The children in KS1 follow the National Curriculum subjects as well as Personal, Social, Health education (including Sex and Relationship Education) with Citizenship. The transition from reception to year 1 is dealt with sensitively, especially in the first term where year 1 children learn through play and have daily access to outside activities which continues to use the principles of the EYFS to develop the child’s learning and social development.
Year 1 teachers use the FSP to build an accurate picture of children’s learning and progress and then move on to the Federation assessment levels, linked to the end of year national learning goals. All learning and teaching in KS1 is based on termly themes taken from the International Primary Curriculum. This allows children to explore subject knowledge across a range of areas, such as art, geography science and history through an overarching topic.
English and mathematics are taught daily and children also receive daily guided reading sessions and phonics in year 1 and 2.
Reading, writing, speaking and listening continues to be taught through the use of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds) and supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree and Rigby Star). Children who are gifted and talented and those with additional educational needs (AEN) are identified and interventions put in place to help address their needs. Children needing further encouragement and support also may work in small groups with our team of learning support assistants (LSAs).
At the end of KS1 the children are assessed to report their National Curriculum attainment levels in reading, grammar, spelling and punctuation, writing, mathematics and science.
German is taught by fluent speakers several times per week, with opportunities built into the curriculum so it is as immersive as possible.
Specialist music teachers deliver music to all classes on a weekly basis, with a focus on developing choral and basic key skills in Key Stage 1, which will support the learning of instruments throughout Key Stage 2.