Garfield Primary School

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  • "One of Merton's most ambitious schools"Mayor of Merton, Councillor, David Chung
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KS1

Key Stage 1

In our Key Stage 1 team we have a Phase Leader who is responsible for the leadership and management of the key stage and is the designated lead for the end of key stage SATs. Working alongside the Phase Leader are the class teachers and teaching assistants. We are lucky to have one teaching assistant per class. Our afternoons are broken up with a short break when the children can go and enjoy our outside space.

Children learn through a structured programme of Read, Write, Inc. for English. During this time children in Year 1 and 2 are vertically grouped according to their phonic ability. This means that they receive a more personalised curriculum. Year group teachers plan together for the Maths, Science and Topic. We have some really exciting topics in key stage 1 including The Great Fire of London and Man on the Moon.

During the summer term each child in Year 1 must take part in the national phonic screening. The children are required to read a range of real and nonsense words based on common spelling patterns. This skill is practised on a daily basis during our daily Read, Write Inc. lessons. The screening will be carried out by the child’s class teacher on a 1:1 basis within a familiar learning environment.

During the summer term the Year 1 and Early Years team work together to ensure that the transition between EYFS and Year 1 is smooth and reassuring for the children at this early stage of their school life. During the children’s first term in Year 1 the afternoon lessons are less formal and incorporate a range of play based learning opportunities.

Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) are given to all pupils in England at the end of key stage 1 (Year 2). They provide an outcome in terms of how the children are working in comparison to their Age Related Expectations (ARE).  SATs take place in Year 2 in May. Teachers assess each child in reading, writing (including spelling and handwriting), Maths (including number, shape, space and measurement) and science. Your child's class teacher will set short pieces of work in English and Maths to assess your child’s level of ability.