Key Stage 1

Common Blue Butterfly - Year 2 - watercolour and pencil on paper

Children aged 5-7 in years 1 and 2. Each class is named after a pollinating insect.

Mrs Emma Miller leads teachers, teaching assistants and ninety children in Key Stage 1. Children are taught over three classes of up to 30 children grouped by age. Summer born children in Year 2 will experience being the older pupils in their class alongside the oldest year 1 pupils. Children work in mixed groups with some grouping by current attainment for phonics and guided reading.

Towards the end of year 1 pupils have a statutory phonics screening check. This is to assess how well pupils have learned phonic skills taught as these are essential for most pupils in learning to read and write with fluency.

Towards the end of year 2 pupils are assessed against the National Expectation in Reading, Writing and Mathematics. This is teachers' assessment of children's academic performance against detailed assessment criteria. The criteria for 'age-related expectation' must be achieved in full (i.e.a secure and not best fit). Teachers moderate standards within school and with local schools and the Local Authority. They use some DfE test materials (reading, spelling and grammar and mathematics) to help quality assure their judgments. Further details can be found in our Curriculum, Teaching and Learning document.

Further information about the curriculum can be found in our Curriculum pages and in our Curriculum, Teaching and Learning document.

Butterflies

Younger children in year 1

Julia Watkins

BEd (Hons) with Environmental Science, MaST

As well as being the class teacher, Miss Watkins trained as a Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) with us and leads Mathematics through school. This year she is leading us as part of a North West Maths Hub project to develop Mastery teaching, based on approaches to Mathematics from China and Singapore. Julia joined us in 2007 from a large primary school in Enfield, North London and has worked in our Year 6 and year 4 classes. Julia is supported in class by teaching assistants Miss Holly Hammond and Miss Sarah Milward.

Alison Granville

BEd (Hons) Primary Education

Our first teaching assistant, Mrs Granville began her working life as a teacher in London. Working with in since 2004, returning in 2019 returned after two years working in Staffordshire. Alison has led the development of our cursive handwriting throughout the school and, herself a left hander, is aware of the needs of left handed children.

Chloe Thorne

Childcare, Learning and Development (level 3)

Miss Thorne has worked as a TA in a primary school and Nursery assistant before coming to Kingsmead where she also supports children at lunchtime. Chloe has additional responsibilities for DSEN in Year 1 and has experience with a range of conditions including Autistic Spectrum. She has one daughter.

Bees

Oldest pupils in year 1 with younger ones from year 2

Paula Hammond

BA (Hons) Primary Education, MaST, SAPRE Philosophy for Children (level 2), Outdoor Learning Practitioner (level 2}

Mrs Hammond teaches a class of up to 15 of the older year 1 children and up to 15 of the younger year 2s. She leads behaviour and well-being throughout the school and is our subject leader for PHSE (personal, health and social education) and SRE (sex and relationships). Paula has also been co-opted onto the governing body. Joining us a TA in 2005 from Hebden Green Special School, Mrs Hammond trained on the Graduate Teaching Programme at Kingsmead and has taught in year 6 where she qualified in Philosophy for Children before moving to Key Stage 1 where she trained as a Mathematics Specialist Teacher.

Wendy Bodger

BA (Hons) Applied Science, TESOL, NCFE Supporting Teaching & Learning in schools (level 3)

Mrs Bodger has been a parent at Kingsmead for many years and a great asset to Gardening Club and our Eco School ethos. Wendy began working with us as a mid-day assistant and since 2017 has also worked as a teaching assistant in the Bees.

Dragonflies

Older children in year 2

Emma Miller

BA (Hons) Geography, PGCE Primary

Mrs Miller is the team leader in Key Stage 1, job sharing the teaching post for the oldest year 2 pupils. At Kingsmead she is also subject leader for Humanities [Geography and History], co led the Global Learning Programme where the school was a designated expert centre and leads the Reading Mentor scheme in school. Emma studied at Leeds and Manchester University and prior to joining Kingsmead Primary School in 2007 was KS1 Team Leader and a staff governor. She has taught classes from EYFS through to Year 5 and in her own children’s primary school she has been chair of the PTA and a parent governor.

Lisa Rutter-Brown

BA (Hons) Primary Education with Maths and Technology, National SENCo Award, NPQH

Mrs Rutter-Brown, our Deputy Headteacher and SENCo, job-shares the Dragonflies with Emma Miller. Lisa also leads Design Technology throughout the school. In 2016 her work on behalf of adopted pupils and their families was recognised by Adoption UK and MP Stephen Timpson who wrote to commend our work as an adoption friendly school. Lisa joined us back in in 2004 when the school opened as our first reception teacher. She has worked for the Local Authority as a leading subject leader for Mathematics, supporting other schools and as deputy head has been seconded to a school facing additional challenges. Lisa's two daughters are pupils at Kingsmead.

Jen Jones

BA (Hons) Ancient History, PGCE Primary

Mrs Jones worked at Lacey Green Primary as a teacher before coming to work with team Kingsmead. Jen supports teaching and learning in the Dragonflies, provides additional tuition and also supports Miss Carpenter with leading provision for pupils with English as an Additional Language. Jen is currently studying for a further Post-Graduate Certificate in Education in Speech and Language.

Emma Lishman

NVQ Supporting Learning and Teaching (level 2)

Mrs Lishman also works as a mid-day assistant in school. Emma has been a welcome addition to the teaching team this September and has a particular interest in supporting children with special educational needs and/or disabilities.