Going into Key Stage 1
Before Year 1
Most children will have been to nursery and so will be familiar with a daily routine of being left within a setting and having a daily routine, such as carpet or circle time.
The Early Years Foundation (EYFS) curriculum is followed by all nurseries. It is based on getting children to become socially adaptive and to develop their general social skills. By the time they leave their nursery setting, most children should know their numbers to 20 and be able to recognise their name and put together a coherent sentence.
The main differences between nursery and year 1 generally revolve around the changes in routine in terms of how and what the children are taught.
It is important to note that whilst it is not compulsory for children to attend nursery, it is the law that they must attend school from their 5th birthday.
In Year 1 children are introduced to a more formal learning environment. How quickly the teacher introduces this will depend on your child’s school policy. Some schools will only take 2 weeks to transition, whilst others may take the first half of the first term.
The school’s focus will be to get each child up to at least the government set and expected levels as smoothly and as quickly as possible. So the school’s policy about the introduction of formal learning will depend on how they see themselves achieving that result quickly and painlessly.
The focus will be on the 3 R’s and science.
In English, the focus will be on phonics and getting children to consolidate their learning and build on being able to read more fluently. Children will also be taught poems to recite and be able to write sentences using capital letters and full stops.
In maths, the focus will be on getting children to count to and from 100, learn basic multiplication and division, learn 2D and 3D shapes and to tell the time.
With science, the focus will be on 4 major topics:
- Everyday materials
At Redbridge Tuition our experienced tutors work with young children of all abilities and help them transition into the more formal learning methods through guided as well as heuristic teaching techniques, with great results over the years.
Children will have a phonics screening test at the end of year 1.
Currently, at the end of year 2, children are expected to sit their KS1 SATS tests, with the final scores are based on teacher assessments along with the test results.
The current government has announced that the KS1 SATS will be scrapped from 2020.
In year 2 your child will be expected to work a lot more independently. Greater emphasis will be placed on grammar and there will be greater emphasis on formalising the teaching of maths. With the new 2014 National Curriculum, there is a much greater emphasis on mathematical reasoning skills, even from this young age. So, for example, children will need to be able to understand that 2 times 3 is the same as 3 times 2 but that 5 subtract 1 is not the same as 1 subtract 5. All of this involves an understanding of how numbers work.
In English, there is a greater emphasis on writing, especially on the consistency of letter formation as well as joined-up writing. The specific areas that are focused on are:
- Speaking and listening
- Children will learn to write for a range of purposes including stories, poetry and real events.
By the end of Key Stage 1 children’s achievement (based on teacher assessments) in English reading, English writing, mathematics and science will be submitted by the school to DofE.
For those children who were not at least working towards their phonics test will be screened in year 2.
For further information, please contact us. We will be happy to discuss your particular requirements and answer any questions you may have or book you in with one of Redbridge Tuition’s highly experienced KS1 tutors.