primary school key stages
The Northern Ireland Curriculum aims to empower young people to achieve their potential and to make informed and responsible decisions throughout their lives. The learning opportunities provided should help young people to develop as individuals, contributors to society and contributors to the economy and environment.
Key Stage 1 (primary school Years 3 and 4) builds on Foundation Stage experiences, and Key Stage 2 (primary school Years 5, 6 and 7) builds on Key Stage 1 experiences. As children progress through these stages, they move from informal to more formal learning.
Reading and Spelling
In KS1 we teach children to read and spell alongside our phonics teaching, which is based on the letters and sounds programme. In addition, they also need to be able to read and spell common exception words, multisyllabic words, words with different suffixes, contracted words and numbers.
We aim for all Year 1 children to be able to read and spell the letters and sounds phonics phases and the 2014 Reading Writing assessment Y1 checklist by the end of Year 1.
When they are ready, children will move onto the 2014 Reading Writing assessment Y2 checklist, the letters and sounds 200 HFW and the Maths HFW lists, (completing them by the end of Year 2).
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In Year 1 and 2, we build on the children’s learning from Reception. Everyday there are lessons in reading, writing, phonics and maths and these are carried out in groups. Such groupings do change depending on how the children have retained their previous learning in this area, friendships and the learning focus. Sometimes these groups are organised on ability and sometimes they are deliberately organised as mixed ability groups, depending on the teaching and learning objectives for the session.
We study the National Curriculum and have attached the Year 1 and Year 2 parent information powerpoint to give you further information about each year group
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Practising the times tables for the x10, x2, x5, x3 and x4 up to 12 will support your child in maths. The order the times tables are taught in is: x10, x2, x5, x3, x4, x9, x6, x8, x7, x11, x12. Also learning the inverse division calculations at the same time will help your child with developing an understanding of the relationship between the operations and help to develop their mental maths strategies. Talk about analogue and digital time on 12 hour and 24 hour clocks and other measures (length, weight, capacity) with your children.
Help at Home
Encouraging regular reading at home is a great way to help your children access the Key Stage 2 curriculum. Our children are encouraged to take at least 1 AR test each week, and aim to achieve a minimum overall percentage of 85%. You can help your child to achieve this by listening to them read, asking them questions on the book or asking them to explain the plot and characters to you.