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Welcome to Key Stage 1.

In Key Stage 1 our aim is to build upon the progress made in the Early Years Foundation Stage by continuing to provide the children with the skills they need to become effective independent learners. Our lessons focus on providing the children with every opportunity to engage with the New National Curriculum (2014) enabling them to build and develop their skills in a safe and supportive learning environment. The children are able to demonstrate their positive learning behaviours (engagement, enthusiasm, independence, resilience and perseverance) through a wide and varied curriculum. We pride ourselves in helping every child to ‘thrive’ through weekly emotional and social development activities.

The school day:

Every morning children complete handwriting and spelling activities as well as their daily Read, Write, Inc. and Literacy and Language lessons. Fridays are our Extended Writing days when the children are given the opportunity to produce a longer piece of writing demonstrating all the skills they have learnt throughout the week. This year we are incorporating ‘Talk 4 Writing’ which develops the children’s vocabulary and writing skills through practical fun activities. Children read every day in these lessons, they also share reading with their Class Teachers in Guided Reading sessions. Reading is an integral part of your child’s learning therefore we ask for your support in hearing your child read every night at home (Remember to write this in the planner) Each child that reads every night at home will receive an extra 5 golden tickets!!

Please ensure that your child’s planner is in school every day with their reading book.

Children are taught Mental Maths skills each afternoon as well as learning Arithmetic, Data and Measure, Geometry and Reasoning in our daily Maths Makes Sense lessons.

During the afternoons children are able to apply their Maths and Literacy skills in their Enquiry lessons which focus on Science, History and Geography alongside Religious Education, Computing, Physical Education, Music, Art/Design Technology, Personal, Social, Health, Education and Library.

In Enquiry this term Year 1 will be looking at plants, their life cycles and importance to the environment. As part of their ongoing science topic they will explore what plants need to grow; they will learn to identify and name common plants in our local area and name their basic structures, including trees.  Additionally, they will discover the associated weather with Summer.

In Year 2 children will be learning about living things and their habitats and will be writing explanations on life-cycles and food chains and instructions for survival. In science the children will be making observations to describe living things and how they survive in their habitats. They will be investigating and recording food chains and how food is obtained from plants and other animals.

Homework: Every Friday your child will receive either Maths or Literacy homework and each half term children will be given a homework project linked to our enquiry topic.

PE kits need to be in school every Monday and can be taken home to be washed on a Friday. Although classes have designated PE days these can sometimes change.

We also ask that children bring their water bottles to school every day.

Please see our Autumn 1 Term Plans below for further details:

 

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