Key Stage 1

 

Key Stage 1 is an exciting challenge for our children. Engaging lessons and purposeful learning stimulate children to achieve their best and aspire to meet each new challenge with perseverance, 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 Key Stage 1 pupils experience a more formal timetable and they have daily spoken language, reading writing and Maths as well as a full curriculum of science, technology, humanities and the creative arts. Children have two PE lessons a week with our specialist sports’ coach.

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.

Computing skills are taught and embedded into all areas of the curriculum. Children learn to keep safe online, code and work with multimedia programmes to create presentations and artwork. History, Geography, Art, DT, PSHE and RE are taught in blocks throughout the 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.

Phonics

Key Stage 1 follows the school Phonics Policy and teaches daily phonics lessons using the DfE Letters and Sounds programme.

P.E.

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.

Music

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 performanceseach year including a Christmas performance and class assemblies.