Welcome to Reception Class - Little Aston Primary School

Welcome to Key Stage One
Year One and Year Two
Miss Fletcher
Miss Ward
Organisation of the Curriculum
Literacy and Numeracy are taught each day.
Wherever possible subjects are linked together to
form a creative curriculum.
Year One will be following the new curriculum and
assessments whereas Year Two will be following a dual
system of both the old and new curriculum.
Y2 will be assessed against the National Curriculum
Levels - Level 1c, 1b, 1a, 2c, 2b, 2a. Level 3 and the
new assessment system. Children in Year Two will be
taking their end of Key Stage two SATs in June 2015.
Children will be assessed on a termly basis using the
new performance indicators for each year group.
Literacy- Writing
In Key Stage One children will:
 write in a range of genres including story, poetry, instructions,
non-chronological reports etc.
 develop their writing to include extended sentences, consisting
of appropriate and interesting vocabulary through lots of
spoken language work.
Children will write sentences by:
 saying out loud what they are going to write about
 composing a sentence orally before writing it
 sequencing sentences to form short narratives
 re-reading what they have written to check that it makes sense
 discussing what they have written with the teacher or other
 read aloud their writing clearly enough to be heard by their
peers and the teacher
 Children are taught to read through three daily sessions
of 15 minutes, following the KRM programme and letters
and sounds. Within each session children practice
synthesis, segmentation, phonic and sight vocabulary. As
part of this session, children practice their skills, reading
with the teacher and exploring new vocabulary.
 Reading books will be changed at least once a week.
 Children will also read within a group in guided reading
sessions each week.
 Children will complete a phonics check at the end of Year
In Key Stage One children:
 develop confidence and mental fluency with whole numbers,
counting and place value. This involves working with numerals,
words and the four operations, including with practical
resources (for example, concrete objects and measuring tools).
 improve their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and
sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. This also
involves using a range of measures to describe and compare
different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time
and money.
 recite number bonds to 10 and 20 and be precise in using and
understanding place value.
 spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their
increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.
 Parents could help by counting in lots of different ways –
forwards, backwards, at different starting points, different
speeds, in steps of 2s, 5s, 10s etc.
 Look at number sentences in different ways including sums with
missing numbers e.g. 17 + __ = 24
 Practise number bonds:
 for example: number bonds to 10 (5 + 5 = 10 etc)
100 (30 + 70 etc)
 Learn times tables facts. As a guide, the national expectation is
that by end of KS1 children know 2s, 5s, 10s, and begin to know 3s
and 4s. Children need to practise tables out of sequence and
answer ‘quick fire’ questions to check they know the multiplication
 Have lots of fun! Look for opportunities for practising these
skills during sports, activities and board games.
Year 1 and 2 will cover these topics from the new National
Curriculum this year
Year 1 topics:
Everyday materials
Throughout the year we will be looking at seasonal changes
Year 2 topics:
Uses of every day materials
Plants and variation
Forces and movement
All living things and their habitats
Animals, including humans
• During Key Stage One pupils observe, explore and ask
questions about living things, materials and physical
• They begin to work together to collect evidence to help
them answer questions and to link this to simple scientific
• They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or
comparisons are fair.
• They use reference materials to find out more about
scientific ideas.
• They share their ideas and communicate them using
scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
Creative Curriculum
Within our creative curriculum this year we have three main topic themes
Autumn Term - A moment in time- How can we make a difference?
World war 1 centenary
Study of a contrasting non-European country (Kenya)
Textiles- learn how textiles are used in own and other’s lives.
Focus on artist Pieter Bruegel (children’s games)
Spring Term - Once upon a time
Homes / settlements in the UK and Europe.
The Victorians
Queen Elizabeth II
Artist focus: William Morris. (RM Colour Magic)
Designing and making moving pictures/storybooks
Summer Term – Let’s explore
 Transport (the first aeroplane flight. Old / new ships / boats)
 The coast (human and physical features)
 Artist Focus: Impressionist – Claude Monet (colour mixing, water colours – ocean
colour washes, collages e.g. sea creatures)
Physical Education
 Basket ball, football, gymnastics, dance, athletics, fielding games and swimming in
the Summer Term (Year 2 only)
Why are we talking about esafety?
Cyberbullying in the news
Incidents involving children at Little Aston
As parents and teachers, we therefore have an
important role to play in helping children and
young people stay safe online and encouraging
safe and responsible use of the technologies
Some of the technologies
Mobile phones
Chat Rooms
Gaming sites
Text / SMS
New technologies offer tremendous opportunities for
children however there are also risks including:
potential abuse by online predators
exposure to inappropriate content
Some of these risks can be a continuation of the risks
children and young people experience offline. However,
they can be increased because many children and
young people also fail to realise that the internet is a
public place.
Are our children and young
people aware of the risks?
Who/what can help?
• CEOP works across the UK and maximises
international links
• provides internet safety advice for parents and
• report facility
enabling anyone to
report any inappropriate or potentially illegal
activity with or towards a child online
Who/what can help?
Education in school
What are the key things we teach the
children in school?
keep your username (where possible)
and password PRIVATE
save any messages that have upset
you so you can show them to someone
who can help
do not give out any personal details such
as your full name, address etc.
if you see anything on-line that
concerns you tell a trusted adult
What are the key things we teach the
children in school?
never send photographs or videos to
people that you don’t know in the real
never arrange to meet anyone in real
life that you have met on-line
show respect to others on-line
5-7 yr olds
Who/what can help?
Parental support
Safety Ideas FOR PARENTS
• Know what your children are doing online
and who they are talking to. Ask them to teach
you to use any applications you have never
• Help your children to understand that they
should never give out personal details to
online friends — personal information includes
their messenger id, email address, mobile
number and any pictures of themselves, their
family or friends—if your child publishes a
picture or video online—anyone can change it or
share it.
• Help your child to understand that some
people lie online and that therefore it's better to keep
online mates online. They should never meet up with any
strangers without an adult they trust.
• Teach young people how to block someone
online and report them if they feel uncomfortable.
• There are people who can help.
Where can parents go for help?
 www.staffsscb.org.uk
 www.wmnet.org.uk
 http://www.getnetwise.org/
http://www.childnet-int.org/ (Know it all)
 http://www.bbc.co.uk/webwise/
 http://www.iwf.org.uk/
 www.ceop.gov.uk
Homework tasks for both classes will be set on a Friday
and will be due on the following Wednesday.
Children will have a homework book in which to complete
their class homework. These tasks will be linked to
learning in either Literacy, Numeracy or Topic work.
Children should spend no longer than 30 minutes on a
task. If your child hasn’t completed the task within that
time, please indicate how far they have got.
Year 1 will have their spelling sent home on a Wednesday
and will be tested on the following Wednesday.
Year 2 children will also have weekly spellings. These will
be sent home on a Monday so children can practise ready
for their test on the Friday. Records will be kept.
In addition to the homework tasks set by the teacher, as a
guide children should also spend:
10 minutes reading each day – a reading diary will be
provided for parents to record comments. A separate
reading record is kept at school by the class teacher for
your child.
5 minutes practising their words/spellings each day.
5 minutes practising mental maths each day.
15 minutes each week practising handwriting using the
cursive style.
And finally……
If we have concerns about your child’s
learning and development we will always
inform you, so we can work together to
support your child.
If you have concerns then please speak
to us or arrange an appointment via the
school office.