Curriculum-KS1

Our KS1 curriculum builds on the excellent practice from Early Years which provides the opportunity for both adult directed and child intiated learning. In KS1 the balance of adult directed and child intiated learning, swings more towards adult directed for a large proprotion of the day. However, we value and promote independent learning and ensure that there are opportunities for this during the school day. 

 

Key Stage One Curriculum (KS1)

The current National curriculum came into force in September 2014. 

 

Click here to download a parents guide to the new national curriculum

 

 

The National Curriculum is divided up into three Core subjects and seven Foundation subjects. The Key Stage One curriculum spans both Year 1 and Year 2. 

 

In addition, children are also taught R.E. which is not a subject of the National Curriculum, but which is statutory. We follow the Hampshire syllabus 'Living Difference' Information can be found here

Assessment Changes 

Children in Year 2 sat the new national curriculum tests (SATs) during May 2016. The tests provide information about how your child is progressing, compared to children the same age nationally. They are not qualifications and don’t affect your child’s future options in school. The results are used to ensure that schools are teaching their pupils the essential knowledge and skills in the subjects that are the early building blocks. This is to ensure every child reaches their full potential. 

For more information click here

 Core Subjects

English

The English curriculum encompasses Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing. Throughout the year we will provide detailed information to parents through information evenings and workshops. This is to ensure that parents feel well informed about the curriculum we offer and expectations of children at different stages of their learning.

Reading

We do not have one set reading scheme in school as we believe children need to experience a range and variety of books. Our reading books are graded by colour according to difficulty known as Book Bands and children work through the bands at their own rate. Each Book Band has its own colour and supports the teaching of specific skills for reading. Within the bands, books are taken from several different established schemes such as Bug Club, Rigby Star and Oxford Reading Tree.This system ensures that children are exposed to a wide variety of authors and genres and can become very discerning in their choices. As there is a range of books in each band, some may be slightly more challenging or easier and yet still teach the same skills.

There are 14 colours within the scheme and within each colour there are a mixture of scheme and 'real' books which are pitched at a similar level designed to support specific skills for that stage. The colour bands are organised to support the national curriculum expectations from Early Years Foundation Stage right through to the beginning of Key Stage 2 (Year 3 expectations).

Please click here for a copy of our Long Term Curriculum Overview for Reading

Writing

Please click here for a copy of our Long Term Curriculum Overview for Writing

 Our Handwriting Script:

Phonics 

We follow the scheme for phonics as developed by the government, Letters and Sounds. This provides a structure and framework to ensure progression in the teaching of phonics throughout our school. We use a computer based program called Phonics Play to support the delivery of the Letters and Sounds scheme.

Phonic teaching is organised into Phases. Please click on each Phase below to find out more information about the content of each Phase:

Phase 1

Phase 2

Phase 3 and 4

Phase 5

Phase 6

 

Click here for a Glossary of Phonic Terms

 

Links to useful websites which support phonic learning can be found here

Mathematics

The Maths curriculum encompasses Number and Place Value, Calculation, Fractions, Measurement and Shape. Throughout the year we will provide detailed information to parents through information evenings and workshops. This is to ensure that parents feel well informed about the curriculum we offer and expectations of children at different stages of their learning.

 

Please click here for a copy of our Long Term Curriculum Overview for Mathematics.

 

Below are some useful documents which support our approach to delivering the Maths curriculum:

A Parents Guide to Mathematics Teaching at Newtown Soberton Infant School

Supporting Counting and Recognising Numbers

Supporting Addition and Subtraction 

 

Links to useful websites which support early mathematics can be found here

 

Science

The Science curriculum for Key Stage 1 is largely rooted in environmental science and requires the children to be really familiar with the surroundings within which they are growing up. We are fortunate that we are situated in such an amazing locality and we frequently use the immediate and local environment to support the teaching of Science.

 

Please click here for a copy of our Long Term Curriculum Overview for Science

 

Links to useful websites which support science concepts can be found here

 

Foundation Subjects

 Click here to view Long Term Curriculum Overviews for the Foundation Subjects.

Design and Technology

Computing

History

Geography

Art 

Music

Physical Education