Class Pages

Immanuel Rivers

A river is a representation of a child’s learning journey. As a river flows it gains more water from other streams, rivers, springs and rainfall and as children grow they gain more knowledge, experience and understanding through their education. That is why at Immanuel all our classes, rooms and buildings are named after Rivers. 

We also have a visual representation of a river that starts at our own water source in the Early Years playground and meanders around to the Key stage two playground. This river is there to remind children of a river journey that has many twist, turns and obstacles but always successfully reaches it end destination bigger, stronger and with lots of experience. 

The river names have been chosen so that our younger children are represented by the rivers closest to our location and our older children by rivers furthest away.  We selected rivers from across the world to support children’s geographical understanding.

Nursery- Effra and Gravney 

In Nursery we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum with a strong emphasis on the Prime areas of learning; Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language and Physical Development.

These areas are fundamental and work together to support development in the Specific areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

In Nursery the children enjoy playing and exploring indoors and outdoors.  Fun and purposeful activities are planned responding to the children’s interests and stages of development. We love books and stories, and literacy is promoted through a range of resources which are linked to topics based on children's interests.  Vocabulary from stories is extended through role play and small world play.

Play is promoted as it underpins all areas of the curriculum and is how young children learn. Children also have the opportunity to work and play with an adult regularly at a variety of activities.  We encourage children to develop their independence and social skills by learning how to keep safe, work cooperatively with their peers,take turns, tidy up, take turns and put on their coats.

Reception- Thames

The children learn and explore in seven areas of learning (Communication and LanguagePhysical DevelopmentPersonal, Social and Emotional Development, LiteracyMaths, Understanding the worldExpressive Arts and Design) both indoors and outdoors.  The Reception class children are encouraged to question, create, persevere and problem-solve in a stimulating environment which embraces the characteristics of learning. 

Each day children learn through an exciting and varied timetable, which has a careful balance between children exploring and learning independently through play, and focused activities planned and led by adults.  Activities that take place are based on the children’s interests and stages of development. 

Reception- Wandle

The children learn and explore in seven areas of learning (Communication and LanguagePhysical DevelopmentPersonal, Social and Emotional Development, LiteracyMaths, Understanding the worldExpressive Arts and Design) both indoors and outdoors.  The Reception class children are encouraged to question, create, persevere and problem-solve in a stimulating environment which embraces the characteristics of learning. 

Each day children learn through an exciting and varied timetable, which has a careful balance between children exploring and learning independently through play, and focused activities planned and led by adults.  Activities that take place are based on the children’s interests and stages of development.

Year 1- Seine

 By Year One the children are becoming increasingly independent.  In Year One every child has their own place to sit and work.

Everyday children have a 25 minutes phonics lesson.  They are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds and blending them together.  The children take home reading books twice a week.

Every morning we teach the National Curriculum expectations for Maths.  We teach children to count and apply different mental strategies for addition and subtraction, recognise shape and pattern and solve picture and word problems.  The children quickly learn to notice patterns and develop their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.

Year 1- Vistula

 By Year One the children are becoming increasingly independent.  In Year One every child has their own place to sit and work.

Everyday children have a 25 minutes phonics lesson.  They are taught to read by breaking down words into separate sounds and blending them together.  The children take home reading books twice a week.

Every morning we teach the National Curriculum expectations for Maths.  We teach children to count and apply different mental strategies for addition and subtraction, recognise shape and pattern and solve picture and word problems.  The children quickly learn to notice patterns and develop their mathematical thinking and problem solving skills.

Year 2- Euphrates

We expect a lot of our Year Two children as they work more independently and participate in more whole class activities.

In Year 2 there is a more detailed focus on handwriting. We are beginning to learn which letters are to be joined and we are encouraged to form our letters correctly.

We read and write every day and learn to write for a range of purposes including stories, poetry and real events.   We continue to improve on our phonics from Year one and develop onto Phase 6 of the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.  We learn grammar and spelling patterns and rules, and begin to apply those in our writing.  Every week we take home reading books.

In Year 2, we teach the National Curriculum expectations for Maths. In our Maths lessons we learn our 2, 5 and 10 times-tables. We learn to add and subtract with two-digit and one-digit numbers.   We also learn multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times-tables. In fractions, we find 1/3, 1/4 1/2 and 3/4 of a shape or a quantity of objects.   We study measures, including weight, capacity and length, and learn to tell the time to five minutes.  We also study properties of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as a range of data-handling methods such as bar charts and pictograms.  By the end of Year 2 we are also expected to know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value.

In Science we learn about living things and their habitats, plants, animals (including humans) and uses of everyday materials. We also learn how to work scientifically, how to observe closely, and how to record our observations.

Year 2- Congo

We expect a lot of our Year Two children as they work more independently and participate in more whole class activities.

In Year 2 there is a more detailed focus on handwriting. We are beginning to learn which letters are to be joined and we are encouraged to form our letters correctly.

We read and write every day and learn to write for a range of purposes including stories, poetry and real events.   We continue to improve on our phonics from Year one and develop onto Phase 6 of the Letters and Sounds phonics scheme.  We learn grammar and spelling patterns and rules, and begin to apply those in our writing.  Every week we take home reading books.

In Year 2, we teach the National Curriculum expectations for Maths. In our Maths lessons we learn our 2, 5 and 10 times-tables. We learn to add and subtract with two-digit and one-digit numbers.   We also learn multiplication and division facts for the 2, 5 and 10 times-tables. In fractions, we find 1/3, 1/4 1/2 and 3/4 of a shape or a quantity of objects.   We study measures, including weight, capacity and length, and learn to tell the time to five minutes.  We also study properties of 2D and 3D shapes, as well as a range of data-handling methods such as bar charts and pictograms.  By the end of Year 2 we are also expected to know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value.

In Science we learn about living things and their habitats, plants, animals (including humans) and uses of everyday materials. We also learn how to work scientifically, how to observe closely, and how to record our observations.

Year 3- Saskatchewan

Year 3- Indus

Year 4- Dunns

Year 4- Orinocco

Year 5- Ganges

Year 5- Ruaha

Year 6- Waikato

Year 6- Zambezi