The Edith Borthwick School

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Welcome to Key Stage 1


Our Key Stage One consists of classes two, three and four. Students in Key Stage One are provided with opportunities to build upon the skills learnt in their Early Years at the school. Students are supported by the speech and language therapists to develop their communication skills and are provided with appropriate support strategies to use to communicate with others and visual strategies to support them in structuring their day.


Staff working in Key Stage One have an excellent knowledge of students in their care supported through the use of Communication Passports. These contain information gathered from parents, carers and staff who have worked with them.


Students have the opportunity to engage in a range of enriching curriculum related and additional activities. Students in Key Stage One are given the opportunity to engage in weekly swimming sessions and regular trips to visit places in the local community. These have included visits to local parks, the library, cafes, shops and the carousel play bus.


Students are given the opportunity to engage in a range of visits related to the topic area being covered and have enjoyed spending time at Marsh Farm, Lee Valley Farm and The train museum. We have also enjoyed having different companies visit us to carry out interactive sessions. These sessions have given the students the opportunity to encounter farm animals and reptiles and engage in a range of interactive sensory stories.


Students have enjoyed participating in a ‘Living eggs’ programme over the past four years and have had the opportunity to watch eggs hatch and care for chicks in the class setting.


Students have continuous access to an outdoor area, attached to the class, to participate in a range of movement, sensory and curriculum based activities.


We offer students in the Key Stage links with the local primary school to engage in sessions to develop communication, social and emotional skills.

We value the support of parents and carers and try hard to provide good home-school communication.