Key Stage 1

The students will continue to experience active learning with opportunities to develop their basic skills of English and Mathematics.  There is still an emphasis on play and developing social and emotional skills for children in Year 1. The core subjects of Arabic, Islamic Studies (where applicable), Science and Computing may be taught either discretely or through an integrated activity so that the children continue to build their knowledge and understanding of the world around them, recognising how areas of study link together. In addition, the creative curriculum links learning across the foundation subjects of Art, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and PE.  Children in both year groups will learn more about themselves and others through Personal, Social and Health Education.

Assessments and Recording Progress

Ongoing assessments and observations are recorded by each class teacher and the Teaching Assistants. These are then used to make formal assessments, as well as providing the basis for the mid-year and end of year written reports for each child. The ongoing daily/weekly assessments are used to plan the learning for the children, thereby ensuring that the varying learning needs are successfully catered for. At the end of Year 1 all children will have a formal phonics test, which is assessed against National Curriculum expectations for their age.

Reporting to Parents

Parents are invited to meet their child’s teacher to discuss their progress and learning needs each term. Written reports are issued three times a year:  one for each term. Parents are welcome to arrange a meeting with the class teacher or the specialist teacher, such as the Arabic/Islamic Studies teacher (where relevant) to discuss any issues.