Key Stage 1 (5-7 Years)
Key Stage I - Upper Kindergarten and Transition
Year 1 and Year 2
The transition to Key Stage 1 from the Foundation Stage aims to build on prior learning, acquiring a wealth of new skills and developing each child's self confidence to help them reach their full potential.
We follow the National Curriculum in Literacy and Maths and the International Primary Curriculum which offers a broad and balanced range of subjects, in addition to giving the children a strong foundation in the core academic areas. We cater for differences in abilities, use with extension work to stretch the more able and supportive teaching to help pupils with any special needs. All classes have daily thinking skills sessions which help develop creative and critical thinking skills.
As the children gain confidence they are encouraged to develop independence and a sense of responsibility within the support of a caring and nurturing school community. They are well prepared, both academically and emotionally, to move on to meet new challenges in Key Stage 2, either at Goodwyn or for 7+ entry to other prep schools.
Continuous assessment for learning through the year ensures progress and effort is sustained. Annual tests are administered in English, Mathematics and Verbal Reasoning. Each term there is an opportunity to talk to the class teacher and this is followed by written reports that are sent to parents. Our open door policy means teachers are available to discuss any child’s progress outside of these organised times.