Key Stage 1

Year 1 and 2 – Ages 4 to 6

Key Stage 1 provides a broad and balanced syllabus, covering the full range of National Curriculum subjects, together with French, Religious Education (RE) and Personal Social Health and Economic education (PSHE). Although teaching is more structured than in Early Years, we foster a dynamic and positive learning environment, with staff retaining a creative and multifaceted approach to lessons, thus engaging all pupils.

Pupils continue to build upon the solid phonics knowledge and reading skills acquired in Early Years. Throughout Key Stage 1, each child reads with a member of staff daily, gaining experience of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction texts drawn from a variety of reading schemes. Amber the working dog visits us weekly, and enjoys listening to small groups of pupils read. The vast majority of children are independent readers by the time they leave Year 2, and go on to develop a reading age well in excess of their chronological age.

Strong speaking and listening skills are similarly encouraged, and help develop confidence. All children have speaking parts in class assemblies and Christmas performances, and English Speaking Board exams are taken from Year 2. Children learn set spellings, practice comprehension, grammar and punctuation skills, and write for a range of purposes. Regular practise of joined writing ensures children are ready to start using fountain pens as they progress to Year 3.

Numeracy is similarly taught through a variety of hands-on activities, oral and written work, mental arithmetic and computer based challenges. Pupils enjoy consolidating their learning using the Mathletics website, and ‘Mathletes’ achievements are celebrated regularly. Non-verbal Reasoning is introduced, and children begin progressing through Bond Assessment Papers and Mental Arithmetic books at their own pace.

Pupils participate in numerous activities and experiments that deepen their understanding of the science topics covered at this stage. (Recently, children have been fascinated by a wormery, and monitored the butterfly life-cycle and hatching ducklings with bated breath). Bug hunting, and exploring a variety of habitats in our beautiful grounds and woods are perennial favourites; we hope to make greater use of these enviable facilities as we develop as a Forest School.

Outside the classroom, learning is enhanced through trips to the Science Museum, country parks, farms and nature trails. The weekly Science Club, run by our specialist staff, is very popular.

We are fortunate to have specialist teachers for French, PE (including swimming from Year 2) and Music.

Pupils have the opportunity to join our award winning choir from Year 2, and may choose to have individual lessons in a wide range of instruments. In addition to the usual sports and gym equipment, children make use of the climbing wall and take advantage of the sports court and spacious grounds.

In Year 2, children may be invited to complete Scholarship testing in literacy and numeracy. Successful candidates can be awarded up to 25% of tuition fees throughout Key Stage 2 (Years 3 – 6).

Key Stage 1 is proud of it’s extra class members including Frank and Henry!