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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.

To assist your child’s transition into Key Stage 1, we have adopted an Enquiry based learning approach. This provides an opportunity for children to act as co-constructors of their curriculum.

Each year group follows a topic for a term or half term. Within the topic the teacher plans for learning opportunities using children’s previous knowledge and their interests. The topics cover science, history and geography elements of the national curriculum but are fundamentally cross curricular incorporating all aspects of learning.

Through this approach children are encouraged to research, investigate and problem solve to inform their learning. This approach encourages children to take ownership of their learning and become engaged, independent and motivated. All of which link to our schools learning behaviours.

The school day:

Every morning children complete handwriting, spelling and practical learning activities as well as their daily Read, Write, Inc. and Literacy 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. ‘Talk 4 Writing’ is also incorporated into our Literacy lessons 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. Religious Education, Computing, Children have weekly Library sessions where they can choose a book to share with you at home. Music and Personal, Social, Health, Education are also taught weekly. Physical Education, Art/Design and Technology are taught each half term in-depth to secure knowledge and skills.

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.

 

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.

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

Please see our Knowledge Organisers and term plans below for details on what will be covered for the forthcoming term:

 

Year 2 Literacy Oct 18 (1)P9120730P9130755 (1)year 2 sept 18 023year 2 sept 18 077year 2 sept 18 080year 2 sept 18 025Year 2 Literacy Oct 18 (2)