Core Things Learnt In Key 1 and Key 2 Stages
It is during Key Stage 1 and 2 that the three major subjects are introduced; Maths, English and Science. Teachers start to teach the basics of these subjects so that they knowledge they learn can be built upon in future studies leading right the way through to secondary school, maybe even continuing into university.
In maths, addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions and measurements should be introduced during early Key stage 1 Maths. Every child is different in their own unique way, so they are likely to grasp concepts more easily if teachers introduce all methods of learning into the lesson. In Key stage 2 Maths all topics learnt in Key Stage 1 are then built upon and new topics are also taught.
Children should also be introduced to the three sciences; Biology, Chemistry and Physics. In biology children should be taught about the human body and living plants and animals – including micro-organisms.
In chemistry, various different practical experiments can be carried out so that children can discover different chemical reactions and explain the different results that they have found.
Finally, in physics, the concept of light, sound and electricity can be introduced with different experiments linking to each subject.
Hopefully, before a child starts school they will have practised some reading and writing with either a parent or guardian as these are two of the main aspects of literacy that children will focus on throughout Key Stage 1 and the beginning of Key Stage 2. Near to the middle of Key Stage 2, children should be able to construct pieces of texts of their own such as stories and articles, they should also be regularly writing creative writing pieces in their literacy lessons and should be able to use the correct punctuation where necessary.
Outside of lessons, teachers should encourage creative, social and communication skills. These are important skills not just for school, but they are skills that can be used throughout the whole of the pupil’s lives.