Key Stage One Curricular Overview
In our purpose-built facilities, surrounded by beautiful grounds and play areas, we offer children the opportunity to achieve high standards through a broad and exciting curriculum. This includes a great emphasis on practical learning and problem solving encouraging our pupils to be inquisitive and independent learners.
A mix of inspirational teaching and practical experiences brings learning alive and innovative and traditional teaching methods underpins an approach that drives pupil progress. Confidence flourishes through Speaking and Listening presentations, Key Stage One productions and presenting their work in assemblies.
Key Stage One pupils are taught mostly by a child’s class teacher; however, we are fortunate in being able to use the expertise of Prep and Senior School staff to offer subject specialist teaching in some areas of the curriculum. Children in Year 1 and Year 2 are introduced to World Cultures and traditions, learning greetings, numbers and colours in a variety of languages across the world as well as traditions and cultural differences.
As an independent school, we are not confined to the learning objectives laid down by the National Curriculum; we take into consideration the key skills we wish our children to develop using it as a guideline. In doing this we provide a truly stimulating and child initiated learning experience, enhancing it extensively through extra-curricular activities, outdoor learning and cross-curricular links to our topics:
- World Cultures
- Religious Education
- Personal, Social, Health Education and Citizenship
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
Through our weekly school celebration assemblies and regular parent assemblies, children a rewarded and praised for their achievements both in school and out of school. They are rewarded in class with ‘Dojos’ for positive grow mindset and good manners, which at they collect as a team and rewarded when they have reached their set target. This has included den building, teddy day and hot chocolate drinks.
All this is enriched by a diverse extracurricular programme which also helps to foster important qualities such as teamwork and collaboration with others, resilience and the importance of practice. In Key Stage One, children are involved in enrichment activities weekly with children up to Year 6. Activities have included; Ukulele, cricket, basketball, drama, yoga, multi-sport, button art, gardening and art in nature.
Children also have the opportunity to attend lunchtime activities and are expected to take part in at least one activity during the week, each one tailored specifically for Years 1 and 2; including choir, STEM, Arts and Crafts and Basketball.
We are also involved in a variety of Inter House activities including; TT Rockstars Championships, the Spelling Bee, Inter-House Scavenger Hunt and Key Stage One Inter House Cross Country Championships.
Children in Year 1 and Year 2 are given a small amount of homework each week with the main emphasis being on spelling, reading and mental arithmetic. Social activity calendars are set as an optional fun homework, a selection of activities for children to explore with their family over the course of a month.
Key Stage One – Trips and Visits
In Key Stage One frequent trips, workshops and visits promote a love of learning, and add another dimension to the extra-curricular programme, enhancing teaching and encouraging personal development. Through these experiences, the pupils develop the adaptability to confidently face and respond to new challenges.
These include; trips to Forest School, Eureka, Wilderspin Museum, The Deep, orienteering and a trip to Flamborough to study conservation as a whole Key Stage.
Within school, exciting drama and art workshops, baking, sewing and exploring our school surroundings promote a love of outdoor learning.