Across Key Stage One, we continue with a themed approach to provide an inspiring and exciting basis for the children’s learning. 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. 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 small class sizes and a full time teaching assistant supports the class teacher. The good staff-pupil ratio and 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 a week. In addition, the children also have weekly History, Geography, R.E., PHSEE, P.E., Music, Art, Design Technology and Computing lessons, some of which are taught by specialist teaching staff.
The children’s learning is regularly assessed and informs 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 parents 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. Their role also encompasses 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 Maths and Literacy homework activities at the weekend. They also have online homework activities to complete using the interactive programmes Mathletics and Spellodrome. The level of homework gradually increases dependent on where the child is in the key stage.