Key Stage 1

Key stage  1 consists of Year 1 and Year 2. At the beginning of Year 1 there is a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage with continuous provision areas set up in the classroom. As the year progresses the lessons adopt a more formal approach to learning ready for Year 2.

In Year 1 and 2 children have daily English and maths sessions which are differentiatied to the meet needs of the children.
Phonics are taught in Key Stage 1, following the Letters and Sounds phonics programme, to enhance the teaching of reading and spelling. The children take part in many different games and activities to practise the different sounds, having opportunities to practise reading and writing new and key words. At the end of Year 1 the children complete the  national phonic screening test which requires the reading of familiar and nonsense words.

Guided Reading happens daily and involves a mixture of group reading with a teacher or teaching assistant. Independent reading and activities are related to the books and phonics. Children will also be listened to reading independently once a week following our own banded system from different schemes such as Oxford Reading Tree, Big Cats and Phonics Bug Club.
Key Stage 1 take a creative approach to the curriculum through a variety of themes. These include: 'People Who Help Us', 'Chocolate', 'Godley Explorers' and 'Let's Celebrate'. The themes begin with an exciting WOW moment and encompass all the National Curriculum subjects including the Humanities, Science, IT, Art, DT and Music.

PE is also taught for 2 hours a week. This involves a range of dance, gymnastics, striking, fielding, multi-sports and team skills.

Children in Key Stage 1 also have the opportunity to work with Keith Halligan from Audioface on  music and with our resident artist Amanda Whewell on visula art.