Welcome to Key Stage 1
This page will provide some information about Key Stage 1, including staffing, routines, the Key Stage 1 curriculum and some additional links to helpful resources.
Any questions? Please do not hesitate to contact a member of the Key Stage 1 team via the school office email or telephone. We are keen to continue to build an open and supportive dialogue between home and school.
In all of our classrooms, we will continue to embed our behaviour policy; Respect, Prepared (Ready) and Safe (RPS).
Key Stage 1 Staff
Class 1 Teacher – Miss Martin
Class 1/2 Teacher – Mrs Fowley
Class 2 Teacher- Mrs Sparkes
LSAs – Mrs Rotherforth, Mrs McKalroy, Mrs Burton
General Phase Information
· Please ensure that your child’s uniform, coat, lunchbox and water bottle are clearly labelled. Named water bottles should be in school daily.
· All children will be given a scheme reading book which matches their reading level. These will need to be brought to school every day and will be changed weekly. Your child will have a reading record where you can record any home learning each week.
· PE will be on Wednesday and Friday. Children are to come into school in their full PE kit on these days only. Please make sure that they are wearing a suitable PE kit for the weather as we will usually be outside. Please also ensure that long hair is tied up and earrings are either removed or covered up on P.E. days.
· Home Learning for Key Stage 1 will be based on regular practice of key skills such as reading and times tables. You will receive a tick sheet which you can fill in each week by ticking when an activity has been completed. Children who are completing activities each week for the recommended amount of times will be recognised in class.
· Please note we are a NUT FREE SCHOOL, so children cannot bring any nut products to school in their packed lunches. We appreciate your co-operation with this.
Autumn Term 2021
Our topics include:
History: London and the plague
Geography: The UK-Map locations, biomes and major cities, landmarks and rivers in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.
Maths: Place value, ordering and comparing numbers (to 20 in year 1 and 100 in Year 2). Addition and subtraction. (2x table in Year 2)
Literacy: Will be linked to our topics and will focus on basic writing skill. Such as letter formation, finger spaces, punctuation and spelling using phonic knowledge.
PHSCE- Will focus on feelings and emotions using our ‘Colour Zones Tool Kit’ for self regulation.
· Spellings are taken from the Year 1 and Year 2 Common Exception word list. These will be sent home to practice in a variety of ways and then the children will be exposed to these regularly in school with the expectation that they are spelt correctly in their writing by the end of the year.
· Our daily phonics (Y1) Spelling (Y2) sessions will focus on spelling a ‘Tricky Word’ and children will learn 4 phonemes (sounds) or spelling rules per week which will be sent home on a Monday.
· Please encourage your child to practice spelling on Spelling Frame- children will have individual passwords, which can be found in their reading record.
· By the end of Year 2, children should know the following times tables 2X 3X 5X 10X. Having a secure knowledge of times tables will help your child in many different areas of maths. We learn Times Tables by chanting e.g. 4 twos are 8, 5 twos are 10 etc. Children should also know commutative and inverse operations e.g. 4×2= 8, 2X4=8, 8÷2=4, 8÷4=2
· Y2 Times Table Rock Stars is a fun and challenging programme designed to help students master the times tables! This is the link for Times Table Rockstars.
· Y1 &2 Numbots is a fun, progressive programme which secures children’s knowledge of numbers, helping them with rapid recall. This is the link for Numbots
· Reading really is the backbone of learning , not only in an academic sense in all curriculum areas, but also in a wider sense in relation to a child’s independence, mental health and just for shear enjoyment. It is therefore enormously important that we give it such high focus.
· Please continue to read with your child and/or talk to them about what they are reading at least three times a week at home. Some of the key reading skills we focus on in school are vocabulary, inference, prediction, explanation, retrieval and sequence/summary (VIPERS).
· Children will receive a scheme book that matches their phonic knowledge/reading ability. Until your child has been taught and is secure with all of the phonics sounds to phase six and is secure (reading fluently) the book that they bring home will be a book that they have accessed in school during our reading sessions that week. This means that your child should be able to read this book easily to you and you can enjoy their success. After this your child will move onto our Rising stars scheme books which will also be matched to their reading ability. These books can be accessed online. This is the link for Rising Stars. Your child’s password can be found in their record book.
If there are any questions, please do not hesitate contact us.
Mrs Sparkes, Mrs Fowley, Miss Martin
Summer Term 2020-2021
KS1 had a seaside treat this week. We had donkeys Bandit and Hobo visit us for donkey rides, an ice cream van came to school, we took funny pictures in our seaside photobooths and had lots of fun playing with sand, water, beach balls and outdoor games. All the children had a fantastic day and made some happy memories. Thank you to our wonderful PTA and parents for your contributions which made this day possible.
Spring Term 2020-2021
KS1 Easter egg design winners
Over the past few weeks at school we have continued to develop our story telling skills. We have enjoyed retelling the story of ‘How did the Koala get a Stumpy Tail?’ We have created story maps and have participated in lots of role play, hot-seating and creating freeze-frame images to retell the story.
During our topic sessions we have compared Australia and England. We have compared the famous landmarks and found out lots of interesting facts about them.
We have found them on a world map!
During this last week we have had lots of fun learning all about why Christians celebrate Easter. We have created an Easter egg basket, we went on a nature trail and created a nature Easter egg. We have also created an Easter egg acrostic poem in Literacy.
British Science Week 2021
Autumn Term 2020-2021
In Key Stage 1 we have been learning about Diwali. We listened to the story of Rama and Sita. We created some Rangoli patterns and made our own Diwali lamps from clay and of course lots of glitter!
KS1 making Gingerbread
Creative learning opportunities at home!
Link to Classroom Kitchen daily cooking:
101 Things for kids to do indoors!
There are a number of teaching websites that are now free to use for all parents and children. They contain many ideas and activities for learning across the curriculum.