In the three years, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2, children make the greatest progress – by the end of this time they can read and write, do simple sums, recite tables and cope well with many other academic tasks. In addition they enjoy a breadth of specialist teaching in French, music, dance, swimming and sport.
These are the most important years in a child’s education. Get these right – and the child is set up for the rest of their schooling and for life.
The two reception classes usually have between twelve and eighteen children (we never go above eighteen in Little Court!) There is a form teacher and a classroom assistant. As part of Early Years, in addition to the government's requirements the children are formally taught to read and write using traditional phonics methods. They are also taught cursive writing script from the start.
Year 1 sees children with well-developed reading and writing skills consolidate their gains. Year one is particularly important for gaining the basic skills of arithmetic.
Year 2 sees the children at the top of Little Court – with confidence in their new strengths very evident. They are more than ready for the jump into the Middle School.