The children will learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They are encouraged to use ambitious vocabulary and language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds.
They learn to speak clearly, thinking about the needs of their listeners. They work in small groups and as a class, joining in discussions and making relevant points. They also learn how to listen carefully to what other people are saying, so that they can remember the main points. They learn to use language in imaginative ways and express their ideas and feelings when working in role and in drama activities.
The children’s interest and pleasure in reading is developed as they learn to read confidently and independently. They focus on words and sentences and how they fit into whole texts. They work out the meaning of straightforward texts and say why they like them or do not like them. They start to enjoy writing and see the value of it. They learn to communicate meaning in narrative and non-fiction texts and spell and punctuate correctly. Children are listened to daily by the Class Teacher or Teaching Assistant.
The children develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning particularly when solving problems. We use our extensive library of maths games to make sure the children are learning while they ‘play’.
The children observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables. The visit to Nower Wood and Painshill Park gives children experience of snails and pond dipping.
Children will explore ICT and learn to use it confidently and with purpose to achieve specific outcomes. They start to use ICT to develop their ideas and record their creative work but learn to programme and make full use of the Microsoft package, from manipulating spreadsheets to comparing PowerPoint presentations to other presentation devices such as Prezi. They become familiar with hardware and software and have regular access to the latest tablets, IPads, Apple TV and Smooth boards to support their learning both in curriculum ICT and across the broader subject range.
Children are well educated in the safe use of email and the internet. Longacre has a responsibility to ensure that when using the World Wide Web, children understand the potential dangers and the etiquette to avoid risk in addition to seeking support and guidance in the face of problems. Parents are also invited into school to gain a more realistic understanding of the internet, supervision of their children and the implications of social media for example.