The children in KS1 follow the National Curriculum subjects as well as personal, social, health education with citizenship. The transition from Reception to Year 1 is dealt with sensitively, especially in the first term where Year 1 children learn through play, which continues to use the principles of EYFS to develop the child’s learning and social development.
Year 1 teachers use the foundation stage profiles to build an accurate picture of children’s learning and progress and then move onto the School's assessment levels. All learning and teaching in KS1 is based on an enhanced Primary Curriculum with children exploring subject knowledge through a linking topic. Mathematics and English are taught daily, there are two hours per week of Science and PE, children have a weekly guided reading session with their teacher and also receive bi-lingual teaching every week in French.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening continues to be taught through the use of synthetic phonics and are supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford reading tree). We teach structured and creative English lessons supported by the Primary Literacy Framework and all children are taught spelling. Guided writing is a precision intervention tool that is taught as part of an agreed approach through English, in order to target specific teaching skills.
Children who are more able and those with additional educational needs are identified and interventions are put in place to help address their needs. Children needing further encouragement and support may also work in small groups with our team of support staff, including the KS1 learning support teacher and qualified High Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs).