Split into two home zones in Year 1 – Beech Learning Zone and two home zones in Year 2 – Willow Learning Zone make up our community of KS1 learners at Wallscourt Farm Academy.
The typical day for KS1 consists of enquiry based learning where children explore a range of areas including Mathematics, English, Science, Geography, History and Art. We support the children to explore the states of being- so, rather than just doing history, we unpick what it means to be a historian, a scientist, and then we provide meaningful, purposeful learning experiences to allow the children to enact this, and develop their skills, knowledge and understanding across the different subject disciplines.
Children learn core reading and writing skills through regular synthetic phonics teaching and book clubs to support both reading and the link to writing. We follow Letters and Sounds and supplement this with a whole host of phonic materials to support all children in their reading. We also have a range of other approaches to support with reading, including a Lead Reading teacher, based in Rowan Reading Zone, and many reading scheme resources, including online and e-learning resources – see below for further information.
Children take ownership for their learning through daily child led challenges linking the learning from adult / teacher led sessions across the curriculum. This learning is celebrated at snack time daily, where children have a chance to share their learning and discuss with others what they plan to do next.
In addition to whole class teaching, adults lead learning with small groups throughout the day which allow focused teaching, support and extension of children as well as the opportunity to discuss learning and for children to reflect on their next steps with support from their peers and teacher.
Children have access to the outside (garden) space throughout the day to explore all areas of the curriculum including reading, writing, maths and physical development, in an open air space.
Children also have dedicated physical education provision twice per week.