In Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2) the timetable has greater structure, although the focus remains on delivering a creative curriculum via half-termly topics and themes. A typical day in Key Stage 1 begins at 8:15am and runs until 3:30pm.
The curriculum has key skills in literacy and numeracy at its core, with daily lessons in each. This is enhanced by exciting child-centred topics that encompass Science, Humanities, Art and Design, Music and Drama. From the onset of this key stage children are encouraged to have ownership of their learning and to share ideas and skills with each other.
We have regular ‘out and about’ sessions that give the children the opportunity to explore our school grounds, the local area and wider a field with trips to the coast, castles and museums all of which broaden the children’s learning experiences. We have also introduced P4C (Philosophy for Children) as a weekly lesson to explore ‘Big Questions’.
Although the KS1 class teacher remains central to learning, our children are also taught by specialist staff, which include Computing, Music, Sport, PSHCEe, and Modern Foreign Languages. To extend the children’s cultural and linguistic skills, two languages are taught (German and French) every week and this often takes the form of singing, role play and practical activities. Our German puppets, Felix and Franzi engage even the most reluctant speakers.
Our weekly swimming and PE sessions make the most of our on-site pool and sports pavilion developing key skills; whilst music lessons also include pupils taking part in our Foundation String Scheme in which they all learn to play the violin forming our ensemble, ‘Mini Fiddlers’. All our Key Stage 1 children perform with the older year groups in our termly concerts, as well as their own production, all in the RWT. The children also take part in our whole school sports day.