Key Stage 1 Curriculum
The KS1 curriculum aims to develop the foundation for learning established in the Foundation Stage Unit and meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
We aim to implement a curriculum with sufficient depth and breadth that meets the needs of all pupils and develops skills in literacy and numeracy in different subjects.
As such, we use the National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies to support our planning whilst using the international Primary Curriculum (IPC) to provide a more cross-curricular, creative curriculum and cover other subject areas within the National Curriculum we also use Rising Stars 'Switched on Computing' scheme to support us in meeting the demands of the new Computer Science Curriculum .
Numeracy and Literacy
All pupils within KS1 undertake a full session of Numeracy or Literacy every day. These sessions are taught within class groups; however, targeted support for identified pupils may be provided following on from termly assessment reviews and Pupil Progress Meetings.
All pupils in KS1 also undertake a session of guided reading every day and also receive a session of Phonics teaching using Letters And Sounds to support this.
Key Stage 1 follow Letters and Sounds to teach phonics as a discreet subject for 20 minutes per day. In Years 1 and 2 children are grouped in mixed abilities to support each others learning.
Children are encouraged to read at home and are provided with home readers from the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme and a login for 'Bug Club'. For Years 1 and 2, daily reading takes place for 25 minutes per day and in this time the children use a variety of books from all genres and a number of different publishers.
Religious Education (RE)
All pupils receive at least a half session of RE each week following a scheme of work planned to ensure it meets the requirements of the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education. In addition, pupils take part in themed activities, such as events to mark the religious celebrations of all our school community.
PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies)
All KS1 pupils take part in at least half an hour of PATHS each week. PATHS is a programme designed to facilitate the development of self control, emotional awareness, peer relations and interpersonal problem solving skills. The purposes of the PATHS programme are to enhance the social competence and social understanding of children, as well as to facilitate educational processes in the classroom.
The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
In order to provide the pupils in KS1 with a creative curriculum with breadth and depth and which enhances their cultural development, the school have adopted the International Primary Curriculum (IPC).
The IPC has been organised into a 2 year cycle of themes for each phase, i.e. KS1, LKS2 and UKS2. These themes are generally planned in half-termly or termly units. The IPC covers all the other subject areas of the National Curriculum, i.e. science, ICT, geography, history, art, music, DT and PE. Where possible, all these subjects will be taught in a creative, cross-curricular way under the umbrella of the IPC topic being studied. However, it is recognised that some areas require discreet skills development; as such, science, ICT and PE may be taught discretely when necessary.
For the themed approach within IPC to be successful, teachers plan within phases in order to promote collaboration within a one form entry school setting. There is an emphasis on inspiring and motivating pupils to learn and find out more for themselves and so activities are planned to do this, e.g. introductory “wow” activity; pupils involved in the “Knowledge Harvest” and considering what they need to find out and how; pupils taking part in activities to review, share and celebrate their learning, etc.
Learning within IPC is recorded in many ways: using the children’s “Learning Journey” books; within class topic books; as part of classroom/ corridor display; within class assemblies or sharing activities, etc.
What was formerly known as ICT (Information, communication, technology) is now know as Computer Science which has meant the areas of study have now significantly changed. The previous curriculum mostly covered how to use applications and software whereas now the emphasis is on how computers and the internet work and using this knowledge to create and share games and apps, write blogs, create webpages and graphics packages for design. To get a taste of what the children are doing examples will be added to the children's pages (class pages) for you to explore.
Physical Education (PE)
All pupils receive on average 2 hours of PE activities per week. PE activities may be planned as part of the termly IPC units within phases; however, some skills and activities may need to be taught discreetly in order to ensure effective coverage of all areas of the PE curriculum.