Literacy and Numeracy in Key Stage 1
The following information provides parents and prospective families with an overview of the curriculum content for Science & the Foundation Subjects in Key Stage 1, which is Grade 1 and Grade 2 (Years 1 and 2).
From time to time this content will see a process of appraisal and update. In line with a ‘Creative Curriculum’, a topic based approach to learning is developed, where cross curricular themes are integrated to enable relevance. It is our team goal to provide inspiration and a meaningful approach to learning.
We are particularly driven to focus on local and global issues and the international communities that we serve, adapting the curriculum to meet these needs in a holistic way.
Children are given the tools to be an integral part of the learning process and the confidence to perform successfully beyond The International School of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
View the full 2015 details for Grade 2 Curriculum Information
Are you keen to keep up with what your child is learning in English lessons? Literacy is a daily lesson, made up of three aspects:
- Speaking and listening
Across these areas, the children will be working with a range of material, including stories, non-fiction and poetry. They will be looking at stories with familiar settings, traditional tales, and different stories by the same author.
As in grade 1, there’s still a lot of practical and visual learning in maths, using real-life situations children can relate to. The children are learning to think about the methods they use to solve problems, and to check if they are correct. They will start to work with logic problems, and will be recording their results using lists and tables. They will also start to work on solving maths problems mentally.
You may find the children revisiting topics they covered in SK or Grade 1. This is revision in preparation for KS1 SATs, but also to ensure that children have really understood the basics before they move into Key Stage 2. The maths your child is learning now can be easily reinforced at home.
Your child will be learning about everything from animals to electricity in Year 2 science.
During Year 2 more work will be done to develop the core scientific skills of observation and investigation. The children will work on a different topic each term, designed to encourage them to ask questions about the world around them, and they will be taught the importance of gathering evidence and carrying out experiments. They will start to think about the importance of planning before they start a task: how they will find the answers, what questions they will need to ask, and what the result might be. They will also be thinking of the best ways to present their results; for example, they could be using drawings, charts, diagrams, ICT, or standing up and speaking to the class.