Key Stage 1

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Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) aims to build on the solid foundations established within the Early Years, move the children forwards while preparing them for Key Stage 2. The staff work together and spend time with the children to ensure that they get to know your child, their interests and where they are at in their personal learning journey.

Year 1

Welcome to Year 1 2017

In year 1 we develop and encourage children’s independence. At the start of the year we reflect the Early Years Foundation Stage ethos to support the children in a smooth transition. As the year progresses, we move towards a more formal approach securing the children’s basic skills.

We have recently introduced non-negotiable skills that children leaving a year group should be confident in using. These relate to Literacy and Mathematics skills.

The non-negotiables for Year 1 are here .

Year 2

Welcome to Year 2 2017

Year 2 continue to foster the children’s independence. We love learning through our half termly topics which are linked across the curriculum including Literacy and Numeracy, where possible. Building on the foundations made in Year 1 we ensure the children’s basic skills in Literacy and Numeracy are firmly embedded ready for Key Stage 2.

We have recently introduced non-negotiable skills that children leaving a year group should be confident in using. These relate to Literacy and Mathematics skills.

The non-negotiables for Year 2 are here.

Year 1 Topics

Autumn 1, Who am I? (Science focus)

We learn about parts of the body, growing, changing and life cycles, including senses and the environment. We discover our likes and dislikes and what is special about us.

Autumn 2, Are my toys better than my grandparents’ toys? (History focus)

We explore different toys, old and new and think about how toys have changed over time. Thinking about what is different, we explore a range of new toys. Grandparents shall be invited into school for a Games Console WOW day, so be prepared to get your gaming hands ready!

Spring 1, Are you an Al-Hakawati? (Geography focus)

The children learn about Arabia and the traditional tales from this area. They have the chance to explore texts and the topic is led by a range of stories.

Spring 2, Could you survive in the Savannah? (Geography focus)

We find out about safari holidays, African animals, and tribal cultures including clothing, masks and music. We have the chance to think about different countries and what it would be like to live there.

Summer 1, What makes explorers brave? (History focus)

Throughout this topic we focus on exploration and what this means. We look at a variety of explorers, what they have done and why they have succeeded.

Summer 2, Why do we love to be beside the seaside? (Geography focus)

We explore the seaside, past and present, looking at geographical features and how these have changed.

Alfie – 2013  “It’s Awesome!”

Kory – 2014  “I have enjoyed writing about the seaside and our French buffet.”

Harriet – 2014 “I enjoyed learning about the seaside and getting sand in my toes: it tickles! Miss Burton makes us giggle.”

Amabelle – 2014 “I love year 1 and what we are learning. It’s awesome.”

Year 2 Topics

Autumn 1, Who lives in a habitat like this? (Science focus)

Starting with a trip to Chester Zoo, we look at the habitats for different animals, why they live there and what they need to survive.

Autumn 2, Where in the world will Barnaby go? (Geography focus)

Barnaby Bear jets off around the world visiting different countries to find out about the weather, local jobs and lifestyles. We will also be busy preparing our Christmas Concert.

Spring 1, What makes Stoke special? (History focus)

In this topic we will find out what makes Stoke a special place and the history behind the Pottery industry. We are hoping to experiment with clay and meet a local potter.

Spring 2, How can we perfect the Potteries? (Geography focus)

During this topic we will be thinking about how we can improve the area in which we live, this will involve designing a new facility for our local area.

Summer 1, Why was London burning? (History focus)

Through exploring the local area we learn about its history and local wildlife.

Summer 2, How amazing is our Capital city? (Geography focus)

A trip to London will start this exciting look at the famous landmarks of our capital city. We will then compare London to Stoke – on – Trent.

Isabella – 2014  “I loved being a bridesmaid at a pretend wedding.”

Oscar -2014  “My favourite topic was the Aztecs because I liked tasting their food.”

Mya – 2014  “My most favourite topic was ‘Who lives in a habitat like this?’ In our stories we wrote about Sunny the meerkat on lots of great adventures.”

Latest News:

12 Oct 2017

Children in Need 2017

Children in Need We have a very special day planned for Children in Need. We have decided that on Friday 17th November 2017 we will be holding a fun day! The children are invited to wear their pyjamas or something spotty. They …Continue reading

5 Oct 2017

October Newsletter

Please click onto the heading of this post to view a copy of our latest newsletter. Newsletter October 2017

4 Oct 2017

Staff Training Friday 6th October

School will be closed on Friday 6th October for staff training.

19 Sep 2017

High School Applications

Admissions for High School places are now open. Please visit www.stoke.gov.uk/admissions to start your application. The deadline for applications is 31st October, 2017.

8 Sep 2017

September Newsletter

Please click onto the heading of this post to view a copy of our latest newsletter. Newsletter September 2017

1 Sep 2017

New Inn Lane Traffic Signals

We have been informed that between Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th September, the Bankhouse Road/New Inn Lane junction will be temporarily closed. There will be temporary signals between 9:30am and 3:30pm whilst preparation is carried out for the new crossing …Continue reading

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