Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1
Farringtons School

Key Stage 1

Pupils in Years 1 and 2 follow an enhanced National Curriculum which is enriched through a range of stimulating extension activities.

The transition from Reception to Year 1 is dealt with sensitively, where the teachers build on the learning and principles of EYFS to develop the child’s learning and social development.

All learning and teaching in KS1 is based on an enhanced Primary Curriculum with children exploring subject knowledge through a linking topic. 

Key Stage 1 pupils at Farringtons

Mathematics and English are taught daily, there is one hour per week of Science and PE, children have a weekly guided reading session with their teacher and also receive bilingual teaching every week in French.

Reading, writing, speaking and listening continues to be taught through the use of synthetic phonics and are supported by a structured reading scheme (Oxford Reading Tree).

We teach structured and creative English lessons supported by the Primary Literacy Framework and all children are taught spelling. Guided writing is a precision intervention tool that is taught as part of an agreed approach through English, in order to target specific teaching skills.

Children who are more able and those with additional educational needs are identified and interventions are put in place to help address their needs. Children needing further encouragement and support may also work in small groups with our team of support staff and qualified Higher Level Teaching Assistants (HLTAs).

Find out more about the Prep School

  • Listen to our podcast Farrington Features: A day in the life of a Prep School Teacher
  • Listen to our podcast Farrington Features: Transforming Outcomes in the Prep School with Mr Boyjoonauth and Mrs Cryan
  • Key Stage 1 sample day:

Key Stage 1 Sample Day

8.30 Registration and early morning mindfulness. The children will, for example, be led as a class, in yoga exercises to help with physical and mental wellbeing.
8.50 Chapel
9.20English: For example, using the story of Hansel and Gretel – the children having read the original story in class – will plan their own version. They will need to use detailed description with a beginning, middle and end, including expanded noun phrases and similes, setting this in clear paragraphs.
10:20 Break. Includes a healthy snack.
10.40Music: Specialist music teachers help the children to develop basic instrumental/singing skills, sound recognition and composition.
11:05Maths: Following teacher input. The children will be working in small groups and/or individually using differentiated work. The children apply mathematical knowledge/concepts to everyday situations. For example, using multiplication and division when grouping money up to £1. The children will use mental calculation or practical equipment to complete the tasks.
12:05 – 1.10Lunch.
1:10 - 1:20Registration.
1.50French: Specialist teachers lead the children in basic French conversation, including days of the week, numbers, colours and animals.
2:50Science: Here the children learn about sorting and classifying materials, animals and plants. Carrying out experiments and developing skills in analysis and evaluation.
3.20The children are able to access many clubs through the after school, wrap around care at Farringtons Interactive Zone (FIZ), based in the Prep School. It is staffed by school staff and external experts.

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