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, Great Britain, 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 the class teacher, either in the indoor hall, on the outdoor playground 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 a 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 is one yearly written report and three formal parents’ evenings. Parents are; of course, welcome into school to chat with their child’s teacher at any time throughout the year.
Since my son joined Farrowdale he has gone from strength to strength. He is happy, more relaxed and his confidence has grown immensely. He now enjoys going to school and the small classes suit him well. The standard of teaching is excellent and the interaction between staff and children is a joy to see. We are so glad we chose Farrowdale.
Farrowdale is a friendly place where you have friends throughout the school not just in your class. When you arrive to school you are happy every day.
I would highly recommend Farrowdale House school. I've seen my son progress at an amazing rate not only academically but also socially. I would probably describe the school as a big happy family, all the children really look out for one another, they have lovely manners, dress smartly and show fantastic support for each other. This is down to the hard work the teachers put in and the way the school is ran.