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Welcome to Key Stage One 2023-2024

Welcome To Key Stage One

Here you will find a plethora of information from our class pages. This will include a gallery to share our learning experiences with you and pages to help and assist your child with a multitude of things, including; homework, phonics, spellings and topic. Hopefully you will find this information useful.

Our Curriculum

Autumn Term 1 - Castles & Dragons

This is our first topic of the academic year; Castles and Dragons. Within this topic we will explore why castles were built and who for.  We will look the different types of castles, location of such castles and the significance of the location. Features of castles and roles within a castle.

Autumn Term 2 - Toys

This topic has a focus on the changes of toys over the last 100 years. A comparison of toys over the last 100 years along with those of today; discovering and describing toys our parents and grandparents played with and how they have changed over this time period, with a specific focus on vehicles, dolls and teddy bears.

Class Pages.​​



Phonics is prioritised from Nursery upwards. In KS1, phonics is taught daily for a period of 1 hr, split across two distinct 30 minute sessions. We use Bug Club to drive teaching and learning and to ensure coverage. Targeted phonics interventions are used across the school to support rapid progress for those children who are working below national expectations. A robust tracking system is used to ensure we monitor pupil progress in phonics. In Early Years and KS1, spelling is embedded with the phonics that the children are taught. 


We teach phonics through the DFE accredited scheme Phonics Bug to support with early reading and phonics. Click here for free online phonics lessons from the DfE.

Phonics Guide for Parents - Bug Club

Watch this video clip. It will show you how to pronounce the different phonemes (Sounds) taught in Year 1

A Support Guide to Phase 5 Grapheme Pronunciation

What Phonemes and tricky words will my child learn in Year 1?

What Phonemes and tricky words will my child learn in Year 1?

Phonics & Reading: Parent/Carer Information Workshop

We hosted a parent/carer workshop: "Phonics & Reading in Foundation and Key Stage One" to inform parents about....

  • What is phonics?
  • Our schools DfE approved phonics programme.
  • The six phases within phonics and when they are taught.
  • Phonic terminology and skills.
  • How to use phonic (Decodable) books & support children with it at home.
  • End of year expectations.
  • Phonic screening test.
  • Resources to support children with phonics and reading beyond the classroom.

The PowerPoint used in the delivery is below as well as the supportive information leaflet given to parents.


Phonics Presentation at Sparken Hill Academy.

Handouts for Parents


Each child will be given 5 spellings (Initially) to learn each week. These will consist of the phoneme or spelling pattern that your child is working on within Phonics/Spellings for that week along with high frequency words. The children will be tested on these weekly. Your child’s class teacher will inform you of the test date. The spellings will be available on EDSHED for the children to practise their spelling through games, this allows them to compete against their peers too. You will be provided with a login for this from your child’s teacher. A paper copy will also be sent home too.


Times Tables inc. Rockstars

We all love Times Table Rockstars. We will be continuing this for your child to learn their times tables. Your child’s class teacher will inform you when your child will need to start accessing these and which times table your child will need to focus on. Login details will also be provided for this too. Pupils will be tested on these regularly. 


Knowledge Organisers.

We are wanting to strengthen our home - school communications further; sharing information about what your child is learning at school for each half term/term. We have put together a knowledge organiser (See attached) to enable you to see the vocabulary your child needs to know and the information that they should be able to recall by the end of the half term/term.

We would be grateful if you could talk to your child about what they are going to be learning about or have learnt, reinforcing key pieces of information within the knowledge organiser. This will help your child to feel more confident about what they are learning, increase participation in class discussions and for you as parents be able to be a part of their learning journey.


Homework will be issued every Thursday, in a homework book. This will be in the style of a menu (Children can select to do one piece each week from the menu.) We expect children spend at least 30mins each week on homework. This must be completed & returned to school the following Wednesday where your child will receive Dojo rewards/Team points.

The Twinkly Nativity KS1 2023