Lower School Curriculum and National Tests

The Lower School is made up of children from years 1, 2 and 3. The adults in this phase of school work together to give children the best learning opportunities possible.

The oldest children in this phase are very important leaders and role models. All children in year 3 are expected to take on a leadership role so they can contribute meaningfully to the community through their work.

Becoming confident and fluent readers is a key priority during lower school and we expect that all children read, every day. Book bags need to be in school daily to support the smooth running of our home reading programme.

Miss White is the Phase Leader for Lower School and she is happy to answer any questions that you may have. She is available on the playground at drop off and pick up time or you can make an appointment through the school office.

Information for parents

Please take a look at our current curriculum newsletters. If you require to see any past or future newsletters please enquire in the office.

KS1 SATs Tests

Children in Year 2 will complete KS1 Tests in May 2022. The Government will produce a guide for parents in April and we will make this available for you on our website.

Oxford Owl have a helpful webpage to help you prepare your child for the tests. Click on the link below to take a look.

Helping your child be ready for the year 2 tests

Phonics Screening

Children in Year 1 will complete the Phonics Screening Check in June 2022. This check helps us to provide additional support for children in year 2. Children who do not meet the expected standard at the end of year 1, will take the check again in Year 2.

Oxford Owl has provided a useful webpage to help answer your questions about the Phonics Screening Check. You can access this by clicking the link below.

Phonics Screening Information

Phonics Check Family Meeting – Wednesday 24th April 9:00am

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Pupils work hard to be positive role models and give support to others. They are
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