KEY STAGE ONE
(Years 1 and 2)
At DBS Wakra we recognise that Key Stage 1 is a crucial stage of development for children as they transition from a play based style of learning to a more structured environment.
In Key Stage 1 children will learn to consolidate their phonetics skills in order to have strong foundations in both reading and writing, the key to so much more. In addition to this they will develop their understanding of taught spelling patterns, grammar and punctuation. Children will learn confidence in number through concrete, pictorial and abstract methods of teaching and increase their understanding of the world through our knowledge based curriculum. As teachers we provide children with memorable, fun, engaging and exciting learning opportunities at all times.
“What we learn with pleasure, we never forget.”
Pupils spend a majority of their day with the class teacher covering core subjects such as English, Maths, IT and Science. Subjects including Physical Education (PE), Music and Languages
(Arabic and Spanish) are taught by subject specialists.
ASSESSMENT AND REPORTING IN KS1
Assessment in lower primary takes place through a combination of formative and summative assessment. Teachers will carry out ongoing assessments through quizzes, weekly spelling tests, end of unit maths and English tests. Teachers use this on-going process to build a complete picture of what children know and are able to do well and where they need to go next. This progress is carefully tracked and monitored to ensure all children are receiving the support or challenge they need.
We provide our parents with curriculum overviews and knowledge organisers that can be used for on-going practice and review.
The phonics screening test is carried out at the end of Year 1 and a SPAG test (spelling, grammar and punctuation) is carried out at the end of Year 2.
Standardised testing in English and Maths takes place at the end of the academic year. These standardised tests produced by GL Assessment are externally marked and provide valuable attainment and progress data. Attainment and progress are reported to parents in termly interim reports and a full end of year report.