The KS1 Department is a lively and active learning environment where the children can work on both an individual and group basis.
Pupils continue to make good progress through both Key Stages 1 and 2
OSTED NOV 2011
The core subjects of English, Mathematics RE and Science are given most teaching time.
In addition, we teach the following Foundation Stage subjects as part of the New National Curricuum:
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
Our Key Stage 1 Department has always given the highest priority to the teaching of reading. We use the Read, Write INC. scheme along with‚ Oxford Reading Tree. Children read and practise phonics, handwriting and spellings every day in KS1.
Children are encouraged to make maximum use of home-reader materials.
Mathematics is taught through the Assertive Mentoring. This involved a daily Maths lesson which starts with a basis on mental Maths skills. In KS1 the Daily Maths lesson length is about one hour per day. When children are working towards level 2 in maths they will access ‘Big Maths’ lesson which takes place on a Monday afternoon between 1.30 and 2.30pm. They children are taught in small groups.
Assertive Mentoring is an approach that involves the children doing far more Mathematical thinking‚ than in previous times. They respond to teachers questions with verbal answers and often‚ show me‚ responses written on small white boards etc. They complete a basic maths skills test every week and in Big Maths on a Monday afternoon children consolidate strategies for questions within that test to aid them to improve their score the following week.
The children then have a end of half term test and groups are re-set.
Teachers have a variety of materials available to them. We aim to enable the children to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding through a combination of practical work, reasoning and using materials. Attention is drawn to using mathematics in the solution of real-life situations.
‘Come and See’, the Religious Education Programme for Primary Schools, is used as the basis for our RE teaching. The aim of this programme is to explore the religious dimension of questions about life, dignity and purpose within the Catholic tradition. Links are made with children’s own experiences.
Class prayers, assemblies and Masses form a very important part of the moral and spiritual development of the children. Other services, such as carol services etc. are held throughout the year. Parents and members of the local and parish community are invited to join us at these times.
Our most recent RE Inspection took place in February 2012;
‘This is a good an improving school in providing Catholic Education .There is a clear vision for Catholic education which is embraced by the whole school community. This endures that the catholic values of love, care, respect, justice and mutual respect permeate every aspect of school life and every individual’s uniqueness is celebrated.’
Science: The children’s scientific development includes finding out about themselves, how they grow, feed, move and use their senses. Science in the KS1 classroom is very much interwoven into a variety of activities, helping the children to make sense of the world around them.
The overall aim is to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum with which to promote the mental and physical development of every child. Close links with parents are encouraged, staff are always willing to meet parents to discuss any problems and successes.
We have a range of networked and stand alone computers available in school. They are organised so that larger numbers of children can work together at the same time, or so that a small group from a large number of classes can work simultaneously. Computers are used in all areas of the curriculum.
The computers have a range of software to help develop different areas of the curriculum, including the industry standard suite of Office Software.
This is an integral part of our classrooms from Nursery to KS2 Interactive Whiteboards: All classrooms in our school now benefit from Interactive Whiteboards. These greatly improve the teaching experience for teachers and children alike. The children interact with vibrant teaching experiences that staff can download from the internet to create more vibrant experiences – which helps the children learn more efficiently. This demonstrates our commitment to 21st Century teaching techniques and equipment.