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.
Welcome to Year Two! This is a very important stage of your child’s primary school experience which includes the end of Key Stage One SATS. To some parents this might seem like an emotional time as your child reaches the end of their time as an infant and begins preparations for formal tests. However, although we keep in mind the goal for the end of the year, this is a wonderful year. In Year Two we begin to work more independently as we work towards reaching the end of KS1. The children begin to flourish as they see themselves as independent learners and enjoy exploring through practical experiences and written ideas.
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 spelling rules which build 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. Your child will learn how work scientifically and record observations through a range of topics such as habitats, plants, animals and materials.
How can you help at home?
Read as often as possible including both your child reading and you reading to your child. It is useful to model reading aloud using expression and pointing out the impact of different punctuation on your reading. In Year Two comprehension plays an important role as children begin to explore texts in more detail. Asking questions as you or your child reads will help them to think about the text on a deeper level. Read a range of types of text with your child such as poetry, fiction and non-fiction to ensure they are given the opportunity to expand their reading knowledge.
Exploring Maths at home with your child in a real life situation can help to give them a deeper understanding of Mathematical concepts. You could bake with your child encouraging them to measure the ingredients or ask them to tell the time at certain parts of the day. Making Maths relevant and fun can help them hugely!
Developing your child's independence will help them enormously as they move up into Key Stage Two. This might mean encouraging them to remember to change their own books, getting dressed on their own or organising their own belongings.