Key Stage 1
The Head of Key Stage One 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 Head of KS1 are our wonderful Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants. We are lucky enough to have one Teaching Assistant per class. Core subject learning takes place in the mornings and afternoons are broken up with a short play when KS1 children can enjoy our outside learning environment.
With early reading, children learn phonics and de-coding through a structured programme called Read, Write, Inc. During this time children in Y1 and 2 are vertically grouped according to their phonic ability. This means they receive a more personalised curriculum. Year group teachers plan together for English Writing, Maths, Science, Topic and the other foundation subjects. We have some really exciting topics in KS1 including The Superheroes and Man on the Moon. Topics are inspired by half-termly class stories - storytelling drives the entire curriculum.
During the Summer Term each child in Year 1 must take part in National Phonic Screening. Y1 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 teacher on a 1:1 basis in a familiar learning space.
In the Summer Term the Early Years and Year 1 teams work closely together to ensure 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 KS1 (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. Short pieces of work in English and Maths are completed by each child and these help assess their ability in that subject at that time.
Read Write Inc. Phonics is part of a highly successful literacy programme developed by Ruth Miskin and published by Oxford University Press. It provides a structured and systematic approach to teaching literacy, weaving decoding, comprehension, writing and spelling together seamlessly, and is used by more than a quarter of the UK's primary schools. Read Write Inc is designed to create fluent readers, confident speakers and willing writers.
The Read Write Inc. programme is carefully matched to the higher expectations of the new curriculum. It uses effective and rigorous assessment, tracking and one to one tutoring to accelerate every child's progress, preparing our children for the National Curriculum tests.
Training and support from Ruth Miskin Training, rated Outstanding by the Department of Education, ensure the programme has the best chance of success in schools.
For further information and great video tutorials on how to support your child with learning to read go to: https://ruthmiskin.com/en/find-out-more/parents/
These useful guides will help you support your child at home with their early reading and writing.
- Fred talk games
- Handwriting phrases for letter formation
- Reading top ten tips
- Learning to read and write at Garfield
In Nursery all children
- Learn the first 30 sounds in short daily sessions.
In Reception and Year 1…
- Read storybooks and non-fiction books closely matched to their developing phonic knowledge
- Take home Phonics storybooks to share
- Read with fluency and expression
- Learn to spell using known sounds
- Write confidently by practising what they want to write out loud first
- Work well with a partner
By the end of the Autumn Term in Year 2 all children…
- Are accurate and speedy readers and are ready to move on.