Key Stage One

Key Stage 1 classes?follow the requirements of the National Curriculum.

In year 1 provision is made to continue the prime and specific areas of learning from the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for those pupils who require the continuation of this provision. This integrated approach is an?important part of the teachers? curriculum planning for Year 1.

In order to provide a smooth transfer from the Early Years Foundation Curriculum to the National Curriculum in Year 1, the children in the Reception and Year 1 classes will be able to share some learning opportunities across the classes. Learning activities from Reception will be extended into Year 1 for those children who are not ready to progress to the National Curriculum. Similarly, children in Reception who are able to cope with aspects of the National Curriculum will have opportunities to work at this level during planned activities. Thus learning in Reception/Year 1 will be individualised to maximise progress for each individual child and the child?s introduction to the National Curriculum will be a smooth transition from the Foundation Stage Curriculum.

Learning in Key Stage 1 will be through a mixture of discrete teaching of phonics, literacy and mathematics along with themed topics where each topic will seek to engage and stimulate the children?s curiosity and interest. Through this approach children will have the opportunity to develop the full range of skills, with particular emphasis on communication skills particularly thinking, speaking and listening, reading and writing thus enabling them to communicate effectively.

The management of learning will involve a range of groupings, from whole class teaching and small group work to one-to-one tuition. Differentiation by task, within whole class lessons, will allow each child to develop skills, knowledge and understanding at their own pace and foster the skills needed for successful independent learning from the outset. ?Assessment and review of progress in these activities will include an element of self-assessment thus helping the children to understand their own learning and preferences.

Throughout the Key Stage1 phase of the school there will be provision of a thematic curriculum, seeking areas of interest for the child that will secure their greater engagement with the learning process and school life generally. At the present time the ?Power of Reading? drives much of the thematic work.? A quality text is used to provide the opportunity to follow a range of interests and ideas and to explore them in a cross-curricular format.? This is working well and is meeting the key objective to give every child a positive view of learning. Learning will also take place in a variety of contexts including outdoors and through educational visits both during school time and outside.