Key Stage One

Key Stage One

In Oak Tree Class, for 5-7 year olds, children learn in a relaxed manner without the pressures to be found in many mainstream settings.  The class is normally around 16 children and has a teacher and teaching assistant. We call this stage in learning the transition class because children are moving from a predominately child-led Early Years play based curriculum towards becoming more independent in  their writing, numeracy and project work. Our main focus is to ensure that pupils achieve high levels of basic skills whilst keeping the arts, science, humanities and modern languages at the heart of the curriculum. Children enjoy a rich cross curricula approach to learning and whilst we use the national curriculum as a framework for our objectives we are not constrained by it and teach creatively developing children’s love of learning.

The children's voice

“I love school. I like maths. I like playing”.

“I love forest school. I like making fires and climbing trees”.

“I love music I love Annan it is the best school in the world”.

Frequently asked questions

Here are a few of the more common questions people ask us.

Do children in Key Stage one have an outdoor play area?

There is an area outside the classroom for outdoor learning. This includes a decking area, patio tables, growing area, willow dome and large sandpit.

Are children taught in groups?

Children in Oak Tree Class sometimes work together as a class and at other times work in small groups supported by an adult.

Do children learn a modern language?

Debby Hunter the school principal teaches French to children from Year One upwards.  Children enjoy learning a language in a fun and practical way.

Can children in Key Stage 1 learn an instrument?

Children can take lessons in piano, guitar and ukulele.

What is the staff/child ratio in Key Stage 1?

The class size is 12-16 and there is a teacher and a teaching assistant teaching the class.