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Carlisle Infant School

Transition to KS1

TRANSITION FROM THE EARLY YEARS FOUNDATION STAGE TO KEY STAGE 1

A smooth transition from one class to another ensures that moving from reception into Year 1 is a positive experience for each child. At the beginning of Year 1 many aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage practice remain an integral part of Year 1. There is then a gradual move towards the more formal elements of literacy and numeracy and the other National Curriculum subjects.

KEY STAGE 1

Children in Y1 and Y2 follow the National Curriculum programmes of learning to secure the essential skills of English and numeracy.  They develop computing capacity through the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning

ENGLISH

  • Children learn how to listen attentively and carefully to others.  They learn how to talk clearly and confidently and express themselves effectively.
  • Children learn how to read accurately and fluently.  They have access to a range of different texts.
  • During the first half term of school we invite Reception parents and carers to attend a meeting when we explain and discuss the literacy programme at Carlisle.  Throughout the school we use a programme called Read, Write Inc. which combines a structured and systematic approach to teaching phonic knowledge and skills.  All children are grouped in terms of their reading ability.  This means that they are working at their own level each day.  Children who are progressing faster or more slowly than others move quickly to another group.
  • Parents and carers are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s reading development.  Reading books are taken home regularly and you are asked to read with your child.  Our core reading scheme is made up of a selection of books from different reading schemes supported by a wide range of picture books, storybooks, plays and poetry and other reading material.
  • Children learn how to write and communicate their ideas.
  • Bug Club is an exciting online reading scheme which complements the reading books children bring home.  It is an engaging and accessible way for parents and carers to become involved and encourage reading practice at home

NUMERACY

In numeracy our aim is to stimulate and develop the mathematical thinking of all children. We encourage our children to be curious about the fascinating world in which they live and an emphasis is placed on practical problem solving in real and meaningful contexts such as the outdoor environment.  Children learn how to use numbers and measurement for accurate calculation.

COMPUTING

Computing is an important feature of all areas of the curriculum and plays a significant role in the broad and balanced provision we offer.  Each classroom is equipped with their own computers, and we will be extending this in September 2012 to include a laptop trolley which will be used across the school for discrete computing lessons.  We offer a wide range of computer software targeted to cover the infant curriculum and develop appropriate skills.  Interactive whiteboards are used throughout the school to enhance lessons.  We have a variety of hardware to enrich lessons and engage pupils, for example, digital cameras, programmable floor robots, visualisers, digi microphones and hand held microscopes.  We subscribe to Purple Mash (www.purplemash.com) , a creative cross curricular online program which can be accessed by children at home to extend their learning.

SCIENCE

Our aims in teaching science are that children will develop an interest and enjoyment in understanding their surroundings; retain, develop and organise their natural sense of curiosity and enquiry about the world around them; begin to acquire investigative skills and scientific understanding; be encouraged to think logically and independently and to show respect for living things.

DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY

Design and Technology is practical problem solving which develops and exercises skills of designing, modelling, construction and evaluation. We aim to develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of how things work by giving opportunities for observation and exploration. They will be able to draw upon a range of taught techniques and skills, through which the children will have the confidence to try out their own ideas for designing and making.

HISTORY

Our aims in teaching history are to encourage a natural interest in the past and to help children to understand themselves and the wider world outside the home and school.  Children will be helped to develop a sense of chronology and explore and foster an awareness of continuity and change. They find out about the past using different sources of information and artefacts. They learn about events in the past and famous people.

GEOGRAPHY

Our aims in teaching geography are to encourage a child’s natural interest in their local environment and the wider world and its peoples.  Children will be helped to develop early geographical skills and terminology.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

P.E. is divided into three strands: games, gymnastics and dance. Through these we aim to improve the children’s fitness, help them to develop their skills and to teach them why P.E. is so important to their overall health. We are an Active Mark school in recognition of the work we do.

ART

Our aims in teaching art are that all children will enjoy and feel confident in art and design; explore possibilities through use of a wide variety of media, tools and techniques; develop fine motor skills and powers of observation and develop appreciation and a critical awareness of art from different times and cultures. We are an Artsmark Gold school in recognition of our excellent provision.

MUSIC

Our emphasis is on enjoyment and creativity, co-operation, confidence, valuing music from other countries, listening and self-expression.  In addition to class music activities children participate in weekly music sessions with a music specialist and pianist. These sessions focus on practical musical activities learning and understanding music through the experience of singing. Singing games and rhymes encourage each child to develop a singing voice and to experience music firsthand. Children also explore cross curricular themes, listen to and investigate a wide range of music and experiment with composing and notating sounds. Children enjoy concerts and workshops from visiting musicians.

We have a very successful School Choir who perform in school and within the community. Each year we take part in the Richmond Singing Festival and a joint summer concert with our link junior school Hampton Hill.

PERSONAL, SOCIAL & EMOTIONAL and HEALTH EDUCATION (P.S.H.E.)

P.S.H.E. is a vital and intrinsic part of the daily life and curriculum of the Carlisle School community.  It is concerned with helping each child to have the self-confidence to achieve his/her full potential personally, socially and emotionally.

We aim to encourage children to develop a positive self-image through encouragement, consideration of self and others and through praise that values and respects individuality.  PSHE helps children to foster tolerance, empathy and understanding of others.

ABLE CHILDREN

Carlisle recognises that able children, as with all children, should have access to a broad, balanced and differentiated curriculum.  We aim to provide work which is enjoyable, exciting, worthwhile and challenging and this may be through the use of extension and/or enrichment activities.  Work should move an able child forward at a pace reflecting his/her ability and understanding.  Open-ended tasks are particularly relevant and can enable children to demonstrate originality of thought, creativity and inventiveness.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

Our religious education programme is based on the Richmond Upon Thames agreed programme.  We develop children’s understanding of the nature of religion and beliefs.  They gain knowledge and understanding of Christianity together with aspects of Judaism and Islam.  A range of themes are covered including important dates and times, buildings and places and living the faith.  Children explore a range of religions and moral stories and talk about their meanings.  We encourage tolerance, caring and sharing between all children.

Any parent/carer who wishes to withdraw their child from R.E. should make this known to the Headteacher.

COLLECTIVE WORSHIP

Collective worship supports children’s spiritual and moral development and assemblies take place daily but vary in group size.

Assemblies are broadly Christian in emphasis whilst also developing an awareness of other religious beliefs and festivals to help all children gain a wider understanding of the world around them.

There are whole school assemblies when all children are given an opportunity to sing together, celebrate their successes and share their learning with the rest of the school.

Any parent/carer who wishes to withdraw their child from assembly should make this known to the Headteacher.

SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION

It is our intention to ensure that sex education is an integral part of the school programme of personal, social and health education.  It will build on children’s existing knowledge of their bodies, relationships and the world around them and provide a sound foundation for further work at junior school.  We recognise we have a duty to respond to individual children’s questions should they arise.  This will be a considered, truthful and reassuring approach appropriate to this stage of development.

GENERAL SKILLS

Detailed information about topics and skills is made available to all parents/carers through topic webs displayed prominently on the Information Board in the school entrance.  Information is sent termly to parents and carers giving a forecast of work to be covered.

JUNIOR TRANSFER

At the end of Year 2 your child transfers to a Junior School.  Carlisle Infant School is linked with Hampton Hill Junior School and the majority of children transfer there. Links and liaison between the two schools are strong and prior to transfer there are opportunities for parents/carers and children to visit the school, meet the Headteacher and staff and see the school at work.