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 Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 is such an exciting place to be! Here the children continue to use the independent skills taught in the Foundation Stage and begin a more structured way of learning. They begin to learn about topics and subjects in a greater depth, still encompassing role play and creative learning. At this stage of their learning journey children become more involved in school life and continue to develop their social skills as they interact with other children in both formal and informal settings. The world is viewed from a broader perspective as they look beyond their home and school based experiences.

Key Stage 1 consists of Year 1 (aged 5-6) and Year 2 (aged 6-7). Both year groups consist of either 4 or 5 classes, with an average class size of 25. Each year group is led by a Year Group Leader. Each class is assigned a Teaching Assistant to support the children with their learning.

Year 1 is the transitional year from Early Years; from a play-based setting to a more structured setting starting in Term 2. By the end of Year 2 we start to prepare our children for Key Stage 2.

Through a thematic and integrated curriculum, our pupils continue to acquire a broad range of skills, with an emphasis on the 21st century competencies. Teachers seek to maximize opportunities to challenge our learners to think critically and develop the ‘thinking skills’ they need to evaluate complex information and propose solutions to unfamiliar problems. At DES we believe this is an essential life skill and will help prepare our pupils to become productive members of a dynamic and technologically driven society.

In Key Stage 1, the children develop their ability to read and write fluently, using RWI and other genre specific texts and Abacus is used as a framework for the teaching of mathematics. In addition, a broad range of subjects are taught, including, History, Geography, Science, Qatar History, Art and Design and Technology. Music (Year 1 & 2) and Computing (Year 2 only) are taught by specialist teachers in their computing and music rich classrooms. Physical Education (PE) is also taught by PE specialists in the various facilities available on our school site. All subjects are taught through engaging and vibrant topics such as ‘Real-Life Superheroes’ and ‘Giant, Beanstalks and Magic Beans’.

The PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) curriculum incorporates the QP Schools Core Values of respect, empathy, care, tolerance, integrity and honesty. Within our caring and passionate community, every child will develop their individual talents and fulfil their potential in a safe caring environment. In a setting where our children’s welfare and well-being is paramount, the children build their confidence and skills as learners as they move happily with a sense of excitement through the Key Stage.

We believe communication with parents and pupils is vital and welcome visits to the school. For further information, please contact Mrs. F Foster (Assistant Head Teacher Key Stage 1).

Mrs. F Foster is the Assistant Head for this Key Stage and the staff members for this Key Stage are listed below:

Year 1 Leader Miss. K Mcauliffe
Year 1 Teacher  Mrs. A Van der Merwe
Year 1 Teacher Mr. K Nicolson
Year 1 Teacher Miss. V Corrigan

Year 2 Leader Mrs. A Smith
Year 2 Teacher Miss. K Gunn
Year 2 Teacher Mrs. I Samina
Year 2 Teacher Mr. M Ahmed
Year 2 Teacher Miss. S Monaghan