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Key Stage 1 - Blue Base

In keystage 1 we teach each child as a whole, individual learner. We provide activities and experiences to support all learning styles and encourage children to explore different ways of learning.  On Blue base children are constantly challenged to challenge themselves, in their learning, skills and thinking. Philosophy and developing thinking and rationalising are threads that run through all our lessons. We work with families and carers, offering workshops to help them support their children at home and value the support families’ offer.

In keystage 1 there are 3 classes, referred to as Blue Base.

Children are inspired to become motivated, independent learners through a series of topic based units which engage the children in a series of exciting learning opportunities. Children are encouraged to ask questions and challenge themselves in their learning. Staff respond to the interests of the children planning activities to stimulate the children’s curiosity and supporting them to develop their attitudes, skills and knowledge.

Forest Schools

In year 1 all children take part in a forest schools project.  The project will usually consist of a series of 6, half day visits to our local woodland. Through forest schools children are encouraged to recognise their own abilities and strengths, and to challenge themselves to adversity. Children learn about the world in which we live, developing a respect for our natural environment. They learn to adapt and solve problems, developing imagination and social skills. The attitudes, skills and knowledge the children learn in the woods are brought into the classroom and provide a practical scaffold for our children’s academic learning.

National Tests for Year 1 and Year 2

During keystage 1 all children will take part in a daily phonics lesson. Children are grouped based on their individual needs. All children take the National Phonics screening test in the summer of year 1; these tests are used by staff to assess the next learning steps for the children.

At the end of year 2 all children take the national SATs test. These are a celebration of the children’s learning to date. Staff continually assess children’s learning in order to plan lessons to maximise the individual’s potential which is shown as continual progressive learning curve leading to the end of year 2 test.

phonics

 There is a clip here to show you the pure phonic sounds we use in school and other helpful support for parents.

www.ruthmiskin.com

www.phonicplay.co.uk

The main reading scheme used in Blue Base is Oxford Reading Tree but we use many supplementary schemes and 'real' reading books to give our children a variety of reading opportunities to promote a love of books.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/