KEY STAGE ONE (KS1)
The curriculum followed at Key Stage One (S1 and S2) has the following UK National Curriculum subjects at its base:- Literacy (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening), Numeracy, Science, Information and Communication Technology, Humanities (History and Geography), Art, Music and Physical Education.
One of our key aims is to provide ongoing opportunities for all of our students to develop an affinity for books and an enjoyment of reading. Our S1 teachers employ a variety of useful and innovative ways by which student interest and attainment of concepts is developed and maintained. Writing at Key Stage One is an integral part of the curriculum and clarity in writing encouraged so that students learn how to develop and express their ideas with confidence.
Numeracy lessons are aimed at assisting students to gain a confident and firm understanding of the mathematical operations as well as an ability to manipulate numbers. Teachers’ awareness of learning styles is apparent as students are provided with learning opportunities which attend to all styles. Provision is made by teachers so that students are exposed to a kinesthetic approach to learning – whenever developmentally appropriate
Science and Humanities at KS1 are primarily aimed at further developing the natural sense of enquiry in our students by delivering lessons that encourage interest and a sense of discovery.
During KS1 students are engaged in exploring ICT and learn to use this multimedia with confidence and purpose. Students begin to use ICT to develop their own ideas and creativity while becoming more familiar with the related hardware and software.
Key Stage One Art focuses on the development of creativity and imagination via exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. Students are introduced to works by renowned artists to help them gain an appreciation of the various art forms. Art at this stage also encompasses crafts and design.
Music lessons are geared towards developing an appreciation for Music through singing and use of instruments during lessons. Students at KS1 listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. They play instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments with increasing confidence, imagination and control.
During our Physical Education lessons students learn a variety of skills (throwing, catching, hitting, passing, etc.) with a focus on developing an appreciation for sports and related activities.
- At Saltus, we believe that a coherent, engaging and effective curriculum requires clear mapping both within and across grade levels. We pride ourselves on being innovative in curriculum development and are pleased to share our curriculum with parents as equal stakeholders in the educative process. Please click on the ATLAS link below to browse our curriculum maps.