Research informs us that during our earliest years, a large part of the pattern for our future adult life is set; we therefore acknowledge that positive experiences in the early years give children the best start in life.
In Key Stage 1, we aim to build on the positive experience gained in the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure continuity and a natural progression in learning, as well as their personal development.
It has always been recognised that the transition from Pre-school to Primary School is a critical time for children, parents and teachers – and one, which is full of opportunity and reward. At APIS we understand that an effective transition takes stock of learners’ progress and achievements in order to guarantee the wellbeing of our children. We understand that parents, teachers and support staff must all work together and involve learners in this process.
In Key Stage 1, we acknowledge the importance of laying foundations, which strongly influence a child’s future progress and development. We understand that this stage provides opportunities for meaningful and challenging learning experiences, the broadening of horizons, and the consolidation of basic skills and the development of new positive identities. We aim to utilise collaborative working, form strong relationships and ensure that families are, at all times, meaningfully involved. All this, we feel, supports our children to develop socially and emotionally. We aim to establish successful, confident, effective and responsible learners.
In Years 1 and 2, children participate in a broad range of lessons across the curriculum. They receive lessons in English, Mathematics, Science, ICT, Geography, History, Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) Agama, Art. Modern Foreign Languages, PE and Music. In addition to this, children can participate daily in an extensive extra-curricular programme. We also provide some day trips, to ensure that learning is not confined to the classroom.