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Overview of Key Stage 1

Welcome to Key Stage 1!


There are 3 classes in KS1.

The teachers are:


  • Mrs Davidson and Miss Roberts (1DR)

  • Miss Frith (2F, this is a split Y1-2 class)

  • Miss Stott (2S)


We are also very lucky to be supported by three wonderful teaching assistants too:

Mrs McLoughlin, Mrs Carter and Mrs Hill


As a whole department, we are always very excited to greet and welcome children into Key Stage 1. We want to do all we can to help the children transition happily and to reach their full potential throughout their time with us.


Children will spend two years in Key Stage 1 - Year 1 and Year 2. 


During this time they will study many different subjects including: English, Maths, Religion, Science, Computing, Geography, History, PE, Art, Design and Technology, PSHE, Music and RHE. 


English and Maths are developmental. The children will work through Literacy and Numeracy schemes at an appropriate level informed by ongoing assessment.


Links are made between subjects and are then grouped into topics which the children study. The topics are planned on a rolling programme over two years. Therefore, all of KS1 work on the same topic at the same time. Topics are planned as a department and teachers liaise very closely to ensure continuity across all classes.


Opportunities for continuous provision and structured play activities are available in both Year 1 classrooms as the children transition from Reception. 


How to support your child at home


Maths - The children will have a login for Math Shed and will be set a weekly homework task. In addition to this, children can access any of the maths games on there as well as counting and talking about everyday maths with you. 


Reading - Independent reading books are changed and sent home weekly. Reading and questioning your child about their reading is so important. We do provide a bookmark to give you some ideas about the types of questions to ask.


Phonics - In school, we follow the Read Write Inc programme. By the end of year 1, children should know all of the set 1, 2 and 3 sounds. They should be able to confidently segment and blend sounds. Phonics play is an excellent website for children to practise.


Spelling - Spellings are set weekly on spelling shed. The children can go on and practise their spellings. 


Handwriting - Practising correct letter formation is so important. Children need to know where to start and end correctly. 


If you have any questions throughout your child's time in Key Stage 1, then please do not hesitate to come and see me.


Miss Roberts

Deputy Headteacher and Key Stage One Leader