Key stage 1 children (year 1 & 2) are taught from the 2014 national curriculum. EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) are taught from the EYFS development matters. All classes have the same over arching theme each term but take the learning in the direction of the children's interests (please see the long term plan below).
We have introduced a new assessment system in key stage 1. We track the children using a target mat system.The children have a target mat for Reading, Writing and Maths which is suited to their academic ability. The children are reviewed on a regular basis and they progress through the different mats at their own pace.
Our assessment system:
- Is child friendly
- Identifies when children are falling behind
- Helps shape the curriculum and teaching
- Provides information to share with parents
- Tracks progress across EYFS and key stage 1
- Avoids making meaningless sub divisions
We teach much of the curriculum through Project Based Learning (PBL). In project based learning, children go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem, or challenge. While allowing for some degree of child 'voice and choice,' rigorous projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help children learn key academic content, practice 21st Century Skills (such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking), and create high-quality, authentic products and presentations.
We also teach children through an immersive learning environment. This places learners in a multi-sensory stimulated environment which they can experience as if it were real! Learners' engagement and inspiration are secured by the contextual nature of the learning.
Challenge based learning is a teaching approach that we use to raise engagement and accelerate progress. It enables our children to take ownership of their learning. This approach also provides a real purpose for learning, engaging the children by providing a stimulus for child-led problem solving.