In Year 1 we build on the child-initiated, play based curriculum of the Early Years with more structured lessons following the National Curriculum.
At Grace Dieu we bring this alive through our creative curriculum – which sees pupils learning through topics that inspire, interest and engage. Our lessons are interactive, hands on and great fun to allow the children to reach their full potential and make great progress.
Children are taught in classes of no more than 20, with a qualified teacher, Laura Kanellis, supported by a Nursery Nurse, Helen Doheny (NVQ Level 3). The children also enjoy a range of lessons taught by subject specific teachers including French, PE, Music and Swimming.
Whilst most of their time is classroom based, Year 1 will also use the School ICT suite, the Arts Hall, Sports Hall, the Chapel and our 120 acres of grounds – for both their weekly Outdoor Learning lessons, and, where relevant, to bring all their other learning to life too.
Recent topics include The Great Fire of London and ‘Under The Sea’ where children were able to learn from a Rainbow Trout brought in by their teacher! The topics change half termly and children go on a range of trips to bring their learning to life. For examples, our Year 1 pupils visited the Richard III Visitors Centre as part of their Kings and Queens topic.
Some of our Topic Webs can be seen by clicking here:
The transition from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 is smooth and straightforward. Being in one building ensures the progression is natural and effective.