Key Stage One
Key Stage One at Robin Hood
Your child will have left the EYFS behind in Reception, although some goals may be carried on with them as they move into Year 1. This will be their first year of the National Curriculum. Like all year groups, Year 1 has government statutory schemes of learning to follow. The children will be assessed at the end of the year to see if they have reached the expected standard. All children are supported in order to achieve this and are given extra support and guidance if needed.
The children will still be learning through play, they will still be exploring, discovering and making plenty of use of the areas of provision around the room. The day will be more structured than it was in Reception and they will have to sit at a table. The children will be learning in a variety of ways to support them to maximise their progress.
Your child will be learning through a variety of topics which make lessons fun and exciting. This will include History, Geography, Art and DT. In English the children’s stimulus will be through all sorts of wonderful stories and clips from films. We will spend time building vocabulary, then writing their own creative stories using adjectives and conjunctions. They will learn to write in sentences using the High 5 cards as a guide all while improving their handwriting through our Penpals scheme. Phonics is a big part of Year 1 and your child will continue to expand on their knowledge of phonics. These are fun, interactive sessions which involve lots of games and practical activities. They will learn tricky words, spelling rules and how to sound out and blend to support them with their reading and writing. Maths lessons will enjoyable, with plenty of hands-on activities. The children will count with practical objects and a variety of resources, they will work in groups to explore shapes and pattern. Now that they are using numbers over 20, they will learn to use a 100 square to help with their adding and subtracting. Number bonds will also be reinforced. They will learn to count forwards, backwards, in 2s, 5s, 10s, 20s, and they will double and halve using a range of resources and strategies.
In English the children will learn to write for a range of different purposes such as persuasive letters, instructions and narratives. They will begin to explore a range of spelling rules which builds on the phonics they have learnt in Year One. They will learn about rules such as possessive apostrophes and homophones which they will also include in their writing. Handwriting will become neater and they may even start to join with some diagonal strokes.
In Maths in Year Two the children build on their learning from Year One through solving challenges to deepen their understanding. They go on to learn many new concepts which they explore in different ways to ensure mastery of the different ideas. There is a focus on exploring the four operations as well studying shape, measure, time and fractions.
Science in Year Two is fun and engaging. We like to get out of our seats and outside as often as possible for meaningful, practical science lessons. Your child will learn how work scientifically and record observations through a range of topics such as habitats, plants, animals and materials.
Throughout the year we will explore a range of exciting topics such as Safari, London, The Rainforest, Explorers, Our World and Seaside Holidays. Learning within these topics will be very cross-curricular and will include aspects of history, geography, art and DT.
Preparing our year two children to be confident within the KS1 SAT papers will always be an important part of the year. However we believe that providing children with practical, fun activities that allow them to explore and question is the most effective way to build their confidence and love of learning.