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, this provides a smooth transfer from the Early Years Foundation Curriculum to the National Curriculum in Year 1.

Children in Key Stage 1 will take part in daily phonics, maths and english sessions as well as topic based sessions which will seek to engage and stimulate the children's curiosity and interest. Children are supported through differentiation and groupings which enables the children to develop their own knowledge, skills and understanding. This supports children in becoming successful, independent learners.

In Key Stage 1 children are taught phonics through Read Write Inc. Sessions are daily and children learn to:

  • Say sounds
  • Learn the letters/groups of letters that represent sounds
  • Read high frequency words
  • Read new sounds and review previously taught sounds
  • Understand the meaning of new words
  • Read with increased fluency, accuracy and comprehension

Children in Year 1 will take part in the phonics screening check, children throughout the country will take the check during the same week in June. Children in Year 2 will also take the check if they did not achieve the required result when in Year 1 or they have not taken the check before.

More information on the check can be found here.

At the end of Key Stage One, Year 2 children are required to complete statutory tests (SATS) in reading, SPAG (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and maths (arithmetic and reasoning). Children will have lots of chance to practise answering these types of test papers over the year so that they are very well prepared. We will also be sending home fun test booklets so that you can help your child at home. The information from these tests will help teachers to make important end of year judgements linked to age-related expectations and progress. This information will then be shared with parents through end of year reports.

More information on these statutory tests can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/2017-national-curriculum-tests-for-key-stages-1-and-2-information-for-parents