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Class 2

Class 2 will cover a series of half-termly mini topics.  We organise these topics carefully to take into account both Year 1 and Year 2 pupils. Some pupils will cover both Year A and Year B however pupils that completed their Year 1 in Class 1 will only cover one of these years.  We have taken this into consideration with our planning ensuring that all pupils have covered the KS1 National Curriculum by the end of Year 2.


When planning our topics, as you will see from the Curriculum Maps for each class we take into account previous and future learning.  We also explore key concepts and key vocabulary for any given topic.  Our teachers use 'Knowledge Organisers' to support pupils' learning at the start of any topic or unit of work- we identify the key knowledge, skills, concepts and vocabulary and create an organiser that is pupil friendly.

Class 2 Big Curriculum Overview- These are our 'Long Term Plans' for Class 2- these are the plans which map out all the learning, across our foundation curriculum in any given year. Because of our mixed-aged class we create two cycles of learning- Year A and Year B.

Topic Maps for Class 2- Year A and Year B- Our 'Topic Maps' become our 'Medium Term Plans' where we plan a bit deeper into a given topic. We take objectives developed from the National Curriculum and map these out topic by topic, building pupils knowledge and understanding of key concepts, skills and vocabulary. These topic maps also show the schemes of learning that we follow. You will see that key concepts get repeated regularly in order to build up understanding.

Class 2 Curriculum Topic Maps.mp4

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Running alongside the foundation curriculum we have our core curriculum- made up of English, Maths and Religious Education. English is broken down into different components: GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling), Writing (Transcription and handwriting as well as composition), Reading (including early reading known as phonics and reading comprehension). We map each of these areas of writing separately. In English especially we focus our curriculum around high quality texts and you will see these mapped out for each unit of work. You will also see below the long term overview of Maths teaching- we use a scheme of work called White Rose.