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Year 1 in Our Preparatory School | The Banda School

IN YEAR 1 WE OFFER A WARM, WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT PROVIDING A SEAMLESS TRANSITION FROM THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION PROGRAMME TO KEY STAGE ONE IN THE LOWER SCHOOL.

In a secure and dedicated Key Stage One area of the school, we strive to enhance and broaden the children’s experiences as they are gently introduced to a more formal learning environment.

For  Literacy, we look at different genres of writing using a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books. Grammar is learned through the written tasks linked to the style of books we study. We support this with the Letters and Sounds Phonics Programme which builds on skills introduced in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We teach a phonics session each day where new sounds are introduced and constantly consolidated. 

 In Numeracy we follow the Abacus Evolve scheme, which is both very practical and interactive. There are many interactive smartboard activities the children are able to undertake, alongside work books and practical sessions carried out in the classroom or outside.

Topic work is theme based and linked creatively to our Art curriculum so that our children get a real feel for the subject they are studying.  

 As part of the Lower School subject specialists teach:

  • Computing - basic computer packages and mouse control.
  • Music - sing, play percussion and exposure to different styles of music.
  • Physical Education and Games - skills to support hockey, tennis, football, athletics and gymnastics
  • Swimming for all, including Little Fishes (for pupils aged 5 to 6) who are invited to attend and train as part of our extra-curricular programme. 

Year 1 join the main school for assemblies and take part in a Lower School assembly each week. We encourage all our pupils either individually or as part of their class to perform whether by singing, playing an instrument, in role-play or even just to talk to an audience. They take part in our charity events and are enthusiastic participants in our House competitions. Our pupils are involved in our Cross Curricular Programme (CCP) which gives them experience of a wide range of crafts, sports and hobbies. All of these activities combine to produce well-rounded, interested young learners.

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