Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 (year 1 and year 2) follow the National Curriculum.
The phonics scheme used is Read Write Inc.
We use a range of decodable reading schemes e.g. Read, Write Inc, Dandelion Readers and Oxford Reading Tree that have been ordered and matched appropriately to each RWInc set.
Pupils quickly acquire discrete and generic skills because the curriculum is driven by age related differentiated key skills which are the focus of planning, teaching and learning and assessment. The skills are taught within the contexts of different topics which enable the pupils to acquire new knowledge. Examples are: ‘Why can’t a Lion live in Brightside?’, ‘What’s the Story of your Life?’, ‘How did Queen Victoria change life in Brightside?’. The curriculum is enhanced with half termly trips to places such as The Victorian Classroom, Cleethorpes and The Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Pupils also learn about different subjects and events through topical days and weeks e.g. Science Week, Eid Day, World Culture Day, Take One Picture Week. Each topic is based on a high quality quality text which serves as a ‘Book for a Hook’. This forms the basis of whole class reading texts, writing genres and provides links to the topic currently being taught.
The curriculum has been adapted for 2021/22 to ensure that missed content due to COVID-19 is planned for and taught. This will ensure that children make rapid progress and develop age related knowledge, concepts and skills by the end of the year. There will also be an emphasis on Healthy Minds and PSHE to ensure that children settled back into the school environment and are ready to learn.
Pupils also use and apply skills at every opportunity as a result of cross curricular planning. For example pupils:
- research topics using a wide range of texts and the internet in all subjects
- use ICT to create pieces of art, animations, emails etc.
- write using their knowledge of different genres in different subjects: instructions in D&T; an advert about Greentop Circus.
- create and interpret a database on favourite foods, the weather
- work out the cost on an enterprise project they have made
Swimming lessons are taught to all pupils in year 2.
Click on the link to view the yearly plan for year 2. For a further breakdown of the skills and knowledge taught please see the individual subject pages.