Key Stage 1

Welcome to Key Stage 1. This is an exciting time for children as they embark on their educational journey into Primary school. During this crucial phase, children aged 5 to 7 years old continue to build on the foundations from their Early Years education supporting their academic and personal growth. Students are introduced to the National Curriculum and the International Primary Curriculum. This integrated approach allows subjects such as Science, History, Art and Geography to be taught through inspiring topics allowing for greater understanding,cultivating connections between subjects and areas of knowledge.

At the heart of KS1 education lies an emphasis on fostering curiosity, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning. Teachers, and our wonderful team of teaching assistants, create stimulating indoor and outside learning environments where children feel safe to explore, experiment, and ask questions. They encourage critical thinking and problem-solving skills, empowering children to become independent learners.

Effective KS1 education thrives on collaboration between teachers and parents. Open communication and shared goals can significantly enhance a child's learning experience and overall development. We work together to support the child's learning and address any challenges that may arise.

Year 1

Through a mix of play-based learning and structured lessons, Year 1 sets the stage for a well-rounded education, further instilling a love for learning. Students continue to learn to read and write, building a strong foundation for future academic success. Learning goes beyond academics as children build positive friendships and learn to collaborate, strengthening their social and emotional skills through cooperative learning and interaction with peers.

We have an extensive outdoor learning area with direct access from the Year 1 classrooms, providing continuous provision that enables children to learn skills that will challenge their thinking and help them to embed concepts. It also provides the context for a variety of learning conversations between children and adults with rich opportunities for modelling and extending speech and vocabulary. It is within this learning environment that the children will also develop key learning attributes, our philosophy is based on the belief that children learn best when they are active participants in their own learning.

Year 2

Year 2 is an exciting chapter in a child’s educational journey, brimming with opportunities to expand children’s knowledge, enhance their skills, and cultivate a passion for learning. Students will master phonics enabling them to read with fluency and accuracy, unlocking a world of stories and knowledge. They will enhance their mathematical skills with fractions, decimals, and mental arithmetic and explore the wonders of science through hands-on experiments. Students unleash their creativity in art, music, and drama, where imagination knows no bounds whilst nurturing social and emotional skills through cooperative learning, self-regulation, and respect for others.

Key Stage 2

Welcome to Key Stage 2, where students from Years 3 - 6 embark on the final stage of their primary education. As this key stage is relatively large, it is often partitioned and referred to as Lower Key Stage 2 (LKS2), consisting of Year 3 and 4 and Upper Key Stage 2 (UKS2) including Year 5 and 6 students. Within this key stage we have passionate team of teachers and teaching assstants who work collaboratively to support and encourage each student to strive to reach their potential.

Each phase within the primary school helps students to prepare for their next academic and social challenge. This is no exception for KS2. Children in LKS2 continue to build on the foundations they established in KS1, developing their knowledge and skills across our broad and balanced curriculum and striving for more academic and interpersonal independence.

Once students reach UKS2 the aim is to prepare children for their transition to secondary school. By combining our exciting literacy curriculum, challenging White Rose Maths approach and the thematic and innovative International Primary Curriculum, we provide our KS2 students with a comprehensive and enriching educational experience that prepares them for further learning and success in their future academic career.

The Eco committee and pupil voice in KS2 are essential components that allow students to actively participate in decision-making processes within our school community. Children from Year 2 upwards participate in a democratic process in which student’s apply for, and are voted onto the committees. These opportunities allow students to foster environmental awareness, encouraging responsibility for sustainable practices. Our pupil voice initiatives promote a sense of ownership and collaboration, helping students develop crucial communication and leadership skills as they contribute to shaping their learning environment.

For students in Year 6 we also offer a variety of leadership roles to promote hands-on leadership skills and allow the children to have a specific responsibility for an area within the school. These areas include the Charity committee, Play Leaders, Library Monitors, and House Representatives. During the application process, we work closely with the secondary school leaders in Year 12 who interview the Year 6 candidates for the positions before selecting the successful applicants.