experienced specialist outdoor team.
During the year in Coral Class the children will have the opportunity of going on exciting and stimulating trips that are related to the topic they are studying. Some examples of class trips include visits to the Science Museum in London to support learning about Space, Bewilderwood as part of the Stories that People Tell Unit and Whipsnade Zoo as an experience to enhance the topic on Living Things.
The end of the school day for the Infants is 3.15 pm.
Mrs Jo Bailey is currently the teacher of Coral Class and would be happy to discuss life in Year 1 in more detail. Mr Orwin, who is the Head of Infants, would also be happy to discuss any issues or questions you may have. Please contact the Admissions Department on 01223 778290 if you would like to arrange a visit.