Key Stage 1

Hello and welcome to Key Stage 1.

Key Stage 1 consists of Year 1 and Year 2. We have 6 classes in total, 3 Year 2 and 3 Year 1 classes.

We work together as a team to plan exciting and hands-on experiences for our children so that they enjoy learning. Each topic begins with a ‘launch’, which helps to focus minds and inspire learning. We also try to plan learning experiences outside the classroom so that children can see learning in real – life contexts. Those that we have planned so far are outlined below.

We truly believe that the partnership between home and school is such an important one at this early stage of your child’s education. As such, we welcome and encourage parents to come in and help us to support learning in the classroom. Likewise, we will always endeavour to help you support your child’s learning at home whenever we can. Please just ask! If you feel that you have a skill/expertise that you can offer which links to any of our topics – please come and speak to us. We are always looking for ‘visiting experts’!

This is the current arrangement of classes:

Class 1B: Mrs Kate Blundell (Year 1 Leader)

Class 1BG: Miss Beth Green

Class 1KG: Miss Kelly Gallagher

Class 2C: Miss Nic Coley

Class 2F: Mrs Judy Fillingham

Class 2R: Miss Jen Roach (Key Stage 1 Leader, Senior Leadership Team)

Homework

The children will bring home regular homework each week – either English or Maths. We value the support you can give, but if we can provide you with extra work in any way that will help your child, please come and see us. Your child’s class teacher may also approach you to discuss their individual needs. Reading is a big focus in school and we have recently revised our home reading system, so please help us to support your child by reading with them regularly – even a few minutes a day can help! If you want ideas of how you can help, please ask your child’s class teacher.

Each week the children do basic skills practise in maths. They may bring home some areas of maths that they need to work on based on the results of this. Basic skills attempts to provide the children with regular practise of the mathematical concepts, which form the ‘building blocks’ for mathematical learning. If you can focus on the areas of learning that they need to work on, this will help to develop the skills that are needed to develop their mathematical understanding and help their progress in maths.

The school day 

Start of the day – 9.05am

End of the school day – 3.25pm

Lunch – 12 – 1pm

Assemblies:

Monday – Key Stage 1 collective worship

Wednesday – Singing

Friday – Celebration Assembly

In addition, we hold daily acts of collective worship and reflection in our classes on the other school days.

Useful Links

BBC Bitesize for Key Stage 1:  www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks1/

Top Marks : www.topmarks.co.uk

ICT Games : www.ictgames.com/resources.htm

Advice for parents regarding the official KS1 and KS2 SATS this year. – Click to view/download official DFE document