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A BRIEF GUIDE TO KEY STAGE ONE (YEARS 1 AND 2) Dulwich College Beijing

EARLY YEARS


Dear Parents, Your child is at the centre of everything we do in Key Stage One at Dulwich College Beijing. Our team of committed educators will engage your children in a curriculum that is well planned, stimulating, and sets high standards of achievement. In our caring environment we believe that if children enjoy and have autonomy over their learning, not only will they achieve these high standards, but they will also become learners for life. Our uniqueness lies in our commitment to ensuring that we celebrate all children as individuals who are capable of achieving their full potential so that we can prepare them for the challenges of the 21st century. When you visit our Early Years campuses at DCB you will see children highly engaged and learning actively through problem solving and creative thinking. Accommodation at both campuses is welcoming and safe, facilitating educational provision that combines the very best of innovation and tradition. Sarah Humphreys Head of Early Years


Contents PHILOSOPHY & OBJECTIVES .................................................................................................... 4 AN INTRODUCTION FOR PARENTS ....................................................................................... 5 THE KEY STAGE ONE CURRICULUM ..................................................................................... 7 THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMME ............................................................................. 7 LITERACY................................................................................................................................... 7 MATHEMATICS ........................................................................................................................ 7 SCIENCE ..................................................................................................................................... 8 INFORMATION AND COMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT)..................................... 8 ART AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY ...................................................................................... 8 HUMANITIES ............................................................................................................................ 8 MANDARIN ............................................................................................................................... 9 MUSIC ......................................................................................................................................... 9 PHYSICAL EDUCATION ......................................................................................................... 9 DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE ............................................................................................. 9 PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION........................................................... 9 THE LEARNING JOURNAL - YOUR CHILD’S UNIQUE PORTFOLIO......................... 10 ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS ............................................................................. 10 EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES ..................................................................................... 10 CHARITY EVENTS.................................................................................................................. 10


DULWICH COLLEGE BEIJING Philosophy & Objectives Because children come first: • Our school is a fun and safe place to learn • We can be ourselves • We all work together to do the best we can • We learn through everything we do • We play and work together as a team • We trust ourselves to try new things • We will try our best to take care of our world • We respect ourselves and others • I will be prepared for change


AN INTRODUCTION FOR PARENTS AT DULWICH CHILDREN COME FIRST At Dulwich Early Years we are committed to ensuring that all children in our care can become happy, independent and enthusiastic learners. We aim to provide an appropriately balanced and challenging curriculum that will enable all children to realise their potential in a safe, caring and supportive environment. We provide our children with a broad based introduction to the English National Curriculum and help them to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding in Key Stage One in preparation for Key Stage Two. We encourage an enjoyment and love for learning by providing an interesting and stimulating school environment in which our children are encouraged to be individuals and recognise their own contributions to the life of the class and our school. The English National Curriculum has core subjects that are of prime importance and are taught as discrete subjects in the curriculum at Dulwich. These include Literacy and Numeracy. Science and Humanities are taught using a child-centred, theme-based approach. Art and Design Technology are integrated into these themes to provide cross curricular learning. Personal, Social and Health Education and Cultural studies are taught by the class teacher. We have specialist teachers for PE, Art, Chinese and Music lessons. PARTNERSHIP WITH PARENTS We know that children learn best when parents and teachers work in partnership. We strive to keep parents informed and give them opportunities to be actively involved in their children’s learning through the following: a) Consultations and Curriculum Information Sessions Parent-teacher consultations, information evenings and workshops are scheduled throughout the year. Our parent workshops focus on different aspects of learning such as phonics, early reading/writing, mathematics, and ICT, and we strongly encourage all parents to attend. We are keen to keep dialogue between parents and teachers open; consultations take place three times a year but if parents wish to see teachers at other times, they are very welcome to make appointments to do so. b) Home/School Liaison Diaries/Weekly Newsletters Parents are encouraged to communicate closely with their children’s class teacher. All children have a liaison diary for day-to-day communication between home and school. We look at the diaries daily and encourage parents to do the same. Every Friday our Early Years newsletter goes out to parents, along with a Year Group letter outlining the previous week’s learning and communicating any other useful information.


c) Parent Helpers and Class Representatives We warmly welcome parents who would like to contribute their skills and time to our school. There are opportunities to help during the school week, to use any special skills you may have or to contribute during curriculum focus days, charity initiatives, and school trips. Each class has a parent representative who acts as a link between the teacher and the parents for social events and to support the class. d) Coffee and Chat Our Early Years Friends group organizes regular opportunities for mums and dads to meet together informally to share coffee and cake. This takes place in the library at Riviera Main Campus and at Coffee and Books at the Legend Garden campus. THE SCHOOL DAY The school day begins at 8:30 am, though we have a “soft start� to the day and children may come in at any time between 8:20 am and 8:40 am. Children should engage in classroom activities as soon as they arrive. All children have a schedule printed in their home/school liaison diaries so that parents are aware of PE days and library book borrowing times. Parents are welcome to settle their child into the classroom before saying farewell. Throughout the day children follow a timetable that enables them to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in all areas of the English National Curriculum. This timetable includes opportunities for whole class, small group, individual and independent learning, led by the Lead Teacher, who is a native English speaker, and supported by the Teaching Assistant, who is a native Mandarin speaker. Throughout the week, the timetable also includes specialist teaching in Art, Music, PE and Mandarin. Lunch and playtimes are an important part of the day for children to eat, drink, play and socialise. Children have a short break in the morning at around 10 am and in the afternoon at around 2 pm. They have an hour’s break at lunchtime during which they eat together and have a longer period of time in which to engage in independent play-based activities in our well-equipped outdoor learning environment. The school day finishes at 3:30 pm when parents are welcome to come into the school to wait for their child outside the classroom.


THE KEY STAGE ONE CURRICULUM THE DUAL LANGUAGE PROGRAMME In Key Stage One we provide an environment where children learn following our English National Curriculum in a classroom that is rich in both Mandarin and English. A qualified teacher, who is a native English speaker, will lead the curriculum using spoken English. Your child’s learning will be supported by a qualified teacher whose first language is Mandarin but who also speaks fluent English. Following on from the dual language approach in Foundation Stage, the main language of the curriculum will be in English in key areas such as Mathematics and English and other planned activities. Mandarin will be used by the Mandarin Teaching Assistant in natural contexts such as at snack time or greetings in the morning. Children will have differentiated Mandarin lessons each day. Children who need to develop their English will be supported to fully access the curriculum. The physical learning environment, including print, will be in both English and Mandarin.

LITERACY The areas of English - reading, writing, speaking and listening and drama - are all taught through the English Primary Framework for literacy. Each classroom is a language rich environment ensuring that the children experience a variety of texts, instruction and information. Children learn to develop their writing through a range of methods that will encourage both creativity and a structured use of language. At this age it is important that children learn to speak with confidence to support all areas of their learning. Through these activities they are encouraged to recall, respond, discuss and interact as a group. Drama is used to explore space, ideas, feelings and texts. Children also develop phonics, reading and writing skills during focused literacy sessions. An enjoyment of literature is fostered throughout the Dulwich Curriculum. Children benefit from an extensive library and are encouraged to share this facility with their parents and borrow books on a regular basis. They have one dedicated class library book borrowing session each week and are also encouraged to use the library for research and fact finding purposes. MATHEMATICS During Key Stage One students develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity, which builds on their


understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems. SCIENCE Key Stage One Science students observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and phenomena. They begin to work together to collect evidence to help them answer questions and to link these to simple scientific ideas. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests and comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables. The science Key Stage 1 curriculum consists of: • Scientific enquiry • Life processes and living things • Materials and their properties • Physical processes

INFORMATION AND COMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY (ICT) Learning through and about technology is a priority in Early Years. Using interactive whiteboards, computers, laptops, iPads and iTouch devices, children are taught how to research, record and represent their learning using a range of different programmes. Our Early Years classrooms are well equipped and allow the children to use their ICT skills throughout the day in all areas of the curriculum. ART AND DESIGN TECHNOLOGY Art and Design in Key Stage One is about developing children’s creativity and imagination through art, craft and design activities that relate to the children’s own identity and experiences. Children experiment with a variety of media to inform and extend their ideas. They develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They use a variety of media, tools and techniques, including drawing, painting, collage, printing and clay modelling, to express themselves. HUMANITIES In Year 1 we refer to Humanities as” My World.” In both Year 1 and Year 2 this encompasses both Geography and History, enabling children to learn through a thematic approach using cross-curricular links. Through a variety of exciting activities they find out about their own environment and that of the wider world. They are encouraged to research and explore the past through a variety of themes.


MANDARIN It is important for our children to learn about a range of Chinese customs and festivals and to speak, read and write Mandarin. As part of our Dual Language Programme, all children will be placed into groups with children of a similar ability level. They will have one lesson each day and the main part of the lesson will take place in Mandarin. We aim to provide a good foundation for speaking, listening, reading and writing. MUSIC During Key Stage One music lessons, children will have the opportunity to listen and comment on music, rhymes and songs from a variety of eras and cultures, celebrating the international nature of our school. They are encouraged to develop an appreciation of music by experiencing a range of music through singing, playing and composing as individuals, in groups and as a class. Our music rooms are well resourced with a range of instruments including percussion, keyboards and other tuned instruments. During the school year, all Key Stage One students are given the opportunity to join a lunchtime choir and perform during assemblies and other events. PHYSICAL EDUCATION In PE children develop physical skills in the following four areas: games, gymnastics, dance and swimming. The children learn to perform and practice simple physical skills and to show control in linking actions. Socially they are encouraged to work co-operatively with a partner, within a group and as part of small teams. At the end of the year the children participate in a Key Stage One sports day in our extensive outdoor sports area. DRAMA AND PERFORMANCE Drama is an important part of the curriculum and is integrated into literacy and other curriculum areas. Children will be actively encouraged to take part in a range of musical and theatrical activities to promote confidence and enjoyment in the arts. Children have a range of opportunities to take part in performance, including school assemblies and Key Stage One music and drama performances. The emphasis is on participation and enjoyment as well as the development of the skills that will enable children to grow into confident young adults. PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION Key Stage One children learn about themselves as developing individual. PSHE sessions help them see how and where they fit into the class, the school, the community and the wider world. PSHE is taught through discussion in circle time and helps children to recognise and understand their feelings and emotions. Children learn to express themselves, listen to each other and offer an opinion on a discussion theme. Teachers also take the opportunity to discuss questions that children raise as well as topics of relevance in children’s lives.


THE LEARNING JOURNAL - YOUR CHILD’S UNIQUE PORTFOLIO Each day we regularly observe and assess each child, collecting photographs, comments, examples of work and written records of relevant things that we see throughout the day. We use this evidence to keep track of each child’s and to inform our planning. All this information is placed in a portfolio – the Learning Journal. These form the basis of our reporting to you and are available for you to see. At the end of the year parents are given their child’s Learning Journal to keep. ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS Dulwich College welcomes a great diversity of children, many of whom have different ethnic and linguistic backgrounds and some of whom have specific learning needs. We believe that such diversity enriches our school community. The College has a small team of dedicated teachers who support children with additional educational needs. Our English as an Additional Language and Learning Support Programmes are tailored to meet the needs of the individual and offer small group in-class support and where necessary, short withdrawal sessions. EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES Extra-curricular activities, such as ‘dance and sing’, gardening and environmental programmes, and reading and writing clubs, are provided for Early Years children during the school lunch hour. Children can also sign up for after school programmes run by Dulwich Community Programmes. These include football, ballet and other activities. Parents are expected to provide supervision and transport for children attending these activities. CHARITY EVENTS We support a range of charities and have a dedicated charity coordinator to oversee our range of projects, focusing termly on the community, the environment and our Dulwich Panda Wei Wei! Some of our Senior School students are also involved in supporting charity events at our campuses.

Key stage one guide 2013