Key Stage 1
The ethos of the school places appropriate emphasis on high expectations for education and care. We aim for each child to fully achieve his/her full potential in a supportive and positive environment. The policy of the school is to provide an education that is broad and balanced and encourages the development of the whole child.
The New Curriculum
In this section we aim to highlight to you the changes which have happened now that the old National Curriculum has been replaced by the new Primary Curriculum from 1st September 2014. This means that the children will no longer be given levels (such as Level 2b) at the end of Year 2.
A new approach to formally assessing the children against age related expectations has being introduced that provides us with a monitoring and assessment system that clearly informs us of the specific skills and knowledge that the children need to develop in order to achieve that years age related expectations. Outcomes of assessments are reported to parents at the end of the summer term in their written reports.
Children who are in both Year 1 and Year 2, will continue to study and be assessed in English (Reading, Writing and Speaking & Listening), Maths and Science. They will have End of Key stage assessments in the summer term 2015 based on the programmes of study. An assessment information meeting for parents of year 2 children will be held in the spring term 2016.
If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Potter – Deputy Head Teacher
Teaching & Learning
For Years 1 and 2 teaching is based on the National Curriculum. English (Reading & Writing), Maths, Science, Computing and RE are identified by the Government as core subjects with History, Geography, PE, Art, Music and DT identified as foundation subjects (requiring lesser emphasis but still taught as part of a broad and balance curriculum). Teaching of foundation subjects may be encompassed in a 'topic'. This will be informed to parents on a half-termly basis to encourage home study. Our half termly curriculum newsletters can be found at the bottom of this page. We also have a school lending library. The children have a weekly session when they are encouraged to return and change their library books. Christ Church also places emphasis on the well-being of pupils with Personal, Social, Health and Emotional education (PSHE) being taught throughout the school (often as part of 'circle time').
Reading in Key Stage 1
The school uses Oxford Reading Tree as its primary scheme for the teaching of reading. A wide range of additional resources are also used to provide stimulating and appropriate reading material. We strive to use a wide and varied range of book genres to excite, engage and inspire our children to have a life long love of reading. Direct teaching of reading skills with small groups is done on a daily basis as well as whole class reading of a 'big book'. Supplementary books are sent home for parents to support their child's reading. These are changed twice a week. We very much welcome comments from parents about their child's reading in a reading diary. All the children also have a weekly opportunity to visit our school library and take home a library book of their choice.
Phonics in Key Stage 1
Phonics is the knowledge of letters and sounds they make. At Christ Church Infant School & Nursery phonics is taught through the Letters and Sounds programme. The children are taught the skills of blending sounds together to read words and segmenting the sounds in a word and choosing the correct letters needed to spell it. In Key Stage 1 phonics is taught in three ability groups across each year group. The children will work on the Letters and Sounds programme from phases 1 - 6 depending on assessment information. Differentiated work will then be set during the week to support the phase the children are working at. Our weekly spellings also run alongside our phonics teaching. The pupils receive 15-20 minutes focused phonics teaching each day.
Our classes in Years 1 and 2 benefit from TA support on a timetabled basis.
We make full use of our outdoor environment at school for both formal and informal learning opportunities. This includes an adventure trail, den, benches and class gardens.
Children participate in at least 2 hours of physical activity per week. This will include individual and team games, dance and gymnastics and lunchtime activities. Through our teaching of PE we aim to promote a healthy lifestyle and positive attitudes to sport. We aim to develop coordination and control skills and give the children the opportunity for self-expression. All children take part in an Annual Sports Day. We celebrate a variety of sporting achievements (in and out of school) in one of our weekly assemblies.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Development
At Christ Church (Church of England) Infant School and Nursery we believe that the social, moral, spiritual and cultural development of our pupils should be at the heart of what we do. We believe that spiritual and moral development is about personal development in its fullest sense and that it is intertwined with the social and cultural background and experiences of our children.
Our aim is to ensure that the SMSC development of all our pupils is achieved through the following areas of school life:
Throughout the school relationships are open and consistent and we always strive to create a lively, happy environment which is welcoming to both children and parents.
Pupils need to have an understanding of local cultures and traditions as well as a variety of shared cultures that exist within the community. Visits and visitors may provide first hand experiences to extend cultural knowledge.
At Christ Church (Church of England) Infant School and Nursery we are aware of our local and wider communities and our duty to help others. We are committed to supporting both local and world-wide charities through a range of fund raising activities.
We encourage parents, governors and the clergy to take an active part in school life to emphasise that pupil development is a shared concern and to foster positive relationships and role models.
Through both worship and RE teaching we aim to provide an education based on Christian beliefs and attitudes whilst also developing knowledge, understanding and respect for other religions. Stories from Christianity and other religions feature in our assemblies as well as moral issues such as pollution, disability, prejudice and cruelty.
A daily act of collective Christian worship provides an opportunity for peace and reflection. We hope to develop in our children a sense of God, awe and wonder, responsibility, spirituality, thankfulness, community, empathy and achievement.
Parents have the right to ask for their child to be withdrawn from the act of worship.
Members of Christ Church lead worship in school on a weekly basis. The Headteacher, teachers and children also lead worship. Parents are most welcome to join us – please contact the school for more details. Worship starts at 10.15 (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). However it is usually advisable to check timings on the day in case of unforeseen timetable changes. Children will verbally invite parents to class worship and there will also be a letter home when they are specifically involved.
Our Tuesday worship takes place in the classroom. A birthday and certificates assembly takes place at 10.15. An Achievement Assembly is held on the last day of every half-term (again starting at 10.15). Children are nominated to receive a 'golden book' or a certificate and parents/family members are invited by letter.
Pupils lead Easter and Leavers' services in church.
Sex & Relationships Education
There is no formal sex education within the curriculum at Key Stage 1. Should the subject arise informally it will be dealt with professionally and sensitively through our PSHE Curriculum (Personal, Social and Health Education).
All children are encouraged to take home their reading books daily. We request that parents read with their child on a regular basis and record this in the reading diary sent with the reading book. Children in Years 1 and 2 will also have weekly spellings to learn. Teachers will occasionally set special homework (information seeking etc) related to the current topic. From Spring 2016 Years 1 & 2 will receive a maths homework topic for them to investigate at home. Each half term the children will be given a different maths topic with three differentiated learning objectives. We will also include ICT applications to help support the learning at home. Copies of these homework sheets can be found below.
It is school policy that pupil workbooks are not sent home at the end of the academic year as these remain the property of the school. However, samples of the children's work are sent home on a regular basis.
Teacher assessment is continuous throughout Key Stage 1. Progress will be assessed and evaluated through observation, verbal questioning, pupils work and informal testing where appropriate.
In Year 2 teacher assessments are carried out throughout the year and the new national tests will be used to help support and confirm teacher judgments in the summer term. Outcomes of asseesments will be reported to parents at the end of the summer term in their writen report. Last years final Teacher Assessments for Year 2 can be found below.
Parent Consultations/Annual Reports/Open Days
Parent consultations to discuss your child's progress are usually held in the autumn and spring terms. A further opportunity for consultation is available at the end of the summer term (if required) to follow up the annual written report. Children will receive a written report towards the end of the summer term detailing their achievemnts and progress in all of the curriculum areas. Open days are usually held in the summer term to enable parents to observe their child in their normal working environment.
British Values Statement
The Department for Education has introduced a statutory duty for schools to promote British Values more actively from September 2014, and to ensure they are taught in schools. Below you will find the British Values Statement for Christ Church (Church of England) Infant and Nursery School.
You may have a concern that you wish to discuss with your child's teacher at the earliest opportunity. Urgent issues at the beginning of the school day should be referred to the Headteacher. Class teachers are usually available at the end of the school day. You may of course prefer to make an appointment, this can be done through the School Administrator.
Please find below our half termly newsletters giving you information about what the children will be learning about in each curriculum area.