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Key Stage 1



We ensure that our students gain a solid foundation in basic maths. Learning concepts such as whole numbers, place values and counting students develop confidence and mental fluency. We guide their understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. Working on their counting, reading, writing, number ordering to 100 and beyond students develop abilities to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Gradually we move onto more complex maths and problem solving using a range of measures to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money. Continued practice at an early age will reinforce and aid fluency. We encourage students to read and spell mathematical vocabulary, to prepare them for a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge needed for key stage 2.



We build on knowledge students have already learnt in their early years encouraging them to sound and blend unfamiliar printed words quickly and accurately using their phonic knowledge and skills. These learnt sounds help students when reading and establish a habit of applying this skill whenever they encounter new words. Teachers discuss a wide range of high quality books to develop a love of reading amongst students to broaden their vocabulary. We provide reading lists and encourage students to read as many of these books as possible. Students are taught to speak with confidence and listen carefully to what others have to say. The ability to understand and use a variety of grammatical structures improves through reading, speaking and writing tasks set as homework. Writing independently is explored through their own experiences and imaginary worlds. We motivate students to express ideas in numerous ways.