Welcome to Key Stage 1
Teachers: Miss Marhsall and Mrs Hunter
Our Curriculum – Key Stage 1 (Class 2 and 3)
Children have access to a broad curriculum that aims to develop both their academic and social skills. Planning is done using a topic based approach and cross curricular links are made when appropriate. The children will have an opportunity to choose topics which interest them and make learning more personal.Practical experiences are provided to enrich learning whenever possible. Children’s individual needs are acknowledged and differentiated experiences are provided to accommodate these needs.
The New National Curriculum objectives for each year group form the basis of planning and asessment during each term, units of work involving different genre of texts are covered. We will use reading and writing skills across the curriculum.
Reading skills are developed on a daily basis. Children progress through the “Letters and Sounds” phonics programme which develops their ability blend and segment words and to read high frequency words.
Whole class, small group and individual reading takes place throughout the week. Children are provided with regular opportunities to read fiction, non-fiction and poetry books and are encouraged to use appropriate vocabulary when looking at these books (e.g. author, illustrator, poet, publisher etc.). We will read class stories daily which the children will choose from the class library.
As well as reading within the classroom, children also practise at home. Reading books are given out on a weekly basis and parents are encouraged to make comments about their child’s progress in their reading record book. Teaching staff also make comments in the reading record when the children read in school.
Children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to write both within Literacy sessions and throughout the curriculum. They are encouraged to explore a variety of genre. Spelling skills are developed via the “Letters and Sounds” programmes.
The New National Curriculum objectives for Maths are the starting point for planning. Practical experiences are provided on a regular basis for children to explore aspects of number, shape, space and measure. Investigations, puzzles and word problems are also provided. ICT is incorporated into sessions whenever appropriate. Children are encouraged to develop their mental maths skills and to begin to learn some number facts (e.g. multiplication tables) to enable them to carry out calculations more efficiently.
There is a cross-curricular approach to ICT. Although some discreet sessions are taught to introduce new skills, ICT is integrated throughout the curriculum in order to provide a purpose for its use. As well as computer skills, children learn to use other equipment such as digital cameras and programmable toys.
The “Come and See” programme forms the basis of planning in R.E. Children progress through a unit of work each month, learning about different aspects of the Catholic faith. Opportunities to read Bible stories, reflect and take part in collective worship are integrated into each unit of work. Groups of children will have the opportunity to plan and implement their own collective worship. There is also an opportunity each term for the children to learn about another faith.
Several units of work are covered throughout the year and within each unit children have the opportunity to explore and investigate. They learn about plants, animals and habitats, materials and their properties and physical processes.
Children are encouraged to use a variety of sources to find out about the past. They learn about some famous people and events and begin to develop a sense of chronology.
Children develop an awareness of their own locality and are encouraged to express opinions about its main features. They also develop an awareness of some contrasting localities in different parts of the world. As a result of these units of work the children also develop ability to use simple maps and globes.
Art and Design
Several units of work are covered each year which aim to develop creativity. Children experience a variety of different techniques and are introduced to the work of some famous artists.
Weekly sessions promote physical development. Throughout the year children learn basic skills in gymnastics, games and dance. They have opportunities to work independently, in pairs and as part of a team.
The children will have opportunities daily to extend their learning in different areas of the classroom. Challenges, extension activities and role play will be provided for the children to use independently.
To view our Curriculum Plans please visit Our Curriculum section.