Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
At Christ Church (Church of England) Infant School and Nursery we ensure children receive a broad and balanced curriculum to provide learning that is relevant, exciting, aspirational and challenging. We are committed to meeting the requirements of the Primary National Curriculum and consider the starting points of all learners. We have high expectations for education and care and aim for each child to fully achieve his/her full potential in a caring, supportive and positive environment. We aim to provide our children with the skills and knowledge required for lifelong learning allowing our children to grow and learn together with God by their side.
The Primary National Curriculum highlights English (Reading & Writing), Maths, Science and Computing as core subjects with History, Geography, PE, Art, Music and DT identified as foundation subjects (requiring lesser emphasis but still taught as part of a broad and balanced curriculum). Teaching of foundation subjects may be encompassed in a 'topic' to engage pupils whilst extending their knowledge beyond isolated subject lessons, facilitating application and the transferring of skills. Parents will be informed of the new topic on a half-termly basis to encourage home study. Christ Church also places emphasis on the teaching of Religious Education and the well-being of pupils with Personal, Social, Health and Emotional education (PSHEe) being taught throughout the school.
KS1 Curriculum Topics
Phonics in Key Stage 1
Phonics is the knowledge of letters and sounds they make. At Christ Church Infant School and Nursery phonics is taught through the Read Write Inc programme. Phonics is taught in ability groups across the school. The pupils receive 35 minutes of focused phonics teaching Monday-Thursday inclusive. The Read Write Inc Phonics programme supports children to read accurately and fluently with good comprehension.
Reading in Key Stage 1
As stated above, Christ Church Infant School and Nursery uses Read Write Inc as its primary scheme for the teaching of reading. A wide range of additional resources are also used to provide stimulating and appropriate reading material for all children. We strive to use a wide and varied range of book genres to excite, engage and inspire our children to have a lifelong love of reading.
All classes enjoy story time sessions at least twice a week. We believe story time is an important aspect of the curriculum to allow children to experience and interact with high quality texts. These sessions help to provide exposure to rich vocabulary and enable adults to model fluent and expressive reading.
Once the children have completed the Read Write Inc Phonics programme, they progress into a reading skills session focussing on the development of key skills.
During these sessions the children will use and apply their knowledge of the reading dogs:
Vocabulary Victor- Victor looks at the words the authors choose in the book.
Rex Retriever- Rex will help retrieve facts from a text.
Predicting Pip- Pip tries to look into the future to see what might happen next.
Sequencing Suki- Suki likes everything in order, she helps to sequence a story.
Inference Iggy- Iggy hunts for clues in a text to tell you how someone might be feeling or why something happens.
In addition, staff use high quality texts, both fiction and non-fiction, to support their daily English sessions. This allows children to explore key texts in depth, reflecting on what they have read and the language and punctuation choices made by the author.