The Wonderful Learning Journey of KS1
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn said Benjamin Franklin – a saying that is so very true still!
In KS1 the children have the opportunity to get involved in the activities that allow them to use their imagination and talents, their senses and their playfulness to learn in a fun creative hands on way. The teachers use a variety of techniques to provide for those opportunities, be it in face to face teaching or in their live lessons.
In Year 1 the children made a ‘recipe’ for what makes a good teacher and that includes ‘ to like to read stories’, ‘be a princess’ and ‘do what the children like. They drew around their teacher and put the ingredients together and ta daaaaa – they have amazing teachers!!! Learning how to blend and read/ write is interactive and hands on – the children are using plastic letters and their boards and work in small groups to also learn from each other. Write, make, check, repeat! The love of reading is instilled from a young age here at King’s Oak and it continues throughout the school. Sharing a book with the class – both with the children and the teachers- is one of the favourite times of the day in Year 1. Setting the space and time for reading sessions, puppets and toys to help out, are also important and can draw in the more reluctant readers and keep their interest alive. Creativity is another talent of the children in Year 1. They enjoy the art activities where they have the opportunity to explore their senses in their creations. Dancing is great fun too – the children do enjoy a good rhythm!
King’s Oak is a truly international school and the children are always involved in learning about other cultures and countries! Year 2 BT were the first to celebrate European Day of Languages and teach us all about flags and greetings in different languages. Look at their amazing display outside welcoming parents at the end of the day! The Halloween carving competition proved to be a hit and children enjoyed bringing in scary, funny and silly pumpkins to show off in school.
Cross-curricular learning takes place all the time. In Literacy the children read non fiction texts and wrote explanations about processes. They chose then to illustrate their favourite one using plasticine in their DT lesson. Independence and learning useful life skills are a focus at King’s Oak. The children in Year 2JF took ownership of their classroom and helped assemble the furniture for their terrace! They also put together the dividers for their desks safely using a glue gun. Safety was a huge priority at the beginning of the year and because staff, parents and children all worked together, face to face learning was possible! Year 2JF started the year off by learning all about safety and directed, edited and wrote the script for some very useful keep safe videos! Starting from our children’s interest and imagination, the teachers used the Wizard of the Lake that the children in Y2JF ‘saw’ in the lake by the school – they included the wizard in a storyline All About Materials combining literacy and science investigation. The children worked on writing a nonfiction class book about materials based on the challenges given by this mysterious wizard!
Lots of great learning going on in KS1! We are very proud of the children for how well they adapted to the new school environment and conditions. They were able to follow the health and safety rules while continuing their learning journey alongside their enthusiastic and talented teachers.