Key Stage 1 Curriculum Overview
In years 1 and 2, the children continue with core and foundation subjects. In KS1 we carry out thematic planning with the majority of the curriculum being linked to a central topic. Although we offer a broad range of experiences for KS1 children, we place a strong emphasis on establishing a good foundation of basic skills. Particularly reading, writing and maths. Children have regular reading practise both individually and in small groups which focuses on developing their comprehension and inference skills. Children continue to receive daily phonics lessons following the Little Wandle phonics scheme and the children have weekly spelling tests based on the sound patterns they’ve learnt.
Children in year 1 and year 2 will take home a phonically matched reading book that recaps the GPCs they’ve been taught in their phonic lessons. As their reading develops they will take home a colour banded book that is matched to the level they are working at. The children also have their own login to access to online texts through the Oxford Owl website.
During year 1, the children complete the national phonics test. This is a short reading activity which is led 1:1 with the child’s teacher or a teacher who is familiar to them.
Towards the end of Year 2, the children take a series of national tests called Standard Attainment Tasks (SATs). These are incorporated into our daily routine where possible and are usually found to be enjoyable rather than stressful for the children.
In KS1 the children will cover work on many topics over a year. They work as a class, in small groups, as a key stage or individually. Much of the work is practical and is designed to be stimulating and fun.
During the year, children take part in whole school multicultural celebrations such as Diwali, Chinese New Year and Eid. The children may also be given the opportunity to go on an educational visit or take part in an educational experience connected with their topic work.
Parents have an important role to play in their child’s education and where there is good home-school co-operation, children make the best possible progress. We encourage parents to hear their children read at home on a regular basis and provide additional work on our class pages for parents to support their child’s learning at home.
For further information on the KS1 curriculum please visit your child’s class page or contact the year group team.