Lower School



Key Stage 1

Fun and interactive lessons, embracing a variety learning techniques and an emphasis on problem solving, thinking skills and education for social responsibility with a genuine appreciation of children’s different learning styles to ensure Reigate St Mary’s pupils love school.

Learning is based on the National Curriculum Framework. As an independent school, however, we take advantage of the freedom we have to develop and further explore areas of interest.

During Years 1 and 2 pupils spend much of the day with their class teacher with some subject specialist teaching for Music, Computing, MFL, Design and Technology, Games and PE.

Games and PE
Specialist Games teachers work with small groups of pupils to provide an exceptionally varied sports programme which introduces a wide range of activities and sporting skills. Pupils also experience swimming lessons at various stages during the year in both Year 1 and Year 2. Pupils focus on developing their ability to swim competently, confidently and proficiently, using a range of strokes effectively.

Music lessons embrace singing, percussion and the use of music related computer programs, along with the opportunity to learn an individual instrument.

Computing lessons introduce the world of technology, so that by Year 3 children confidently use a variety of computer programs.

As a result of such a nurturing, educationally rich environment, pupils typically perform well above the national average by the end of Key Stage 1.

Children learn about E-Safety and what to do if they encounter something inappropriate online. They know that they can report it by clicking a CEOP button like the one below:

During the course of the year pupils in Year 1 and 2 experience a weekly lesson of French.  This allows pupils to familiarise themselves with the French language through fun and exciting lessons and provides the children with a greater insight before they explore this further in Key Stage 2.

Art lessons provide opportunities for pupils to explore the work of different artists, develop their drawing skills and their application of colour.  The lessons also allow children to work imaginatively and creatively using a range of materials and processes.

Design and Technology
Design and technology lessons allow pupils to work creatively to carry out a variety of practical tasks that enable them to develop their ideas and skills, encourage pupils to evaluate their work and make suggestions as to what could be done differently next time.