Key Stage 1 (KS1)

Key Stage 1 (KS1) comprises Year 1 and Year 2.

At Nether Alderley Primary School, there are two mixed-age classes in the infants. Class 1 which is mixed-age reception and year 1 and Class 2 which is mixed-age year 1 and year 2.

Our KS1 team

Our team consists of Ms Gilmour and teaching assistant Ms Rossetti. We are also very lucky to have specialist subject teaching support from Mr Draper (PE) and Mrs Norman (music).


KS1 curriculum 

In KS1 children move from the child-initiated approach of the EYFS to more structured learning. However, that doesn't mean there's no fun! We incorporate active learning and a range of activities into our everyday lessons. For the Year 1 children, we carefully manage the transition from the EYFS to incorporate some of the elements of learning that they've been used to in Class 1, for example providing some time for 'choosing'.

Our KS1 curriculum uses a cross-curricular topic approach with termly themes like 'On the move!' The topics link learning from different subjects to the the theme. Not only does this make learning more meaningful for the children, it's also exciting for the staff to be able to build in a wide range of activities and experiences. We have a two-year cycle for our topics to make sure we cover the national curriculum in full. When we can, we link English and maths lessons to the theme but Year 1 and Year 2 children will often work on different, but related, tasks in order to access learning that is appropriate to their age.

At Nether Alderley we strive to maintain a rich and varied curriculum that extends beyond the mandatory requirements.   For instance, KS1 children take a full part in our Thursday clubs afternoons. 



For KS1 children, reading is a key skill. At this age, we recommend reading at home four to five times a week, with each session being for no more than 10 minutes long. This gives children lots of opportunities to apply the phonics and other reading skills that are essential foundations for a lifelong love of reading. We use the Oxford Reading Tree as the spine for our reading books in school and all the books are colour banded according to this. By the end of year 1 most pupils will be reading at Orange or Turquoise level. By the end of year 2 most pupils will be reading at Lime level.

 For more information about reading at Nether Alderely, please click here.

Children also take home phonics or spelling homework. Depending on their stage, this will usually consist of words to read or spell. 

We will also set mathletics homework for pupils linked to the area of learning they have been doing in class.

Parents may find the knowledge organisers in the maths section of the website a useful tool for seeing our methods of teaching and key vocabulary:



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