Children in Key Stage 1 (KS1) are in the academic years 1 and 2. They turn 6 years old in year 1 and 7 years old in year 2. These two year groups, alongside our Early Years Foundation Stage children, make up class 1 at West Alvington.
In KS1 we have a different topic each term which most of our work is based around. These topics have ranged from the Antarctic to Castles and Knights to Wheeled Vehicles. We go on school trips linked to the topics, have adventurous role play areas for imaginative play, and read and write stories around the topic. During our recent history topic we designed and curated a museum for parents that explained the history of our school.
Another feature of KS1 at West Alvington is our weekly Welly Walks around the stunning local environment. We have access to the pathways over the hills above the village, two wooded areas and the beautiful farmland surrounding our school. Children learn about the natural environment and the seasons as well as having the opportunity to play some fabulous imaginary games on our travels.
Children in KS1 follow the National Curriculum and are assessed against National Curriculum levels. These are reported to the Local Authority at the end of Key Stage 1.
West Alvington School use the Sounds-Write scheme to teach synthetic phonics from the EYFS through KS1 and into KS2. Children are taught phonics in small groups by a trained adult. Our phonics teaching is supported by our wide range of reading books. Children work their way through the synthetic phonics Dandelion Readers and then onto the Oxford Reading Tree. We also have a selection of specific Sounds-Write reading books for children to cement their decoding skills.