Welcome to Key Stage 1

Robins Year 1

Frogs Year 1 and 2

Bats Year 2




At St Edward’s Academy we place high importance on reading and having the support from home makes your child’s learning journey even more significant. Please encourage children to read as often as possible at home using the online GoRead app.

Children begin reading phonic books matched to their needs until they have passed the Phonic Screen which takes place in the Summer Term of Year 1. The children then move on to colour band books to develop their comprehension, fluency, stamina and enjoyment. Many of these books are from the Oxford scheme featuring Biff, Chip and Kipper.




Our classes follow the scheme ‘Letters and Sounds’, a published resource by the Department for Education and  Skills (2007). It aims to build children’s speaking and listening skills as well as prepare children for learning to read by developing their phonic knowledge and skills. Most children in Key Stage 1 will be working on Phase 3 to Phase 5.

Letters and Sounds

For resources and games to support phonics, have a look at



YouTube clip of correct pronunciation of pure sounds

Year 1 Phonics Information for Parents


Year 1 Common Exception Words

Year 2 Common Exception words

Children in Year 1 and 2 need to be able to read and spell their common exception words.  Please note it is important that children are secure with the Reception words before they move on. It is a good idea to use look, cover, write, check to practise spellings.


In school the style of handwriting taught is ‘continuous cursive’.  We start to teach letter formation in Nursery and Reception and develop continuous cursive in Years 1 and 2 with the aim for most children to be writing in a fully cursive style as they enter Year 3.

For resources to help with handwriting go to teachhandwriting.co.uk


Here is information about Mental Maths and the year group targets we are working on in school as well as what parents can do at home. Mental Maths homework is posted on ClassDojo each half term and can also be found on the Home Learning tab on this website.

Religious Education

Information on our Religious Education Curriculum

For more information about the Key Stage One curriculum, please refer to the National Curriculum.

Curriculum Overviews


Year 2 SATs Information for Parents

We are proud to be a part of SUA Trust

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SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership. The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support. In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Education of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.