Key Stage 1 The learning journey for 5-7 year olds (Years 1 and 2)
Our staff team have developed a curriculum which ensures a smooth transition from our Early Years Foundation Stage into Key Stage 1. Appropriate activities which build on our children’s knowledge and understanding are taught with a higher level of challenge and skill.
The National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 covers the following subject areas:
- Art and Design
- Design and Technology (D.T.)
- Physical education (P.E.)
In addition, schools are expected to develop and deliver their own Personal, Social, Health Education (P.S.H.E.) curriculum that meets the needs of their pupils.
Our children develop their skills in speaking and listening, reading, writing and spelling through daily literacy activities. As well as focused literacy lessons our children also have opportunities to write for a variety of purposes and develop their literacy skills in other areas of the curriculum. During the week literacy is taught in smaller set ability groups and through whole class sessions.
Our children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of a variety of mathematical concepts including number, measures, time, shape, space and data handling through daily numeracy activities. These activities are delivered through hands-on practical activities, problem solving opportunities and games. During the week numeracy is taught in smaller set ability groups and through whole class sessions.
Through Science, children are helped to understand the physical and biological world. They apply their natural curiosity to develop a scientific way of thinking. Scientific activities provide the opportunity to observe, predict, explore and communicate through first hand experiences and problem solving activities.
History is taught through topic work. It involves a variety of approaches including the use of reference books, artefacts, stories, internet sites and visits to places of historical interest. Where possible historical study is linked with the child’s own experience.
Geography is taught through topic work. We aim to help the children to understand the world in which they live. We build on the children’s knowledge and experience of their own local environment and make comparisons with the wider world.
The children have access to a wide variety of I.C.T. equipment including Roamers, Beebots, Remote control toys, Netbooks, digital microscopes, digital cameras and video recorders. Every classroom is equipped with computers and interactive whiteboards. Our aim is to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding in the wider uses of I.C.T. and for them to become confident and safe users. Computing is integrated across the curriculum and widely used to enhance learning within other subjects.
Music plays a significant part in many areas of school work: topic, art, dance, movement and assemblies. Percussion instruments are used by our children to experience music making and as part of singing. We are fortunate to have a specialist music teacher who teaches two days a week and encourages our children to sing new songs during our singing assembly. Year 2 have the opportunity to join the choir and take part in recorder and percussion lessons. There are also violin lessons available for children in Year 1 and 2.
Physical Education (P.E)
Children are provided with a variety of activities including gymnastics, dance and games. A range of basic skills are taught to support children’s physical growth, development and spatial awareness. Emphasis is placed on exercise as a means of enjoyment and as part of a healthy lifestyle.
Personal Social Health Education (PSHE)
Children are encouraged to be considerate, responsible and well balanced. We want them to be secure within themselves whilst respecting others. An integral part of the teaching of P.S.H.E. is the delivery of S.E.A.L. (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning). S.E.A.L. helps to raise our children’s self-esteem, understanding of emotions and aids them in developing important life skills such as empathy and motivation.
Art and Design
Children are given opportunities to experiment in exciting and creative ways and develop their skills in areas such as drawing, painting, printmaking, collage and sculpture, using a wide range of materials, including textiles. Children are introduced to the work of great artists from different periods and cultures in order to give art a historical perspective and enable children to develop their own ideas. Displaying children’s work in such a way that is aesthetically pleasing and can be valued by all, is given a high profile throughout our school. Every year the children have the opportunity to work with an artist in residence for special school projects.
Design and Technology (D.T.)
In Design and Technology children are taught to investigate, develop and communicate design ideas. They are given opportunities to learn skills and use a range of tools and materials to support their work. Once their work is complete, children evaluate their efforts and compare the final product to their design.
Religious Education (R.E.)
Religious Education is taught according to a syllabus agreed with Richmond Local Authority. R.E. is closely related to the lives and everyday experiences of the children and is concerned with promoting their social, spiritual, cultural and moral development. Our children are taught about Christianity along with other world religions. Within this context, we aim to foster understanding, tolerance and respect for others.
Assemblies are an important part of school life and help to provide a strong foundation for our school ethos, citizenship and sense of community. Assemblies both reflect the broad traditions of Christian belief as well as celebrating festivals which are relevant to our school community. Collective worship takes place during every assembly. If parents and carers wish their child to be excluded from any religious activities or celebrations, please make an appointment to discuss this with the Headteacher.