Assistant Head Teacher for Early Years and KS1
“My name is Sadie Moorhouse and I am the Assistant Head Teacher for Early Years and KS1 here at De Bohun Primary School. I studied for my teaching degree at Middlesex University and then moved on to study an Early Years and KS1 PGCE. I have always been passionate about Early Years Education believing all children deserve the best start to school. I am passionate that children start their learning and development with exciting opportunities that ensure each and every child meet their full potential.”
In Key Stage 1, children have:
- Daily Literacy, Maths, Phonics and Guided Reading sessions
- PE (outdoor and indoor)
- Religious Education
- PSHE/ Circle time (Personal, Social and Health Education)
- Art or Design and Technology
- Topic work and humanities (History and Geography) – Topics are changed half termly
At De Bohun, children have the opportunity to take books home during the week to share with an adult at home. We are very fortunate to have a school library and each child has the opportunity to change their library book once a week. In addition, each child has an individual reading book and a reading record. This book should be used as a means of communicating with the school about the reading that your child has done at home. It is also a record of which books your child has read throughout the year. At De Bohun we use the following reading schemes:
- Initial sound/ alphabet books
- Oxford Reading Tree (including phonic books)
- Rigby Rocket Books
- Collins Big Cats
Your child should read at home with an adult at least 3 times a week. Take this time to enjoy the book together and make sure your child has understood the text. Talk about the pictures, meaning of new words and the story. After you have read the book, you could ask your child questions about what they have read, as understanding is an important part of the reading process. Reading is all about enjoyment and understanding, rather than speeding through levels. In addition to these books, it is important that your child has access to a variety of reading material at home. Take advantage of your local library!
Each week your child is given the following homework to be completed at home:
- Reading (as above)
- Spellings/practise of high frequency words (once a week)
- Maths (once a week)
- Talk Homework for the big write (once a week)
Maths in Key Stage 1 focuses on understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division and applying these skills to practical real-life situations. Children learn to record their calculations independently. Children also learn to handle and interpret data, understand shape, tell the time and solve problems. In addition to this, at the beginning of every maths lesson, children are encouraged to use mental strategies in different ways. You can support your child’s mathematical development by making maths fun and relevant to everyday life for example, handling money, telling the time, looking for numbers in the environment and counting everything!
Phonics is taught as a specific lesson for half an hour every day. The programme we follow at De Bohun is ‘Letters and Sounds’. Children are taught as a whole class, and support staff work with children who may need additional guidance.
- Throughout Reception, children are taught phase 2 and phase 3.
- During year 1 children are taught a revision of phase 3, phase 4 and all of phase 5. In June of year 1, there is a national phonics test when children are asked to read real and imaginary words.
- Throughout year 2, children revise phase 5 and continue onto phase 6.
The national expectation is that by the end of year 2 children will have completed all of the phases and are confident to apply their phonics in reading and writing. Some children may be involved in support group focused on different phases dependent on their needs.
Please ensure your child has named uniform and a PE kit in school every week. Please use your child’s book bag to make sure they have their reading book, reading record, library book and homework book available regularly. Most importantly of all, make sure your child is in school on time, every day to maximise their learning opportunities and personal development.