Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 includes Years 1 and 2, which are the first classes to follow the National Curriculum. There are a range of different adults working in the class at different times to support the children with their learning. This includes Class Teachers, Jewish Studies teachers and teaching assistants as well as specialised Phonics, PE and Music teachers.
The structure of Key Stage 1 develops the foundations embedded by the Foundation Staff as the children continue their learning journey at Etz Chaim. In Years 1 and 2 we continue the implementation of an ‘integrated day’, which aids transition from the Early Years and feeds into the cross curricular approach we take when implementing the National Curriculum.
The curriculum in Key Stage 1 encourages independence and a sense of responsibility; fosters the child’s spiritual and moral growth; develops language and reasoning skills and promotes a positive attitude to school and learning.
Phonics, Reading, Writing and Mathematics form the main focus of the curriculum. We follow the Read Write Inc. Phonics Scheme. However, through exciting topics and themed days the children study a variety of curriculum areas including; Science, Art, Design and Technology, History, Geography and ICT in a way that is challenging and motivating. Children also have music lessons, P.E. twice a week, Jewish Studies every day and Ivrit.
The classroom settings are bright and airy with stimulating displays adding to children’s implicit learning. Lessons are taught both inside and outside as often as possible and include practical activities so that learning is varied and interesting to all children regardless of their learning style.
Children continue with four phonics lessons a week from Reception all the way through Key Stage 1 and children are given national tests in phonics at the end of Year 1. This is reported as: not met, met, and exceeded. These judgements run against age expected averages.
At the end of Year 2 the children undertake small tasks and tests to contribute to the teacher’s assessment of each child. These are expressed against age expectations.
Please click here to find out more about the new KS1 SATs 2016