KS1

Welcome to key stage1 Phase.  My name is Mrs Cooper and I am Phase Leader, as well as being class teacher for Jackdaws in Year 2.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about Years 1 and 2 or if there are any issues that your child’s class teacher is unable to help you with.  My email address is laracooper@palmbay.org.uk.

There are 4 classes in key stage1 phase, as follows:

Year 1: 
Sparrows – Miss Foster
Woodpeckers – Miss Ashby

Year 2: 
Jackdaws – Mrs. Cooper & Mrs. Tong
Wrens – Mrs. Bootes

At Palm Bay we believe that having small phases helps children feel nurtured and belong to a group that is wider than just their class.  We have playtimes together and have a weekly Phase assembly in mixed groups, to help the children make friends in all 4 classes and to make sure that all the adults get to know all 120 children.  Our Phase assemblies cover all sorts of topics including friendships, growth mindset, targets, perseverance, managing anger and conflict, as well as learning about current affairs.  Year 1 and 2 also pair up regularly for paired reading so that a year 1 child and a year 2 child can share a book together.

Below are some PDF documents with important information, the LKS2 curriculum and a sample of our timetable:

KS1-important-information

KS1-curriculum-overview

KS1-sample-timetable

A day in the life of Key Stage 1:

Year 1 and 2 order their days in a slightly different order from one another but each day the children take part in the following activities.

8.45 – 9.05 – Children come in and organise themselves for their day. The teachers usually have calming music playing and the children are expected to come in and read the board to find out what to do. Their classroom is set up with an early morning work activity that is either re-visiting or improving previous learning and adults are available to support with this. Some children may also have some quality 1-1 time with an adult to read.

9.05-9.15 Handwriting. We believe that presentation is extremely important so the children practise their cursive handwriting daily.

9.15-10.15  Maths – this session is aimed at challenging children appropriately and maintaining high levels of enthusiasm. Lessons are differentiated according to their ability and are always encouraged to apply their skills in problem solving and real-life situations.

10.15 – 10.30 – Playtime – year 1 and 2 children have access to the field, the outdoor classroom, the small playground, tyres and trim trail and main climbing apparatus.

10.30-11 – Maths meeting – this is a fun mental/oral numeracy session with lots of songs, that covers important concepts such as calendar, time, shape and money.

11-12 Read Write Inc. This is the phonics and reading programme at Palm Bay. At the start of the week, the children will practice their sounds, and they words that they will come across in the story that they will focus on for the week. At the end of the week the children will do some writing based around the story they have read.

12.00 – 1.00 – Lunch – children all eat together in the hall and then go back out to their field. The midday meals supervisors set up activities for the children to do.

1.00 – 2.00 – Creative topic – the children spend most afternoons working on their topic, except for days when they have computing or PE. Their topic work has either a science, geography, history or art focus and is all linked to the theme of the term.

2-2.10 Playtime

2.10 – 3.00 – Continuation of topic

We usually finish the day with a story , a phase assembly or paired reading with a child from another KS1 class.