The children take part in French lessons twice a week led by Madame Séverine who is a native French teacher. They learn basic French through stories, songs and take part in a range of role play activities. At the end of Year 2, our children visit a local French bakery and restaurant to practice their French skills.
The children have two music lessons each week with Mr Bayly. During these lessons, the children explore tuned and untuned musical instruments, listen and respond to a wide range of live and recorded music and experiment with sounds. The children take part in musical events during the year such as Harvest Festival, our Nativity Play, Year Group music assemblies and we finish the year with the Year 2 leavers’ production. This year we have introduced the ukulele for our Year 1 and 2 children who are thoroughly enjoying the challenge of learning to play a new instrument.
The children take part in two focused PE lessons a week in addition to daily playtimes and regular visits to Warwick Gardens as part of the curriculum. Class teachers lead a weekly gym/dance session in our hall.
Specialist staff lead a games session each week in Warwick Gardens. This is led by Chris from Future Players. The children thoroughly enjoy the sessions which cover a wide range of physical activities and skills which can be transferred into many sports. Future Players have vast experience of delivering programmes/initiatives and coaching across all age ranges and in numerous environments. They currently also run a full time football and education programme for 16-19 year olds at a National League Club. All lead staff are highly qualified, either UEFA License or FA Level 2 Certificate holders and all assistants hold a minimum FA Level 1 Certificate.
All the children take part in a swimming lesson every week. The children walk to Peckham Pulse Pool and each class is split into two ability set groups. When the children start in Reception, the focus is on water confidence and safety. This builds over the course of the three years to promote swimming skills and different strokes.
Our swimming lessons are a very important part of our curriculum as the children explore the local community on foot every week, develop road safety skills, learn to dress and undress independently as well as participating in physical exercise in the pool.
Our Year 2 children take part in a Forest Schools programme. These sessions allow the children to investigate woodland wildlife, tree climbing (with adult supervision), nature based art and craft activities, use tools (with adult supervision and with appropriate training in safety), trail finding and exploring and creating dens and shelters.