Key Stage One

Welcome to Key Stage 1

Our Key Stage 1 group is made up of one Year 1 class and one Year 2 class. Cross curricular topics are used to meet pupil’s needs which are planned carefully so there is coherence and coverage of all the subjects.  Reading, writing, speaking and listening and maths form the foundation to our teaching ensuring our pupils have the appropriate skills in place to support their learning in other subjects.
 

Lessons are highly interactive, making use of our facilities both within and out of the classroom. The learning environments are an integral part of daily teaching and the children use the learning walls to promote and consolidate their understanding.

Aims and objectives of our curriculum in Key Stage One


• Be independent thinkers/learners who are able to seek solutions creatively and co-operatively
• Develop links between their learning at home and in school
• Inspire an ‘enquiring’ mind and ask questions
• Read and write independently using knowledge of phonics
• Be confident enough to take risks in their learning
• Be able to listen and articulate responses showing consideration to others
• Linking ‘real life’ with their learning (building on previous experiences)

• Be aware of and recognise their own learning needs and be involved in planning future steps
• Develop a sense of self-esteem: be well balanced and healthy individuals

• Be aware of and recognise their own learning needs and be involved in planning future steps
• Develop a sense of self-esteem: be well balanced and healthy individuals

Opportunities for reading

Pupils also read regularly in other areas of the curriculum and in other parts of the school day through:

  • Guided Reading - Teachers work with small groups of pupils to teach specific and targeted reading skills in a book that is sufficiently challenging.
  • Reading Across the Curriculum - Pupils read a range of books linked to other areas of their learning and have regular ‘reading journal’ lessons to look at texts in more detail.
  • Story Time - In Key Stage One, books are read to pupils for them to hear good examples of reading aloud and to develop an enthusiasm for reading books themselves.  Class books are shared with pupils, where they read along with the teacher.

Year One phonics screening

The phonics screening check is a short, simple assessment to make sure that all pupils have learned phonic decoding to an appropriate standard by the age of 6. All year 1 pupils in maintained schools, academies and free schools must complete the check.

 The phonics check will help teachers identify the children who need extra help so they can receive the support needed to improve their reading skills. These children will then be able to retake the check in year 2.The check comprises a list of 40 words and non-words which the child will read one-to-one with a teacher.

In Key Stage One at the end of Year 2 children are assessed in Reading, Writing and Maths. For more information and examples of past Year 2 SATs papers please follow this link https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum-assessments-practice-materials

Please see below for further information on Year 1 Phonics.

Example Class Charter for Key Stage One

KS1 Class Charter