Key Stage 1 ( KS1) is the first key stage of Primary School, a phase of education for 5-7 year old children. Year 1 and Y2 make up KS1. Pupils generally enter KS1 from Early Years 3-4 years, (Nursery and Reception).
KS1 marks a shift from EYFS to more subject- specific learning. KS1 covers all curriculum subjects. These are English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Computing, Languages, PE, Art and Design, Drama, PSHCE ( Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education) and Music. They are taught in their own classroom, with the support of a classroom assistant (TA).
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There are specialist teachers for Computing, Languages, Art and Design, Drama and Music. This gives a focused approach to these subjects. These subjects will be taught in a designated specialist room.
The Cambridge Primary Curriculum is followed throughout Year 1 and Year 2 in all subject areas.
Music is incorporated into the curriculum. There is an opportunity for children to try different sounds, rhythms and textures on a variety of musical instruments. They experience a range of sensory exploration as well as engage in purposeful accompaniment with familiar action songs and rhymes as well as learning new songs.
Throughout the year all pupils are provided with the opportunity to listen to different musicians perform and different genres of music.
In KS 1, we feel it is particularly important to provide an opportunity to visit a range of everyday places of interest. Children learn how to behave when away from the classroom and home environment as well as discover the community and world around them. Places they may visit will include local shops, places of interest etc.
Children are assessed at the end of each term in all subject areas. The results are communicated with the parents in the end of term report cards. Any low performers will be highlighted and extra support will be given. High achievers are given mastery assignments to accelerate their learning in accordance with their ability.
Throughout KS 1 years there will be areas which provide enhanced space within an enabling environment and continuous provision to support play, development and learning. Emphasis is given to both the indoor and outdoor provision and may include experiences of bikes and scooters, sensory play, exploration of natural objects, mark making opportunities, sharing books, small world, role play imaginary play, instruments to play and ‘cosy corners’, dens and tunnels to relax and explore.
Each area of learning and development must be implemented through planned, purposeful play and through a combination of:
- Child initiated activities –pupils are given a choice from a range of structured activities with an adult hand to model and support
- Adult led activities – a planned activity with learning objectives pitched individually, working one to one or in small groups
- Individual learning targets- these are two or three targets decided upon with parents and the class teacher during arranged ‘learning conversations’ each term. They are specifically related to the needs of the child. Staff then focus on these during the school week as frequently as possible.