Key Stage 1 - Years 1 & 2
What is it like to be in Year 1 and Year 2?
Our classroom environment and approach to learning is different. We believe that children have a right to expect a learning environment which is appropriate to their stage of development.
Research and our own school experience tells us that young children learn best through play and exploration which is why we operate a Continuous Provision Based approach in both Year 1 & 2.
Is Continuous Provision just playing?
Continuous Provision offers children the chance to engage in active learning through hands-on, play-based activities which they can access whenever they choose.
Continuous Provision can enable children to explore recent learning, practice new skills, and follow their own interests, both indoors and out.
Continuous Provision gives the children time to think and explore and the adults time to work flexibly to support children on an individual level.
Continuous Provision inspires children to be independent, resilient learners who motivate themselves to take on the next challenge and push themselves to their limits.
Continuous Provision supports the transition between EYFS and Key Stage One by allowing close relationships to build, a strong sense of well-being to develop as well as leading to greater levels of enthusiasm for learning by adults and children alike.
Continuous Provision supports and encourages our children to have a lifelong love of learning.
What does a learning day look like in Continuous Provision?
Children’s days are a carefully planned blend of teacher led sessions, small group work, independent practice tasks and time for children to demonstrate and deepen their learning by choosing how to access a range of opportunities in our Continuous Provision both inside and outside. We continue to build upon the characteristics of effective learning and the children’s eagerness to be independent in their own learning.
Throughout the environment, both inside and outside, you will see busy children actively engaged in a wide range of activities that they themselves have chosen.
Our KS1 classrooms are dynamic, well-resourced learning spaces. They share a large outside area which children are able to access throughout the day. Children have opportunities to; experiment with scientific concepts, engage with computing, make artwork, experience the natural world, design and create structures and models, explore scenarios through role play and learn how to cook simple recipes.
Staff will often enhance the provision areas to make links to adult led learning. This gives teachers the opportunity to introduce their adult-led activities, being sure that children have plenty of chances to practise and improve skills, knowledge and confidence in active, independent learning.
The outdoors supports physical development with resources and challenges being on a much larger scale including a mud kitchen and den areas, as well as crates, drainpipes and wooden planks being used to create an endless range of structures. The outdoors also backs onto the school field with easy access to our enormous sandpit, nature area, willow garden, pond and chickens.
Sharing our experience and expertise with others
Our staff are often invited to speak at events about our Continuous Provision based approach and are always happy to support other educators who may be interested in learning more about this way of working. We have also made a short video which gives you a flavour of what Continuous Provision looks like during a normal day in our KS1 classes.
In Key Stage 1, our primary aim is that, through our approach to teaching and learning, pupils are supported to confidently read, write and use mathematical knowledge, ideas and operations so they are well prepared for the demands of their future learning.
We follow the National Curriculum and all KS1 Programme of Study Objectives in each subject are covered across Years 1 and 2.
Please find below information regarding the curriculum for each year group in Years 1&2, our curriculum map and our termly curriculum overviews.
Year 1 Curriculum Map 2020 - 21 (coming soon)
Year 2 Curriculum Map 2020 - 21 (coming soon)
Key Performance Indicators
You can find Key Performance Indicators for reading, writing and maths in Y1-6 here.
This booklet outlines the key performance indicators (KPIs) in each of the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. For pupils to have achieved the expected standard for their year group in a subject, they will have demonstrated that they have achieved all of these consistently and confidently. Evidence of achieving these KPIs will be through a variety of methods including written work, observations, discussion, performance and testing.
The Key Performance Indicators do not represent every aspect of the National Curriculum, rather they are the key indicators against which we assess pupils’ achievement and outcomes at the end of each curriculum year.