Year 1 & Year 2

In Years 1 and 2 we aim to build on the learning that has taken place in the Early Years Foundation Stage. We place an emphasis on teaching the children social, literacy and numeracy skills alongside being independent learners. Purposeful play is still valued and encouraged as a way to teach these skills. Teachers and teaching assistants continue to work with small groups and individuals to teach them the next steps in their learning as well as expecting the children to independently complete carefully designed activities that support the development of the next stage of their learning.

There are 4 areas of learning that are assessed at the end of Year 2. They are:-

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science

The children’s progress in these areas is carefully tracked throughout Years 1 and 2.

Moving to a New Class

Children spend a whole day with their new teacher before the summer holidays. In September a meeting is held for parents by each class teacher to meet their child’s class teacher and to discuss the routines of their new class.

Moving to the Juniors

A variety of activities take place to ensure a smooth transition to Beeston Rylands Junior School. The children undertake a series of activities at the end of the summer term that are taken to the Junior School in September. The children are paired with an older child as a ‘buddy’ and there are regular visits to the school. The staff also meet to ensure all necessary information is transferred. The Headteachers of both schools meet regularly to ensure effective transition between the two schools. Many policies and procedure have been written jointly by both schools.

What our parents say:

"The children develop a strong bond with their teachers, and there is good evidence of the vision of the headteacher." "The opportunities provided for the children are excellent." "The headteacher goes the extra mile to make sure that parents feel involved, supported and satisfied with their children's experience of school." "We are delighted with the excellent standard of teaching." "Abigail really enjoys going to school and has made really good progress."
Trent Vale Infant and Nursery School