Key Stage One includes both our Year One and Year Two classes. The move from Foundation Two (reception) to Year One is carefully managed by the teaching teams working together to ensure a smooth transition takes place.
We provide a happy, well-resourced and structured environment, where the children are valued as individuals and supported in developing their learning style, to then continue their journey in becoming independent and successful learners. Whilst we continually strive for high academic standards, we also celebrate a range of non-academic achievements and talents. We promote mutual respect for others, good manners and self-esteem, whilst having high expectations of the children’s behaviour and learning.
The school day begins at 8:30am and ends at 3:30pm. We offer a breakfast club facility from 7:30am to 8:00am. The children can be dropped off at the school gate at any time from 8:00am onwards, and are fully supervised by members of staff until the school day starts. We also offer an after school ‘tea-timers’ facility from 3:30 to 5:30pm.
The children in Key Stage One have a weekly timetable that details the range of activities they will undertake each day, as well as the time of their morning and lunch time breaks.
A nutritious lunch is provided by our professional caterers, The Brookwood Partnership, for all of our classes. The food is freshly prepared and cooked on site daily, with a range of options for children to choose from. We have a no nut policy and can cater for specific dietary requirements. The children have their lunch in the school hall with the Key Stage One teaching team, where they are supported with making healthy choices, developing table manners and using cutlery correctly.
Following on from the Foundation Stage, we continue with a themed approach to learning within Key Stage One, to provide an inspiring and exciting basis for the children’s continued education. Topic based learning is integrated with the National Curriculum to provide challenging and engaging lessons, as well as the flexibility to provide greater depth in key areas of learning. We also recognise that children develop at different rates and so, where appropriate, some children within Year 1 will continue to work through objectives from the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework, where this is relevant for their individual learning needs. The children’s learning experiences continue to be enriched by a range of trips, activities, themed days and themed weeks. The children are taught in class sizes of up to twenty and a full time teaching assistant supports the class teacher. The low staff-to-pupil ratio, combined with our approach to differentiated learning, allows us to tailor the journey to each child’s individual needs and support, as well as challenge each pupil to fulfil their true potential.
A firm emphasis is placed upon the teaching and learning of core subjects, where the children will have daily Literacy and Mathematics lessons, along with two Science lessons each week. In addition, the children learn a range of other subjects on a weekly basis including Geography, History, Religious Education (RE), Personal, Health, Social & Economic Education (PHSEE), Art and Design Technology. French, Music, Physical Education (PE) and Computing are taught weekly by specialist teachers.
The children’s learning is regularly assessed and informs our dedicated teachers to enable them to plan activities that will appeal to a range of learning styles and support pupils in making rapid progress. Parents are regularly informed about their child’s progress, as we continue to foster strong relationships with them to support a positive learning experience for every child.
Our Extended Educational Co-ordinator identifies and develops a support plan with the class teacher for those children who have special educational needs or may be experiencing some learning difficulties. The Extended Educational Co-ordinator also works with the class teacher in identifying and providing additional challenges for our able, gifted and talented pupils.
Homework is a way of helping pupils to become independent learners. It also helps to consolidate different aspects of learning and provides an opportunity to extend pupils’ understanding. The children in Key Stage One receive daily reading homework and will receive Mathematics and Literacy homework activities at the weekend. The level of homework gradually increases dependent on where the child is in the key stage.
Our broad, engaging, curriculum is also enhanced by a wide and exciting range of extra-curricular clubs. The clubs can be applied for on a termly basis. The clubs we currently offer for Key Stage One are:
- Construction Crew
- Board games
- Once Upon a Story
- Treasured Readers
- Pre-Prep choir
- Hama Beads