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St Giles Church of England Primary School

Key Stage 1






Standards are broadly in line with national figures at Key Stage 1, with improving trends including Phonics. This is because of good quality transition between Foundation Stage and Year 1, and high quality teaching across KS1 and EYFS. Year 1 pupils initially experience a day that is organised along EYFS principles, with ‘continuous provision’, lots of hands-on, child-initiated learning, plenty of role play and opportunities to develop speaking skills, and the differentiated teaching of phonics. As the year progresses, learning begins to become more ‘formal’ as the children prepare for Year 2. Year 2 pupils are prepared for life in Key Stage 2, and are tested and teacher assessed in the summer term to give our KS1 results.

Phonics is a major part of teaching in KS1. There is lots of information about this on our Phonics page.

Reading at home - parents' role:

  • We teach the children to decode, and then have 3 Reading Practice sessions in groups every week, where children read the same 'matched-decodable' book as a group each session, and discuss it with an adult.
  • We then send this book home. Your child should be at least 90% fluent with this book. Let them read it to you and build up to 100% fluency. Praise them, encourage them, it's them 'showing off' to you how well they can read, so the book should appear to be 'easy' to read for them. Read it to mum, dad, sister, nan, and whoever else they can!
  • We will also send home a book for sharing. This is a book they have chosen that interests them - they might not be able to read all the words, so help them, read it to them, talk about it, explain what any unfamiliar words mean, and build up a love of reading with them. 
  • These two very separate approaches will hugely help them - decoding on their own with the Big Cat decodable book, and Reading for Pleasure with the book for sharing - 5 minutes a day, little and often, or more if you have time - thank you!

Please also see the 'Helping your Child to Learn' page under the Parents banner on this website for further ways to support your child at home.


Y1 Maths

Y1 Writing expectations

Y1 Marking Stamps

Y1 Reading list - suggested books

Y2 Reading list - suggested books

5 tips for reading

End of year 1 expectations

2023-2024 Class Newsletters

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Year 2 Spring 1 

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