Key Stage One
Our vision at Hartford Infant School in our Key Stage One Classrooms (Years 1 and 2) is for every child to continue to develop their deep love for learning which will remain throughout their life.
We promote a safe, affectionate environment that enables children to take calculated risks, make decisions, ask questions and be independent through our bold and engaging curriculum. The Key Stage One environment builds upon our practice in Early Years (EYFS) and provides a wide variety of age appropriate resources for the children to use in their learning. There are numerous opportunities to practise and master skills in our afternoon enquiry sessions. We have structured morning English and maths sessions which include phonics, SPAG (spelling, phonics and grammar), handwriting and maths fluency.
Children are continually encouraged to access the resources independently and use them how they choose, to develop their learning and understanding of the world around them.
All adults will support, scaffold and model learning through:
- Specific teaching, e.g. phonics, guided work.
- Supporting children in enquiry projects e.g. research in the Research Centre to find out more about a particular topic that interest them in class.
All adults continually observe and assess children’s learning and development and use this information in discussion with other members of the team to plan relevant, engaging and challenging activities which meet each child’s individual needs.
We believe that all staff should be good role models for children; supporting appropriately to allow access to the provision, talking to the children to further learning and creating an awe and wonder experience when appropriate. Children have daily opportunities to read to and be read to by an adult as we believe reading is a fundamental right for every child.
Staff will upload pictures of the children’s learning through enquiry on a regular basis on to an online learning journal (Tapestry) to share learning experiences with other staff and parents/carers. Please note only parents of the child can access their online journey out of school. We believe that partnership with parents is key and will regularly engage with parents/carers of children to also upload pictures and videos of learning at home.
The National Curriculum supports all areas of learning and are delivered through an exciting, engaging and challenging curriculum that is relevant to our children. It gives children opportunities to access a wide range of experiences, to consolidate skills and develop a deep understanding of the world around them. This supports progress towards an expected standard set by the DfE. We hope to bring out the best in all our children.
We use a Growth Mindset philosophy with the children which is introduced to the children in EYFS (Reception classrooms).
Our Hartford Heroes are used in classrooms to promote the characteristics of learning that are fundamental to our children’s learning.
Bringing out the Best in Everyone