During Years 1 and 2 children follow the National Curriculum guidance for Key Stage 1. Our Key Stage 1 staff and those in the Foundation Stage, have devised a curriculum map to ensure that every child has a broad and balanced curriculum which includes a wide range of experiences. This is then supplemented with subject planning, weekly and daily plans, all freely available in class. This enables the child to make the optimum progress and to develop skills of independent learning as well as the ability to relate well to others and work collaboratively on all tasks.
The school has four times been awarded the Quality Mark of the Basic Skills Agency for the quality of our teaching in English and Maths and in addition to wanting all our children to have excellent basic skills, we also provide excellent experiences in all areas of learning across the curriculum. Sex and Relationships education is taught within the context of our thematic work or as part of our Personal Social and Health Education and Science curriculum. Religious Education is taught in school using Shropshire’s Agreed Syllabus and we have assemblies including an act of worship every day. If you do not wish your child to take part in these activities you may write to the Head teacher asking for your child to be withdrawn. If you wish to know in more detail what children will be learning, weekly plans are available on request.
Every class in school has a qualified and experienced teaching assistant as well as a teacher. These teaching assistants are a vital part of our learning community and work with groups of children alongside the teacher to support teaching and learning. During the morning in Key Stage 1 the Teaching Assistants work as a team in our 'Reading Circuits' to support all classes. This means that all children are heard read in school by an adult at least 4 times each week.
Daily reading with adult support
All staff in school have very high expectations of the children in their care – both in terms of their academic progress and of their behaviour. Our end of Key Stage SAT results show that children make very good progress during their time in school. Despite having many children who begin nursery well below national averages, our results by the end of the Key Stage 1 are now well above the national average.