Key Stage 1

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Learning in Key Stage 1 is always fun, exciting and challenging! Children are encouraged to learn by investigating and using a wide range of resources across all subjects. This helps pupils get really involved in their learning.

Key Stage 1 spans the ages of 5-7 years, when your child is in Year 1 and Year 2. In our school this is when your child is in Red Class and Green Class. Because at Christ Church Green Class spans Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the transition from Key stage 1 to Key Stage 2 is seamless in our school.

The programme of study for Key Stage 1 is set out in the national curriculum document (2014) Please click here.

We have carefully organised the national curriculum into topic themes to be taught over a two year rolling programme in Key Stage 1. The topics have been chosen to engage and excite our learners and with our whole school curriculum and curriculum drivers in mind. For more information about our curriculum drivers and our rolling programme of topics click here.

At the end of Year 1 pupils sit a phonics test. This consists of a mixture of 40 words and non-words (also known to the children as ‘alien words’) which test the application of pupils’ phonological knowledge. The results of this test are shared with parents and this information is sent off to the Department for Education. The test involves responding verbally to word cards and does not involve and written work. The test is administered by your child’s class teacher and follows a similar format to daily phonics practice, so your child is likely to be unaware on the day they have been tested.

In May towards the end of Year 2, pupils sit SATs tests in reading, writing and mathematics. These tests are used to inform the final teacher assessment your child is awarded at the end of Key Stage 1 (end of Year 2).

Children in Year 2 will have opportunities throughout the year to practise similar types of tasks so that the format of the tests is familiar to them. The results of these tests are sent to the Department for Education and are reported to parents on each child’s annual report.