In Key Stage One our goal is to provide the opportunities for a child to invent and discover and we aim to create children who are capable of doing new things.
We are very lucky to have an outdoor classroom. We work together throughout the year to plant vegetables and work outdoors.
In Year One we continue to learn all of our phonics in preparation for our phonics test. We work very hard, practising our sounds, blending together and saying the word.
In Year Two we continue to learn any phonics we find tricky.
In Year One homework is sent home on a Friday. It is really important that homework is completed carefully and returned to school. Often homework may be of a practical nature supporting work completed in class. The practical nature enables parents and children to work together.
In Year Two homework is completed in individual English and Mathematics books and needs to be completed in writing pencil. Homework will be sent home alternate weeks for English and Mathematics. Before each topic a small practical research project is usually set.
By the end of Year Two all children need to know their 2x,5x and 10x tables. We celebrate this achievement with a bronze certificate given in Show and Tell.
In Years One and Two we begin to learn a cursive script, so that by the end of Year Two most children can write in a flowing cursive style.
In Year Two all children will sit SAT tests and children are given a 'standard' at the end of the year in Reading, Writing, Mathematics and Science. There will be a meeting to inform parents about what the children need to know and how SAT's are administered as well as how to support your child at home.
Spelling strategies are taught every week in Year Two and tested on a Friday with dictated sentences. It is important that children are supported at home to enable them to learn and use specific strategies.
On alternate week's children win Key Stage One will visit our school library and choose a book to store at home.
In Year One your child will be given a PE bag which will be named. They will begin to use a PE kit for both indoor and outdoor PE lessons. Please ensure all clothing is clearly named.
Our Topics ~ Year One
Term 1 ~ Marvellous Me and Let's Celebrate
Term 2 ~ Who Lives in a Hole Like This and Easter
Term 3 ~ Home Sweet Home and Passover (Judaism)
Visits Include: Laing Art Gallery, Seven Stories, Rising Sun Country Park, Cowell's Garden Centre, Beamish Museum.
Our Topics ~ Year Two
Term 1 ~ Marvellous Me and The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker
Term 2 ~ Inventions and Easter
Term 3 ~ All Creatures Great and Small
Visits Include: Shipley Art Gallery, Kingston Park Shops, Grainger Market, Cragside, St Mary's Lighthouse.