Welcome to Year 1!
Year One is the beginning of Key Stage One, therefore the main focus at the start of the new school year is to ensure a smooth transition from Reception.
At Knaphill Lower School, children join Year One following the familiar daily routines and free flow learning they have enjoyed in the EYFS. Activities are set up to support learning objectives and allow children to explore and learn through hands on experiences whilst teaching staff work with small groups developing literacy and numeracy skills. Lesson inputs begin the year relatively short and increase as children’s attention develops. By the first half term break the children are ready to follow less of a free flow, choosing timetable. Mornings typically involve Key Stage One assemblies, fun practical Maths and interactive English lessons incorporating carousel activities, to allow focus group learning to continue.
Key Stage One
Key Stage One sees the children learning in a more structured way whilst maintaining enjoyment of learning and developing the child personally, emotionally, physically and socially. Subjects are taught initially through theme days on Mondays, to capture interest and inspire the children by spending a whole day carrying out creative activities, dressing up, role play, experiments, looking at film clips and slide shows or meeting outside visitors. The children will also develop their Computing knowledge and skills through a variety of ICT resources. The outdoor classroom, including the Woodland Enclave, is still of great importance and many of the Reception resources such as sand and water are used in Year One. In order to promote an active and healthy lifestyle, the children partake in two P.E. lessons a week, as well as having the opportunity to be involved in extra-curricular sporting activities.