In Robin Class we strive to engage our children, add spark and energy to their lessons and promote a strong sense of self worth through our inspiring curriculum based on practical and first hand learning.
Our current topic is “Celebrations“
At Barley we feel it is important for children in year 1 and 2 to continue to work on the principles taught in reception through play and child initiated activities. Each day the outdoor area, role-play area in class and other resources will be used to enrich our curriculum. By using this mix of formal and informal teaching, we feel we will be able to create a good and imaginative learning environment for all the children in the class.
Robin Class swim and have two hours of PE from specialist coaches every week. During PE we aim to enhance children’s physical literacy. This involves working on their motor skills, healthy lifestyles, building self-confidence and co-operation.
Maths is taught through discrete daily sessions.
We place a very high value on learning core number skills such as knowledge of place value and number bonds. These skills are applied in many different ways, including practical activities such as cooking and outdoor learning.
Don’t be surprised to see our children outside jumping, running, drawing and smiling and laughing as they learn Maths!
Reading is fun in Robin Class !
All children in Robin Class have a daily phonic and reading session. Teachers use the DfE approved Phonics Bug scheme supported by Letters and Sounds resources to ensure consistent phonics teaching and learning.
Phonics is a way of teaching children to read quickly and skilfully. They are taught how to: Recognise the phonemes (unit of sound) that each individual letter makes, identify the phonemes that different combinations of letters make such as ‘sh’ or ‘oo’ (diagraphs) and blend these sounds together with other phonemes from left to right to make a word. Children can then use this knowledge to ‘de-code’ new words that they hear or see.
Phonics Bug and Bug Club books are used in school and at home to promote this phonics learning. Phonics Bug books are phonically decodable and are designed to practise the phonics skills children are learning in school.
Bug Club books are for further practise and enjoyment. Special features of our eBooks include a phoneme pronunciation guide, model reading, rewards and a quiz question to reinforce phonic skills.
As the children progress with their phonic skills other colour coded reading schemes are introduced such as Oxford Reading Tree, Yellow Bananas and Rigby Star. There is a well-stocked fiction library in class which children are free to choose from too.
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