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Key Stage 1

Key Stage One (Year 1 and Year 2)

In Key Stage One, pupils are taught through a theme based approach. Each curriculum subject - Science, History, Geography, Computing, Art and Design, Music and R.E - is inter-woven into the theme to provide a creative, enjoyable and challenging curriculum for our children here at Stanstead. Individual lessons are taught for Mathematics, PE and SMSC.

In year one, we aim to consolidate and enhance the wide range of skills learnt during the Foundation Stage by continuing to learn through practical and creative approaches. They are encouraged to further develop their independence and self-sufficiency in order to work towards formal lessons being introduced. At Stanstead, we provide the children with a range of opportunities to experience challenge and success.

Within year 2, children will have a range of opportunities to explore and extend their learning from that acquired in year 1. Through the choice of themes, each lesson will challenge and ignite their thirst for learning and allow them to show their creativity. Now that the children are in year 2, we encourage and support them in becoming responsible learners who can show perseverance when working.

Our expectation is that the children take pride in their work and are proud of their achievements in all areas of school life.

Throughout Key Stage One, teachers will be continually assessing each child's progress to ensure that they are able to make the best possible progress and also to quickly identify any problems or difficulties which may create a barrier to a child's learning. There are also more formal assessments carried out in both Year 1 and Year 2. In Year 1, all children nationally are assessed in Phonics to determine whether they are meeting the expected age related standard. In Year 2 the children are assessed at the end of the year using both "tests" and teacher assessments to determine the level each child is attaining. At the end of the year in July every child in the school receives a written report.