Key Stage 1
The Primary section of the school follows the English National Curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which
promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school and of society, and
prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
In Year 1, we welcome children to a new phase in their learning, where they participate with excitement in class assemblies, sports days and have the opportunity to win a worker of the week certificate, celebrated by their Primary peers.
Termly class trips are organised, where children learn about flora and fauna, and participate in a range of outdoor activities, including horse riding and orienteering.
The aim in Year 1 is to build on the good practice in Foundation Stage, with a strong early emphasis on play-based, active learning – building towards more formal group work.
Our phonics teaching follows the ‘Letters and Sounds’ programme used in the UK, supporting children to listen to, copy and talk about sounds, and to use their knowledge to begin reading and writing words as soon as they are ready.
Computing this year, develops children’s skills from using Bee-bots to independently coding on a class set of iPads. The Reading Eggs program is also used weekly to develop their reading and phonics work.
Reading is an important skill and we value it highly in Year 1. Every day, children will bring home a reading book, together with a reading record book to be shared with their family.
Year 1 enjoy sharing a playtime with Reception and Year 2. The children are provided ample opportunities to socialise, with a break in the morning and afternoon, as well as at lunch time.
Life in Year 2 is a fun an exciting new experience for our children, as well as a challenge. As they come to the end of their time in Key Stage 1, they are encouraged to become more independent thinkers and learners, in preparation for the next phase.
This includes the introduction of homework in English and Mathematics, as well as Spanish. It is an important routine to establish early on, as it is an essential part of school life.
As parents, we think you will amazed with the leaps and bounds that children make with their writing. They progress from more simple sentences to telling and writing whole stories!
Each child in Year 2 is assigned a Nessy account; a fun way to develop their spelling and reading skills. They access this weekly in the computer room, and are encouraged to practise this further at home. This also helps to build on their Computing skills that are essential for Key Stage 2.
The children enjoy a variety of trips, including a visit to the Fire Station, La Caldera and Loro Park, which they look forward to with great anticipation.