Key Stage 1 Overview
All stages of a child’s education are important but during KS1 (Year 1 and 2 ages 5 - 7), many new skills are established. We therefore use a variety of teaching approaches at SKIPS and aim to make our teaching of core subjects such as Reading, Writing, Spoken Language, Maths and Science, rigorous and challenging for all children no matter what their individual stage.
All children follow ‘Floppy’ phonics and use the online ‘Reading Eggs’ program along with additional reading activities that support individual progress. Children are assessed regularly and helped to become increasingly aware of what they need to do in order to progress to the next stage in their learning.
Alongside rigorous teaching of basic skills, a topic-based inquiry approach is used to link the various areas of the curriculum together and provide relevance and interest. We believe that this helps children to develop their thinking skills and encourages them to function increasingly independently, preparing them as lifelong learners for a rapidly changing world.
We continue to encourage and value parents as partners and provide frequent opportunities for parents to be involved in their child’s learning through sharing of half termly Curriculum Overviews, weekly homework tasks, weekly bulletin from the Head Teacher, daily updates online via Class Dojo, a Student Led Conference and Parent - Teacher meetings throughout the year.
We also hold a Meet the Head Teacher Coffee Morning at the start of the year and a Meet the Teacher afternoon during which time parents will be able to visit their child's new classroom and find out about the curriculum. Parent Representatives are nominated by parents of students from each respective class to attend a regular parent forum to discuss the school. Parent Workshops are also organised to assist parents to adapt to the use of new systems or technology that are implemented by the school as well as to highlight the teaching strategies used in class and how they can best support their child at home.
We hope to be able to answer any questions that you have on these occasions, but are always happy to meet with or arrange telephone appointments to discuss individual concerns that may arise at other times.