Year 1 is where the children leave the Early Years Foundation Stage and transfer to Key Stage 1. The children become part of the main school and begin to become independent learners. We follow the National Curriculum and enrich this with lots of additional activities and clubs. A lot of emphasis is placed on developing key skills in English and maths and building confidence in these core subjects. Alongside this a broad and balanced curriculum is taught that includes history, geography, science, art, music, French, ICT, RE and PSHE. We use topics to inspire the children and make their learning fun!
We track the children’s progress through informal teacher assessment, Ros Wilson writing assessments and maths testing each term to give a NC level. At the end of the year a PIRA reading assessment is carried out to inform the parents of their child’s progress and reading and spelling ages are calculated.
The children all join one of the four houses in Form 1 – Chaucer, Austen, Dickens or Conrad. For good work and behaviour they are awarded house points in the form of stars. These are counted up and a trophy is given to the winning house each week. The children will also be presented with a Headmaster’s award for every 100 stars they earn. Golden Time on Friday afternoon is a treat for children who have behaved well during the week.
We encourage the children to read aloud to an adult each night and a list of spelling words is sent home on Monday to be learnt for a test on Friday. In the holidays we encourage children to develop their knowledge through reading, playing board games and interactive maths activities on the computer.
The School Day
The school day starts at 8.30am and finishes at 3.20pm.
Clubs and creche are available from 3.30-4.30pm each day.
After school clubs include:- Swimming, Ball Skills, KS1 Club (indoor and outdoor fun activities), Ballet and Computers.
In recent years we have visited The Museum of Kent Life, Wye Village, Leeds Castle and Howletts Zoo.
Performing at Spring Grove
The children at Spring Grove are given opportunities to perform from a very early age. We produce a class assembly each term and a KS1 Christmas show in December. These are always great fun and well received. A few children begin instrumental lessons at this age and are encouraged to perform in the Informal Concerts.
Rebecca Saxby, Head of Pre-prep and Form Teacher Year 1