Key Stage 1

Key stage 1

covers Year 1 and Year 2. The children work within The National Curriculum, including RE. The National Curriculum has core subjects which include: Mathematics, English, Science, Information and communication technology, Religious Education and foundation subjects which include: History, Geography, Physical Education, Design and Technology, Music, Drama, Art.

 

Mathematics

Maths is planned in accordance with the Early Learning goals and The National Curriculum. We follow the  Numeracy Framework where all the children are taught maths as a whole class. The children are involved in mental and oral work as well as written and practical work in number operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division), shape, measure and handling data. We aim to enable them to apply their skills intelligently, speedily and accurately in the solution of everyday problems.

 

English and Literacy

English and Literacy comprises of speaking and listening, reading and writing. Phonics is taught outside of the Literacy Hour following the DfES  Letters and Sounds and the children also have their own reading books to practice their skills independently. We aim to develop an environment in which the skills of reading and writing appear desirable to the children and a normal part of everyday life.

 

Science  

We aim to stimulate childrens‚ natural curiosity about the world around them. We bring all children into contact with a variety of scientific experiences and we encourage them to observe, discover and question. The children are encouraged to collect evidence and communicate their findings to others in a variety of ways.

 

ICT

We endeavor to introduce all of our children to the world of I.C.T. and encourage them to use  technology to aid their learning across the curriculum. Each classroom has its own pair of laptops and we also have a computer suite where each class can book  sessions to give children the opportunity to work in larger groups . The children can explore a variety of I.C.T. tools, such as computers, BeeBots, iPads, voice recorders, e-microscope etc... We also raise the childrens awareness in the use of other day to day technological equipment, e.g. tills, traffic lights, cameras, televisions, photocopiers, microwaves etc...

 

Religious Education

The school has no affiliation with any particular religious denomination. All children receive religious education in accordance with Trafford‚ agreed syllabus. The aim of religious education is to develop childrens‚ knowledge and understanding of religion, religious beliefs and practices Enable children to develop a clearer understanding of their own beliefs, whilst respecting the rights of others. Assembly or circle time is our  daily collective act of worship and is related to the childrens daily experiences. It highlights concepts such as kindness, sympathy, generosity and feelings. They are delivered through stories, discussion, singing and music. Parents who wish their child to be excluded from religious education or assemblies should discuss this matter with Miss Vrlec.


PSHE and Citizenship 

We aim to encourage our children to take an active role in society and make suitable choices for a healthy life. In our weekly whole school circle time sessions  we meet in smaller, mixed age groups with a teacher or teaching assistant, to  talk about issues that affect our families, school and local community.

 

Design and Technology

This subject focuses on children designing and making. We aim to encourage children to use inventive thinking and creative activities through the widespread use of topics, themes and projects.

 

History and Geography

We aim to encourage children to acquire knowledge and understanding of their local environment, their country and its place in the world and to arouse an interest in the past, in other places and other people.

 

Physical Education

We aim to develop agility, physical co-ordination, confidence and expression of feeling through gymnastics, dance and games.

 

Music, Drama, and Art

We aim to help our children to acquire sufficient control of self, tools, equipment and instruments, to be able to use music, drama and other forms of art as a means of expression and to develop an appreciation of the works of artists and composers.

 

Homework

All children will take reading books home, as appropriate, to be shared with an adult. Year 1 children take a spelling list (appropriate to their level)  home each week to learn and are later tested on these. Each weekend a homework activity is set which may be literacy, numeracy or topic based. Year 2 children take a spelling list (appropriate to their level)  home each week to learn and are later tested on these. They also take a maths related task (eg adding and subtracting of number bonds to 10 and 20, times tables etc) each week and are tested on their mental recall skills. Occasionally the children may be asked to do a topic related task at home (eg filling in a questionnaire).

 

Assessment and Reporting 

Children are continually assessed by their teachers throughout the year. This ensures that their progress is carefully monitored and that each child is working at an appropriate but challenging level. Children are assessed on entry into the nursery and throughout foundation stage against the Ages and Stages. At the end of Reception they have an EYFS Profile completed. Throughout Key Stage 1 the children are assessed termly to ensure good progress is made and at the end of the Summer term you will receive a written report of your child's progress.  You are able to discuss your child's progress at parents evenings in Autumn and Spring terms  and additional meetings can be arranged as required. Toward the end of Year 2, all of the children take part in Standard Assessment Task and Test (SATs). These assessments are set by the Government and all children in England and Wales are involved.