In Key Stage 1, children transition from a learning through play approach to more formal learning. This is carried out through a phased transition from the end of Reception to the start of Year 1.
The core subjects of phonics, reading, writing and maths are taught during the morning. These lessons are adapted for each class and dependent on the needs of the class to ensure the best progress possible.
In the afternoons children participate in Science and RE lessons as well as the other foundation subjects including history, geography, art, DT, computing, music, PE and PSHE.
We aim to make learning as fun and exciting as possible by making lessons active and providing opportunities for application of learning in real life situations. By the end of Key Stage 1 we hope that all children will be independent and resilient learners, with a solid foundation in reading, writing and maths, ready for their transition to the next stage of their education.
Children participate in national testing, as prescribed by the government, which includes phonics screening and SATS at the end of Year 2.
Here are some examples of things that the Key Stage 1 children study:
In Year 1 pupils learn about different animals, with lots of practise to name different kinds of animals and learn about how we sort animals into mammals, reptiles, birds, fish and amphibians. As part of their learning on animals Year 1 children had a visit from Zoolab to explore some different animals that they might not have seen before. They also learnt about how these animals use their senses and how they are different or similar to humans.