The Key Stage One curriculum covers year 1 and 2.
Age of child
5 – 6 years
6 – 7 years
When the students enter Key Stage 1 they must study all curriculum subjects. Teaching at this stage is primarily by the English teacher:
- English & Italian
- Art and design
- Physical education
It is during the Key Stage One phase that a child gains the foundation for his reading, writing and numeracy skills. The teachers concentrate on building these basic skills and creating a solid base for continued development in the later key stages. Much emphasis at this stage is placed on spelling, grammar, writing skills, communication and numeracy. The teachers of the year 1 and year 2 classes work closely together, through the role of a coordinator, in order to ensure that the children progress smoothly and gain the necessary skills by the end of the key stage.
The children’s curiosity and creativity continues to be supported through project-based learning and hands-on activities in most subject areas. The teachers propose educational trips and outings linked with cross-curricular classroom projects. This ensures a deeper and wider understanding of the learning area, as well as encouraging personal and social development. Teaching at this stage balances the use of games and play with academic instruction and learning. In topic learning such as science, history and geography the children are taught through fun activities encouraging thinking and communication skills. The English teachers work meticulously with the Italian teacher in order to create dual language projects and facilitate learning within the two curricula.
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