Holt VC Primary School

Key Stage 1

Our Year 1 and 2 children moved into lovely new classrooms in September 2015. Our new extension includes cloakrooms and toilets for KS1.

Children in KS1 enjoy a varied and exciting curriculum which is designed by their highly creative teachers to meet the needs of each individual cohort. There is a strong emphasis on practical, hands-on learning which includes plenty of opportunities to learn beyond the classroom. The two classes, Sycamore and Beech, benefit from the input of specialist teachers for French and singing.

From Foundation Stage and through KS1, the children access our Book Bands reading scheme. The Book Bands approach allows us to include books from a variety of different reading schemes alongside ‘real books’; the children benefit from a range of interesting reading materials and experiences. From Year 1, weekly guided reading sessions with a trained member of staff  further supports reading development with a specific focus on comprehension skills.

Daily phonics sessions, based on the Letters and Sounds programme, develops children’s spelling and reading skills in EYFS and KS1.  A variety of resources are used to make these sessions engaging and fun.