Staffing in Key Stage 1
The children in Years 1 and 2 are organised in three classes. These classes will be taught by Mrs Claire Rigden (Reception and Year 1 combined), Mrs Haynes (Year 1 and Year 2 combined), and Mrs Davina Abbott and Mrs Lucie Rowntree (Year 2). The teachers will be supported a team of teaching assistants who have a wealth of experience working with Key Stage 1 children and who will work flexibly across all three Key Stage 1 classes to support Year 1 and Year 2 pupils.
Mrs Rowntree will be teaching in KS1 to enable the class teachers to take statutory non-contact PPA (Planning, Preparation and Assessment) time.
Our Teaching and Learning
As a school, we take a thematic approach to planning for the new curriculum. Each term will have a theme, with a ‘hook’ in at the beginning to engage and excite the children and a celebration event at the end, which parents will often be invited to share in. Wherever possible, activities and tasks in individual curriculum areas will link to the half termly theme, helping the children to build cross-curricular links between different areas of knowledge.
The children in all classes will be taught using a range of methods, sometimes in groups and sometimes as a whole class. There will also be occasions when they are pulled together as a whole year group for certain activities. Staffing will be deployed creatively and flexibly to ensure effective delivery of all aspects of the curriculum.
All teaching will be differentiated to meet the needs of each individual within the group, class or cohort. This ensures we provide children with learning experiences which best suit their needs at any given time, based on prior assessment and knowledge of their individual ways of learning.
Long Term Curriculum Overview
Half Termly Thematic Overviews
If you feel there is something you would like to discuss with us (that is not urgent), please make an appointment. At times you may not have time to pop in and see us so our emails are listed below.
We endeavour to check our e-mail on a daily basis, however due to the busy nature of the school day, we cannot always guarantee to reply on the same day as we receive the e-mail. If you have an urgent query please contact the school office.
Parents/carers will be informed of school events via email if you have signed up to Parentmail or otherwise through paper letters.
Key Stage 1 Routines
- Playtime snacks: As a reminder, your child can bring in fresh or dried fruit for a playtime snack although we do have a daily delivery of free fruit for the infant children. At morning playtimes we also sell toast and milk. We ask children to bring their snack money in and keep it safely in their book bags and not in their pockets, to avoid it being lost.
- Toys in school: In reception we allow children to bring a toy into school to play with at playtimes to ease the transition into school life. However as the children move into Key Stage 1 we have found that the presence of toys in school meant that staff were having to deal with issues surrounding the safekeeping, sharing and losing of toys after almost every playtime and this took up valuable teaching and learning time.
Therefore we are requesting children in Key Stage 1 do not bring toys into school. There is a wide range of play equipment available for children to use at playtimes, as well as the older children who are trained as play leaders, and who organise and play a variety of games with the younger children.
In line with the policy in Key Stage 2, children will still be permitted to bring a ball (size 3) into school which can be used during playtimes and lunchtimes when the children are playing on the field.
- Show and Tell– In year 1 we don’t have specific ‘show and tell’ sessions planned into the curriculum. However, if children have achieved something outside school such as swimming badges, gymnastics certificates etc, we always welcome them bringing them in and will give them the chance to share their achievement with the class. Equally, if children have brought in a resource specific to our theme then they will be able to share that with their peers also.
- Book Bands– Your children will bring home reading books, which may be from the Oxford Reading Tree scheme or from the colour banded shelves in the classroom or school library. The coloured sticker on the spine of the book indicates the colour band of the reading book and within each colour band there are a range of books of different genres and degrees of challenge.
- If you would like extra reading material for your children, you are welcome to visit the school library to choose books from the colour banded section that matches the colour band on the reading books sent home by your teacher.
- Reading at home– We always greatly appreciate you spending time reading with your child at home and it has a noticeable impact on their reading ability as the school year progresses. When reading at home, please record details of your child’s reading books in their home reading diary along with any comments you feel are necessary and sign to say when a book has been completed. Please be aware that as well as developing the phonic skills for reading, we are also developing your child’s comprehension of the texts they read and therefore your child may need to re-read reading books for reinforcement as they move through the colour band, to ensure they are confident with any new words and have a good level of comprehension of the text.
- Reading at school– Children read individually as well as in guided reading groups during reading roundabout sessions. Children are often given the chance to do independent reading and we encourage children to bring in personal books of interest in their book bags for such opportunities.
It may take a few days at the start of term to organise your child’s reading books and if you have any worries or concerns regarding your child’s reading at any stage, please feel free to come and speak to us.
Children in years 1 and 2 have spellings to learn. These are linked to the National Curriculum and the sounds the children are learning in phonics. They will usually either follow a spelling pattern or be ‘tricky’ words which you cannot phonetically spell and just have to learn.
These will be sent home each week in a spelling book and the following week the children will have an opportunity to write their spelling words. This is very low key and not a ‘test’.
P.E. kit is navy/black shorts, a white t-shirt and a pair of plimsolls. In the Autumn and Summer term we often go outside for P.E. so you may wish to include a pair of long trousers, a jumper and more robust footwear such as trainers in your child’s P.E. bag.
We suggest that you send your child’s P.E. kit in at the beginning of the week since, in addition to P.E. session, children sometimes require their kit for other activities such as visiting sports coaches and drama lessons.
Jewellery is not permitted for PE and children with long hair will need to use a bobble. Please ensure all items are individually named, remembering that any names that are inked in can fade easily in the wash.
Pupils are encouraged to drink water at every play time and can also ask to have a drink during lesson times. Water bottles are kept in the classroom and the children are given the responsibility of ensuring their water bottle is filled from the water fountain. Please ensure your child has a water bottle in school and that it is clearly named.
Children will be asked to take both P.E. kit and water bottles home on a Friday afternoon and bring them back to school on a Monday morning.
How to help your child at home
Many parents are keen to support their child’s learning at home and so we have provided the following material on the school website to aid you in helping your child at home:
- Reading Question Mat– This gives good examples of types of questions to ask your child when you read with them at home. This ensures they develop their comprehension skills as well as their decoding skills for reading.
- Phonics Rainbows of Sounds– These dyslexia-friendly ‘rainbows of sounds’ give the phase 3 and phase 5 sounds that we would expect most pupils to recognise and decode within words by the end of year 1.
- High Frequency Words for Reading and Spelling– This lists the first 100 high frequency words for reading and spelling.
- KS1 Maths Mat– This is a useful table top mat, containing a 100 square, that can be used by your child when doing maths homework as well as for reinforcing some key mathematical concepts and language.
We usually go on at least one school visit during the year, which will link to work being undertaken in school at the time. As well as out of school visits we often have visitors who come into school to work with us on activities across many different subject areas.
For some visits we may ask for a voluntary financial contribution if you are able and we always appreciate your continued support in helping to provide varied and exciting educational experiences across the curriculum.
Over the course of the year we will be doing a wide variety of activities, some of which require extra adult support either in or out of the classroom. When there are opportunities for parents to get involved, we will send out a note via Parentmail giving details and we simply ask any interested helpers to get in touch with us to say they are available to help. We always look forward to welcoming parent helpers into the classroom to work with us on a variety of different projects throughout the course of the year and often parent support is vital to enable to provide certain learning experiences for the children.
If you would like to come into school on a regular basis to work in a key stage 1 classroom, we always welcome this support. This type of voluntary work requires you to have a full DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) as well as sign a confidentiality agreement. Please contact the school office if you need copies of the relevant documentation.