The Key Stages
The Primary Years are divided into three phases: Early Years Foundation Stage for ages 4 to 5, Infant for ages 5 to 7, known as Key Stage 1 (KS1), and Junior for ages 7 to 11, known as Key Stage 2 (KS2).
At St Marys our Foundation stage year is an important year. We provide a supportive, safe and secure environment to allow all of our children to develop strong foundations in their learning. Our Reception staff work as a team to promote learning and respond to children’s interests in an environment where children feel happy, valued and enthusiastic about all areas of school life.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. The EYFS curriculum is dividedinto seven areas of learning: Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, Expressive Arts and Design. We teach using a thematic approach that is very much influenced by the children’s current interests. The children follow an integrated day that combines adult led and free flow activities in both our indoor and outdoor learning environments.
Both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 follow the framework of the National Curriculum, issued in 2013. For each subject and for each key stage, programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught, and attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils’ performance. Please reference the DfE website for full definitions and information.
Pupils are assessed at the end of KS 1 (Year 2) and at the end of KS2 (Year 6).
In both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 the statutory subjects that all pupils must study, as outlined in the Assessment Framework are art and design, computing, design and technology, English, geography, history, languages, mathematics, music, physical education and science. The children also study religious education based on the London Diocese Board of Schools RE scheme of work