Subjects at KS1
In studying English the children will develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing enabling them to communicate confidently. Most children love books and stories. We aim to make reading fun and a skill they will use for information and enjoyment for the rest of their lives. All children follow a carefully balanced programme of individual reading from books of graded difficulty matched to their reading levels. During guided reading they will experience a range of more challenging texts. Children will be encouraged to take home a range of books to share with parents. Parents are asked to comment and sign a contact book. As children start to read they naturally want to write. Throughout the school and in all subjects children are encouraged to write and record what they have been learning. The children are also encouraged to speak in complete sentences and to listen both to adults and other children. These skills are not only taught in literacy sessions but throughout the whole curriculum.
Letters and Sounds
Children also follow a structured Letters and Sounds phonic scheme. This involves daily phonic teaching and activities in small teaching groups. Children learn letter sounds (and their names) and how to blend these to read and write. They are also taught “Tricky words” – words not read phonetically- but recognised as a whole word. Children may bring home words to learn to read and spell that correspond to what they have learnt at school. Please help support your child’s learning by helping them with these words.
The younger children learn mostly through practical activities. These activities will enthuse and motivate children to learn. When they are ready more formal numeracy lessons are introduced but these are always based on practical situations. Each child is expected to reach the highest standard that she or he is capable of. We want children to look on mathematics as an interesting and enjoyable tool that can be used in many situations. Children will be encouraged to learn mathematical skills in the following areas
Parental involvement in children’s learning is greatly valued. Parents will be welcome to share in their children’s mathematical learning through parent meetings explaining mathematical ideas and methods used at school.
The school’s homework policy forms part of the Home / School Agreement. At this stage we encourage parents to work with their children to help develop their child’s literacy and numeracy skills.
Horsted School follows all subjects in the National Curriculum. These are taught, wherever possible, through topics and our termly creative curriculum focus. The creative curriculum is carefully planned with a thematic approach to teaching and learning, designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity.
Children learn geography, history and science by exploring, observing and developing an awareness of things around them in the past and present. We teach and encourage understanding of the influences and impact of what they have learnt.
The creative curriculum also covers Information Communication Technology, Design Technology, art and music. In these areas children are encouraged to use their imaginative, creative and technological skills, inventing and composing models, pictures and music.
Throughout the year they are taught new methods and skills to develop their learning and ability; they are encouraged to communicate their findings through written, technological and creative evidence.
Creative learning is widely understood to be characterised by
- questioning and challenging
- making connections and seeing relationships
- envisaging what might be
- exploring ideas, keeping options open, reflecting critically on ideas, actions and outcomes
In addition to the above the KS1 curriculum includes:
Religious Education and Collective Worship
All registered pupils must, by law, take part in an act of collective worship daily and follow the agreed syllabus for Religious Education unless they are withdrawn by their parent. The school has no specific denominational affiliation. Collective Worship is predominantly Christian. Our aim is to help children to understand and respect the religious and moral values of our society and to develop a positive attitude towards other races, religions and ways of life. A prayer or reflection time forms part of this special time.
Please speak to the Headteacher if you intend to withdraw your child from these activities. Pupils who are withdrawn remain with the class teacher, teaching assistant or voluntary assistant and if appropriate, continue with current class work.
The school has two excellent halls, large playground which includes playground markings and a skills area plus a field. We promote physical activity and an awareness of a healthy lifestyle through dance, gym and games. Time is set aside every day for these physical activities. Skills are taught in a progressive manner developing physical co-ordination. During lessons an awareness of others is developed through co-operation and sharing. All children are taught how to exercise and use equipment safely.
Citizenship helps children to develop as members of school, local, regional, national and global communities. It is concerned with issues such as right and wrong, rights and responsibilities, fairness, conflict and cooperation. Our aim is to promote behaviour patterns that will prepare children to live in a diverse society. Children are taught to play together and to work as part of a team. Circle time is used to discuss class and personal issues. Through our School Council children learn to respect the views of others and make decisions which will impact on the whole school.
Through our Green Team, children learn to reduce, reuse and recycle. Caring for our world is important. We also provide learning experiences that promote health education. The school has achieved National Healthy Schools status and the Green Flag Award for environmental development.