Key Stage 1
Welcome to Key Stage 1
In Key Stage One, we aim to build our pupils' confidence to become independent learners and begin to take ownership of their own learning. We strive to ensure all of our children develop confidence with core skills in reading, writing and maths but also to embrace the wider curriculum opportunities on offer here at Towngate Primary Academy. The importance of developing key values and personal beliefs - which make each child unique and special in their own way - at this age are paramount to our curriculum offer here at Towngate.
Year 1 - Miss Johnson and Miss Kilbride
Year 1 / 2 - Miss Lockett, Mrs Stephenson, Mrs Hanley and Miss Barnes
Year 2 - Miss Lane and Mrs Thackrah
We encourage children to be smart in appearance so they are ready to learn. Please see below for a list of our academy uniform:
- White polo shirt or collared shirt.
- Grey trousers, shorts or skirts
- Blue summer dresses or grey pinafore
- Navy blue academy jumper or cardigan.
- Black shoes
It is important for the children to have correct PE kit - including correct footwear - to fully participate in PE lessons and sporting activities.
- Black/navy shorts
- White polo shirt or t-shirt.
- Pumps or trainers
- Black / navy shorts or jogging bottoms
- White polo shirt or t-shirt
- Black or navy hoody/jacket
In Key Stage One, we provide regular homework to ensure children are able to continue their learning at home and consolidate key skills. Homework is set weekly to allow for consistency and routines to be established. We value all support from parents and carers in ensuring the children complete their homework.
- Reading regularly at home with an adult to practice reading strategies taught in the classroom.
- Weekly spellings
- During the year projects are linked to our topic for children to complete at home.
Take a look at what we have been up to this week!
22nd March, 2019
This week we had our amazing inspire afternoon where parents and carers came and joined us for our African clay mask art session. After some basic instructions we were impressed by the creativity of the children and parents. It was a great, messy, fun afternoon but the skills the children displayed in sculpting the clay were fantastic. Here are a few of the comments "Well organised lesson to do joint activity in school. Good craft and imaginative creation." "Thoroughly enjoyed making clay masks - it should be a weekly event. Can't wait for the next session!" Thank you to all those who could attend.
15th March, 2019
In Key Stage 1 this week, we have continued our learning in science to explore the sense of taste. We tasted four different food types to explore sweet, sour, bitter and salty. We discussed our favourite and linked this to the food we eat every day.
8th March, 2019
In KS 1 this week Year 2 had a fantastic local walk to the green grocers Sandra’s Cabbage Patch in Ossett. When we arrived Gavin and Lynn who work there were thrilled to see us and we enjoyed looking at the more unusual fruit and vegetables that we hadn’t seen before. Gavin gave us all an apple to eat and the children agreed they were the most delicious apples they had tasted.In science we have continued to explore learning about our bodies but this week we have moved onto learning about our sense of touch. This was made really exciting by trying to guess what was inside some feely trays with our feet!!! Well done KS1 for being super science investigators!
29th March, 2019
This week in Key Stage 1 we have been learning about our sense of sight. We used a blind fold to take our sight away and then we had to rely on our friend to lead us on a little walk. We called this our 'trust walk'. After this we talked about what we would miss seeing if we had no sight. These are our thoughts:
'I would miss seeing all the beautiful things.'
'I would miss seeing my family.'
'I would miss seeing my mummy.'
'I would miss looking at the flowers and trees.'
In class 1,2 Hughie said 'I would need a guide dog to help me get around.'
In KS 1 this week, we enjoyed finishing our class book 'The Hunter' by Paul Geraghty. All the children over the past few weeks have developed a love of this book and produced some amazing independent writing. This week we retold the story thinking carefully about sequencing ideas, using adjectives, adverbs and using the correct punctuation.
I have enjoyed this book because I enjoy learning about wildlife. It made me feel furious and angry that poachers kill the wildlife. We should all try to protect our wildlife'.
O Carr Year 2
If we had our own British Values we could go and save our wildlife from danger in the wild. We should all be treated the same even if you are an animal.'
A Hirst Year 2
'I liked it because I liked Jasmina in the book because she helped the baby elephant to feel safe.'
In Key Stage One this week, we are extremely proud of all the children for taking part in the Last Choir Standing event at the Town Hall. All the staff were thrilled to see how confident the children were and we hope the children enjoyed this experience of singing and performing to a live audience.
Also this week, we have started our topic on Local Area and we want to thank all those children for bringing their homework back to school. We have found out so many interesting facts about Ossett and how it has changed in the last 100 years. Did you know Ossett had a train station and a cinema? The children’s work will be displayed in the classrooms to share with friends. Thank you for taking the time to complete projects, the children have really enjoyed sharing their information in class as a speaking and listening activity.