Key Stage One consists of years 1 and 2. Both year groups work closely together and we study one exciting theme every term. Themes are carefully developed with the wider curriculum objectives at the forefront.
Our approach to learning is very much based on finding experiences that are relevant and exciting and where we can, apply what we learn in the basic skills of reading, writing and maths to meaningful contexts. Our curriculum has been designed by the school, specifically with our children in mind to ensure progression throughout the year groups and avoid repetition. We believe that the best learning happens when the children have the opportunity to have an element of self-led learning along with support and regular inputs from adults in a well structured environment. There has been a lot of time spent developing the continuous provision for children in KS1 to ensure an effective transition from EYFS and continue to provide a learning environment where children are ‘safe, happy and learning’.
Reading is at the heart of everything we do in KS1. We are developing a 'Reciprocal Reading' approach and use Book Bands across the school. Alongside sharing books daily and reading both to each other and quiet reading, our literacy is all taught through key texts to allow children to be exposed to a wide range of quality texts which they may not access independently. Reading in KS1 starts with a very structured phonics programme, using the 'Letters and Sounds' progression and the resources of 'Read, Write Inc', which is delivered on a daily basis for 20 minutes. The environment then provides many opportunities for children to apply their phonics to reading and writing in different contexts. We have a designated reading area within KS1 which allows children access to books throughout the day. We will be recommended authors and children will be encouraged to recommend authors and stories to their peers and continue to develop their reading for pleasure. We expect KS1 children to read every day and for Year 2 children to use ‘TimesTables Rockstars’ to develop their mathematical fluency. A home learning project will be set on a termly basis which will focus on the theme that has just been taught or as preparation for the new theme.
Throughout the year we encourage parents to come into school to learn alongside, celebrate and share their children’s learning. We provide a range of opportunities such as ‘Come to Learn’ sessions (where parents take part in lessons), information sessions, Celebrations and concerts and many more. This means that parents are able to select the opportunities they would like, and are able, to attend.
PSHCE and well-being are a priority and in KS1, along with the rest of the school, we support the children to develop a growth mindset to become more resilient, robust and independent learners. One way to develop this is to provide a range of additional clubs for the children to attend. There are currently lots of clubs running during lunchtime and after school.
Key Stage One is a very exciting place to come and learn whether you are a child or adult. Come and see!
Please see below two PDFs for your information:
The Phonics document for Year 1 parents
The KS1 SATs document for Year 2 parents
Year 1 and Year 2 Long Term Learning Overview:
Cycle A and Cycle B: