“I love being at Sulivan because it is fun and safe”. Jasmine, Year 2
We are committed to ensuring a smooth transition between Foundation Stage and KS1. Teachers work together to make sure that KS1 is a natural next step for the children. Children’s achievements are shared with KS1 teachers and a transition period is planned at the start of the Autumn Term.
Key Stage 1 is an exciting challenge for our children. Engaging lessons and purposeful learning stimulates children to achieve their best and aspire to meet each new challenge with persistence, independence and confidence. Our emphasis is on securing foundations in reading, writing and mathematics and we aim for every child to leave KS1 with competence and confidence in those key areas of education.
In Year 1 pupils begin to experience a more formal timetable and they have daily English, Maths, Phonics, Reading and Foundation Subject lessons. Throughout KS1, learning is structured within a termly topic that allows us to make cross curricular links, broaden knowledge and understanding and promote the naturally inquisitive minds of young children.
Science lessons take place in the classroom and in our nature garden. Children investigate habitats and minibeasts through pond dipping, observing our bug hotel and exploring the log pile and meadow area. They grow plants and vegetables and watch chicks hatch in classrooms as part of their “What came first, they chicken or the egg?” investigation. They solved problems such as how to make the light in their lighthouse work by studying electricity and making circuits, and tested materials to make the best house for the Three Little Pigs.
Computing skills are taught discreetly and opportunities to apply these skills are embedded into all areas of the curriculum. Children learn to create programmes, using coding, and learn instructional and technical language.
History, Geography, Art, DT, PSHE and RE are taught in blocks throughout the term. Children receive a minimum of 8 lessons of each subject each term.
Every term, we plan enriching experiences either on-site or by taking advantage of the many places of interest in London and beyond. These are linked to our termly Topic and act as a stimulus to classroom learning.
Throughout KS1 there are many opportunities for pupils to develop confidence in class sessions and extend and support their development through small group activities and lessons.
We work in partnership with our KS1 families at our weekly Stay-and-Read mornings, family learning workshops and activities and Family Homework each week.
Key Stage 1 follows the school Phonics Policy and teaches daily phonics lessons using the DfE Letters and Sounds guidelines. Children build on their knowledge in the Foundation Stage. They learn the next sequence of phonemes (sounds) as sequenced in Phase 5 of Letters and Sounds. These include additional vowel digraphs (two-letter sounds) and alternative pronunciations of letters. They continue to practice segmenting and blending words when spelling and reading. In Year 2 children progress to learn more complex spelling patterns, suffixes and prefixes.
P.E is taught weekly in class groups by a specialist P.E. teacher. The children learn aspects of dance, gymnastics and games. Children are expected to wear a full PE kit and learn about healthy bodies, keeping safe, team work and sportsmanship.
Alongside the singing and music that occurs in classrooms, children have a
weekly music lesson with our Music specialist teacher. They learn songs, play
percussion instruments, compose and respond to music of different genres.
Children learn to develop confidence and creativity through several performances
each year including a Christmas performance and class assemblies.