Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2)
Key Stage One refers to the two years in a child’s education from ages 5 to 7. We have Year 1 (age 5-6) and Year 2 (age 6-7) classes.
We see ourselves very much as a team and work closely in partnership with parents to support their child’s education. Open communication, trust, respect, honesty and friendship underpin these relationships. Furthermore, we strongly believe in differentiating work to cater for the children’s different needs.
Our brand new Woodall Building, opened in 2018, houses a junior ICT suite for programming lessons and a dedicated Key Stage library. Folding walls between teaching rooms enable collaborative interaction between classes and also interactive spaces in lesson time. Each room has access to outdoor learning spaces with resources that challenge, stimulate, and develop children’s academic, creative thinking and physical skills. As well as Forest School, we have also introduced a Beach School programme of study which further enhances learning outside of the classroom walls.
During Key Stage One, the children follow the National Curriculum closely in class. Our pupils learn English and mathematics alongside foundation subjects which are sometimes taught by specialist teachers. Every half term has a cross-curricular topic theme, which forms the basis of subject learning and incorporates PSHE and Citizenship. Christianity is the main focus of RE lessons, although we do include stories and celebrations from other faiths and religions. Much learning takes place through investigations. We find these extend organisational and social skills, as well as academic knowledge. Educational visits and regular visiting speakers supplement students’ classwork.