Key Stage One
At the end of the Foundation Stage the pupils enter Key Stage One. Key Stage One is a two year phase, covering the age range 5 – 7 years.
There are three classes in both year groups. Each year group has its own base, where classes surround a well-equipped and spacious shared activity area.
Class size does not exceed 22, where possible. Teaching assistants support the class teachers in the delivery of the curriculum and specialist teachers deliver the programmes for Computing, Arabic, Music, Library and PE.
The learning environments are well resourced and maintained providing the pupils with a range of multi sensory activities. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards or TVs to support the children's learning. Display is valued and celebrates the children's work across all curriculum areas.
The pupils have a dedicated play area featuring a range of high quality climbing equipment, a fall safe surface and a range of other activities that keep them fully occupied at break time. As well as the playground the staff provide a range of changing outdoor activities such as quiet reading areas, mark making and dressing up. Specialist teaching spaces for ICT, Arabic, Library, Music and PE complete the facilities.
There are two breaks during the school day. During the break times the children get the opportunity to play and to eat their packed lunch.
A smooth transition takes place between Foundation and Key Stage One. The structure of the curriculum is as follows – English, Mathematics, Science, Arabic, Islamic Studies (for Muslim pupils) are the core subjects in addition to the foundation of subjects such as Geography, Design Technology, PSHE and Art.
Subject specialists deliver Computing, French, Music and Physical Education programmes. Links across the curriculum are made wherever possible and all activities are planned and delivered to maximise first-hand experience and respond to differing learning styles. Role play continues to be used as a way of developing expressive language skills; role play areas change regularly in classrooms and central areas.
Wherever possible children are taken out of school for activities that support and enrich the curriculum. For example, the Year One pupils may visit a local science museum where they get the opportunity to engage in many ‘hands on’ practical activities. Year Two pupils may visit a local desert wildlife park as part of their study of animals in the local environment. Parents are invited into school to see an annual production. The children have great fun preparing for this through songs, actions, dancing and some speaking parts.
Similarly, visitors with special skills and experience are invited into class to further enrich the curriculum