Key Stage 1
At age 5 children move up into Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2).
Children are taught Phonics on a daily basis; we carry out phonic screening and assessment throughout the year. Our focus is on the reading and spelling of Year 1 and 2 high frequency words, on which progress is assessed termly. Through English we explore fiction and non-fiction texts, using interesting and exciting activities to investigate story structure and language and lay the foundations for punctuation. This is then applied to more formal writing activities. Where possible English lessons are linked to our topic subject area.
Children have an hour long maths session daily. Focus is on number bonds, addition, subtraction, place value and shape and measure. Learning revolves around practical activities which allow our children to explore number and related concepts in order to make discoveries for themselves. Through practical investigation we also introduce multiplication and division.
Topic is taught on a two year rolling programme with both year groups combined. Over this period we learn about The Great Fire of London, Florence Nightingale, Toys from the past and present, the Seaside past and present, Homes around the World and Life on an Island. Art and DT is used to explore a range of media and gain important skills creating pieces of work linked to our Topic subject area.
PE is taken by a specialist teacher, either in the indoor hall, on the outdoor courts or on the field, depending on the skills/sport being taught. The children take part in numerous sports events throughout the year and we hold our own sports afternoon at year end.
In addition to those subjects outlined, Farrowdale children are encouraged to develop their individual talents. With this in mind, school productions take place twice a year at Christmas and in the summer, which all children taking part. Some children get to explore their dramatic talents whilst others showcase their singing ability by performing a solo or duet. There is also an evening talent show, which always sees a packed house. Children last year demonstrated their Karate skills, became stand-up comedians, performed dance routines or sang a solo to name only a few of the acts taking part. All children also learn a dance to perform in front of parents at the Summer Ball.
Children throughout key stage 1 are for the most part expected to complete regular homework. This is usually used as an opportunity to consolidate learning from the previous week rather than to introduce new concepts.
We are mindful of keeping parents up-to-date with school life. Therefore teachers send out a half-termly overview outlining news, events and topics to be studied, as well as a weekly overview detailing learning from the previous week. There are also twice yearly written reports and formal parents’ evenings. Parents are; of course, welcome into school to chat with their child’s teacher at any time throughout the year.
Mrs LeachTeacher and Parent
When I started working at Farrowdale House I realised what a wonderful school it is. I appreciated the traditional values and family feel of the school and I knew immediately I wanted my own children to come here. My son loves Farrowdale; he is happy, confident and has come on in leaps and bounds since he started.