Key Stage 1 Diary

Year 1 is an exciting transition year from Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1. The curriculum is slightly more structured for building on all the key skills in reading, writing and maths along with opportunities for learning through topic based activties in subjects such as Science, History, Geography, Art and Music. We learn in a creative way, support each other and still have fun learning through play.

Check back soon for Key Stage 1 updates during the current term...


What did Key Stage 1 do and what did they learn? 

Early Years and Year 1 went on an Easter Egg hunt organised by Year 6 today (22.3.18).
They collected all their eggs together and came in to do some egg-based maths. First they estimated how many eggs there were altogether and counted them as a group. Then they counted how many children there were and estimated how many each person would be getting (the answer was 4). Always an opportunity for maths at St Christopher's!!

Key Stage 1 held a variety of exciting experiments exploring outdoors, homes and the world. Year 1 held an escape from the ice challenge where pupils were set a time limit to save a trapped character from an icy doom! Children explored the best ways to melt ice (which coincidentally they put to good use at home during the recent inclement weather). Our resident Dendrologists in Year 1 also visited the school garden to study the local trees and distinguished between deciduous and evergreen.  

Year 2 joined forces with Year 3 as part of their 'Brilliant Birds' activity. Children put together a selection of leaves, sticks, grasses, mud and water to find out, first-hand, what birds have to do to create a birds nest. There were some very mucky hands at the end of the activity but the children have a new appreciation for the amount of work that goes into a birds nest as well as the various types of nest that can be made from such rudimentary materials. More information and photos can be found in our special Science Week Newsletter available here

St Christopher's School sent a team of ten Key Stage 1 pupils to Canterbury High School on 8th March 2018 to take part in an Inter-school Infant Agility event.

Competing against 16 other teams from schools across the Canterbury area our pupils ran, jumped, hopped and threw their way to a fantastic 2nd place In this School Games competition. A brilliant achievement and pupils should be justly proud of themselves.

Congratulations to our team and well done to all the other schools that took part.


The photo to the left was taken by a pupil in year 1 from todays science lesson. Our class went out into the school garden to find and categorise different types of plant. The class share their own knowledge of plants as well as learning the names of lots of new plants too. It was our first lesson in our topic on 'plants'. 

Year 2 have been looking at 'The Environment'. Therefore, with this in mind, we booked an amazing workshop provided by the Kent Science Team called ‘Rocking Around Britain’ which took place on Friday 9th February 2018 in the school hall.

It was an incredible outreach opportunity for the children and the day was jam-packed with learning and fun from start to finish. A fully qualified teacher engaged the children using a fantastic interactive presentation and a plethora of images and incredible stories and facts. They brought a wealth of resources for the children to learn from which expanded on those already in the school and it was a great ending for our Rocks topic which the children learnt alot from.

A big thank you to the Kent Science Team.  

We took part in Safer Internet Day 2018. During the day Mr Payne (our school DSL) delivered a fantastic assembly to pupils. He spoke about how we can use the internet in a positive way and what a fantastic resource it can be when used safely and responsibly - especially the ability to connect with friends. Mr Payne highlighted the theme "create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you".  Beyond the confines of the school hall, individual classes delivered bespoke sessions to cover the Safer Internet Day message and our Year 6 peers held a special assembly about using the internet safely to connect with friends.

The inimitable Ian Crosher was back at St Christopher's School to deliver another round of drama workshops to Key Stage 1. Our theme this time round was Safer Internet Day and each class chose a topic around that theme including Cyber-Bullying, Keeping Yourself Safe Online (SMART), Inappropriate Use of Images, Keeping Personal Information Safe Online and Gaming Online. Pupils explored these themes in great detail, performing In groups and creating narratives to engage with their chosen topic.

St Christopher’s School was enchanted on 25th January when Belle from Beauty and the Beast came to take part in an interactive-reading workshop to Key Stage 1. A fantastic morning and children had a photo opportunity with the Disney princess. The question remains however, if Belle was the Beauty who is the Beast at St Christopher’s School!?

Year 1 & 2 took part in a fantastic Farm to Fork Breakfast Workshop at St Christopher's School on 24th January 2018. 

A follow up to our store visit on 1st November 2017, pupils focused on starting the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast. Children made their own breakfast muesli including a variety of fruits, yogurts, oats, bran flakes and seeds. The Tesco staff were very informative and this interactive workshop allowed pupils to engage with healthy ingredients and gave them lots of ideas to stay healthy. - Lots of tips from the NHS 'Change 4 Life' scheme  from information on snacks and drinks to recipes and fun ideas to help children stay healthy.

In Year 2 we have started learning about China. We have been looking at the Great Wall of China, transport, landmarks and even the Terracotta Army! 

We have been building our own Great Walls of China using clay, only another 5,500 miles to go!!