We manage the transition from a play-based Foundation Stage to Year 1 sensitively to ensure a seamless and confident move for all the children. During the end of the summer term and the first half of the autumn term, adjacent class teachers work closely together and interact with all the pupils so that they are familiar with each other, their classroom, resources and the curriculum.
In Year 1 pupils become accustomed to working independently or in a supported group for longer periods; there are still plenty of movement and practical tasks built into the teaching and learning: little children are simply not designed to sit still for long periods!
We place a strong emphasis on establishing really solid foundations in English and Maths. Daily reading continues to be a priority, as well as interactive phonic sessions to underpin progress in Reading, Writing and Spelling. Mental maths skills are sharpened through games and we aim to make all the children’s learning engaging, active and appropriately challenging. At KS1 the children experience lessons under traditional subject headings: History, Geography, RE, PSHE, Science and Art are all taught by the class teacher. Specialist teachers take the class for PE, Music and French. Learning in the classroom is enriched by Educational Visits, usually one per term, which have recently included a trip to Bedgebury Pinetum, to the Ashdown Forest, to the theatre – in Tunbridge Wells or Crawley, as well as walking trips to explore the local environment and take in a library visit.
In Year 2 children will take the end of KS1 SATs during the summer term. We aim to make the experience as pain free as possible – for parents as well as pupils! Being well-prepared, knowing what to expect and testing in familiar surroundings gives the children the optimum chance to show themselves at their best.
From Year 1 pupils may choose to join in with after school clubs and activities including Nature Club, Drama, Football, Cooking, French, Spanish or Textiles for example – depending what is on offer each term.
Highlights of the KS1 calendar include the Nativity performed to parents in December; the Musical Concert in the spring term and their individual class assemblies performed during the summer term. KS1 also contribute to whole school events for parents including the Harvest Assembly, Carol Service, Mother’s Day Concert and performances for Prizegiving.