Year 1 and 2
At St John's Wood Pre-Prep we have four year groups. Here you can learn about our fantastic Year 1 and 2 classes.
Find our Year 2 standardised test results here.
In Year 1, we adopt a theme-based approach to learning which enables us to make lots of cross-curricular links between various subjects. This enables the children to see how different areas of the world relate to each other and helps the transition from Reception which is a more play-based curriculum to the more formal based curriculum we have in year 1. We use a lot of kinaesthetic, visual and oral aides to scaffold their learning in preparation for the learning they will have in year 2. Because of the great staff ratio that we have we are able to help those who need extra support and those who need that challenge and need to be extended, we find it much easier to give that to them as well.
In Year 2 the goal is to make them independent and confident to take the 7+ entrance exams. In the autumn term we focus on their academic skills, we encourage them to practice their test skills, so they can do well in the exams, as well as being confident enough to sit in a group or take an interview. The children do presentations to one another and to the class, and they might in community time in front of the whole school and parents. They are more confident to take on responsibilities, look after the little ones and some are made prefects. By the end of the year, they are all prefects. We hear from the parents of the children who have just left, or from the schools about how well our children have settled in. That they are confident, that their academic skills are at least as good as the children that are going to the skills often better. And that they are self-assured and independent which is exactly what we are hoping for.
Year 1 & 2 Newsletter
Autumn Term 2: Week 1
It is wonderful to see the children after the half term break.
Both Years 1 and 2 added to and learned about Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot.
To represent fireworks Year 1 covered a piece of card in dark colours using oil pastels. Then they etched fireworks out of the covered card using tooth picks. Year 2 used bubble wrap and paint, dabbing it on to card creating fireworks. They followed this up by doing comprehension exercise.
A huge big thank you to the parents for creating such amazing pumpkin carvings. The children had a wonderful time describing their pumpkins and who helped them to carve it.
The children have been doing yoga with Mrs. Hazard.
Year 1 have been working on lists and description.
Year 2 have been doing comprehension exercises and creative writing.
Year 1 have been working on Place Value and skip counting.
Year 2 have been working on time problem solving and reasoning.
Both Years 1 and 2 are going to learn about Remembrance Day and the significance of the Red Poppy Flower. Year 1 will have their community time this coming Friday.
It is science week next week.
Year 1 are going to learn about what materials will be useful to patch a broken umbrella (waterproof)
Year 2 are going to learn about Sir Issac Newton and perform a few experiments.
Year 1 are going to work on lists, signs, labels.
Year 2 will be working on writing a letter, written comprehension and poem.
Year 1 are going to work on 2D shape and calculations.
Year 2 are going to work on directions and data handling.
We wish you a relaxing and enjoyable weekend
Mr Pilla and Ms Sheikh