Milepost 1 (Ages 5-7)
Milepost 1 Curriculum
Milepost 1 (MP1) is the term used to describe the Year 1 and Year 2 classes.
In MP1, there is a strong emphasis on encouraging children’s self expression with opportunities to develop confidence and skills in the four key areas of speaking, listening, reading and writing. In line with our cross-curricular approach, children will explore a wide variety of genres both in English lessons and other curriculum areas, such as through our IPC curriculum subjects. English is based on the National Curriculum for England standards and we currently use the WordSmith programme, which incorporates a balance of fiction, non-fiction and poetry texts. We use a systematic and progressive approach to phonics and other conventions of literacy, such as spelling, reading, grammar and language for particular purposes from the Early Years Foundation Stage (Nursery and Reception). By the end of Year 2, children will develop the skills to help them read increasingly complex texts and the confidence and tools to effectively write their own thoughts in a way that is clear to others.
Reading skills are developed through our our various reading programmes. Guided Reading sessions are scheduled in the Year 1 and Year 2 timetables. In these sessions children are encouraged to read, enjoy and answer questions about set books in smaller groups. In Shared Reading, texts are read as a whole-class, where comprehension skills are explored to assist in deepening understanding of a variety of texts. Furthermore, each child has an independent reading programme, suited to the level and needs of the child. The reading scheme allows children to progress at a pace appropriate to them, helping to develop confidence and a sense of achievement and above all, a love of reading.
From Years One to Six, St. Michael’s International School views Mathematics as a core subject and teaches a hierarchy of skills and concepts under the following subject areas:
1- Using and applying mathematics
2- Counting and understanding number
3- Knowing and using number facts
5- Understanding shape
7- Handling data
These seven areas (or strands) are taken from the UK Primary Framework for Mathematics. This framework underpins the majority of teaching of Mathematics at this school as it is considered to lay a strong foundation for future competency. Children deepen their understanding of mathematics through exploring practical real-life applications, linked where possible to other aspects of the curriculum. The use of ICT is built into Mathematics teaching where appropriate, with the ICT suite, iPads and class Smart Board being used during Mathematics Lessons.Children are taught strategies to effectively complete calculations and to solve problems.
The curriculum is planned so that skills can be developed and mastered as a child progresses through our school. Below are the learning expectations for MP1:
- During Maths lessons, learners investigate, develop and use abstract tools such as logical reasoning and problem solving. Learners develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activities, exploration and discussion. Topics covered include calculating, counting and understanding number, handling data, knowing and using number, measuring, understanding shape and using and applying mathematics.
- The principal focus of mathematics teaching in Milepost 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency.
- Children will work with numerals, words and addition and subtraction, including doubling and halving, including with practical resources.
- Children should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary.
- Teaching should involve using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity, time and money.
- Children can draw diagrams and graphs to represent information and answer simple questions about them.
- By the end of Year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value in hundreds, tens and units. Children will also be able to recount their 2, 5 and 10 times tables.
- Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge in MP1.