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Key Stage 1

Welcome to Key Stage 1! 


In Key Stage 1 we promote the use of a range of exciting themes that bring alive the National Curriculum.  These themes enable all children to learn through positive experiences and hands-on activities.  We introduce the children to making their own choices in learning, and encourage them to begin to identify their strengths and areas for development, through the use of colour challenges in most of the work they do. 



Two year rolling programmes

Our curriculum is based upon a two year rolling programme of thematic questions.


Autumn Term 2018 'Were the Queen's Toys Better Than Yours?'


Each teacher in Key Stage 1 creates a booklet for parents/carers at the start of each new term. This booklet details the theme being taught, and the different aspects of the theme. It also gives details of visits, messages, PE days and other important information for the term. The booklet is saved on the class pages of the website, but a paper copy can be given if requested.


At Crescent we strive for excellence in both english and maths. The children enjoy a rich english and maths curriculum, that promotes both self-belief and positve learning behaviours.  Below are the documents we plan from for both english and maths.


Phonics plays an enormously important role at Crescent and especially in Key Stage 1.  Most children learn to read whilst in KS1 and phonics is a vital aspect of this.  We follow a structured programme of lessons throughout Key Stage 1, which ensures all children leave with a sound understanding of phonics.  Below is the programme of phonemes that are taught in each term, through KS1. 




At Crescent Primary School we believe reading is a key skill that is vital to children’s development .  It is our aim to ensure all children leave Crescent reading to the very best of their ability and have high expectations of reading both at school and also at home.  We aim to instil a love of books in children, so they read not only for information, but for pleasure too.  We teach reading daily through a range of approaches, such as focussed reading lessons, guided reading sessions, reading buddies, drop everything and read time (D.E.A.R. time), one to one reading sessions with teachers, teaching assistants and volunteers and many more exciting opportunities that develop children's decoding and comprehension skills.  We make use of both an extensive collection of paper books and electronic texts through the ‘Bugclub’ website and many of our learning topics are taught alongside a quality, interesting text.