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.


Younger children in year 1

Sophie Maynes

BA (Hons) French and Spanish, PCGE Primary

Miss Maynes joined the Kingsmead team in Lower KS2 after completing a PGCE at Manchester Metropolitan University, training in schools throughout Cheshire in all Key Stages. Before this, Sophie spent time working as a TA in her hometown of Nottingham. Sophie studied Modern Languages at Durham University, during which she spent time studying abroad in Toulouse and Granada and travelling across Europe to improve her language skills. She loves languages, travelling, cooking, reading and learning new things. With Mrs Peacock, Sophie leads in English.

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.


Oldest pupils in year 1 with younger ones from year 2

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 Ms Chloe Thorne.

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 worked as a teaching assistant in KS1. From September 2020, Wendy took on the role of supervisor for our before and after school care.


Older children in year 2

Emma Miller

BA (Hons) Geography, PGCE Primary, NPQML

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.

Debra Fielden

BSc (Hons) Applied Science, PGCE Primary

Mrs Fielden teaches Dragonflies on a Monday. She also covers teachers' planning, preparation and assessment time in LKS2.

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.

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.