School Structure >> 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
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.
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.
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).