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Castle Batch

Primary School Academy

Happy, confident children, learning to learn

Key Stage 1

Who are we!

Mrs Hooper has been a teacher for 31 years, having worked at Castle Batch for 18 years and has specialised in SEND for 17 years.  Mrs Hooper recently took a years secondment to work as an advisory teacher for the Vulnerable Learners Service and has an in depth knowledge of autism and trauma attachment.  Mrs Hooper teaches in class Monday, Thursday and Friday and has a management day on Tuesday.


There are four consistent members of staff who work in Key Stage 1.  All staff are trained in Makaton, ELKAN and have vast experience in the SEND field and attend continual relevant training in respect of the ever changing needs of the Base.  Within the Base members of staff also have experience with TalkBoost, Theraplay, Incredible Years Parenting, Early Birds and first aid.


We are:



Picture 1 Mrs Hooper - Teacher (Mon, Thurs and Fri)
Picture 2 Mrs Gadd - HLTA (Mon-Weds)
Picture 3 Mrs Harper - SEND TA (Mon-Fri)
Picture 4 Mrs Roper-SEND LSA(Tues-Thurs a.m and all day Fri)
Picture 5 Vicky Sharpe - Speech & Language Therapist

The children in Key Stage 1 remain in Mrs Hoopers class all day and for their Key Stage 1 years with access to our mainstream classes as appropriate.


Overview of Learning

Please click on the link below for more information:

Gallery of Work

Please click on the crayon below to view our current topic work, events and work of the week gallery.  Your individual child's learning is also recorded on our online learning journal:

Useful Day to Day Information

All of our Key Stage 1 children are supported at lunchtime from within our staff team by Mrs Roper and Mrs Drew.  


PE kits need to be in school every day - our PE day is Tuesday, however, additional events may require our children to wear their PE clothes on a different day.


Reading books and Writing with Symbols, all Key Stage 1 children either have a reading book or a blue folder or both.  We read with the children at least four times a week, however, to aid their progress it would be great if they could also read at home.  Please complete their reading log books where applicable.


For those children receiving homework, this is usually issued on Thursdays - consisting of spellings, maths games and handwriting.  These are shared activities and we value your support in assisting your child with their homework.


Library day is a Monday.  Yr1 and 2 are able to take library books home.  They choose these independently from a selection of fiction and non-fiction books.  These are again to share - the expectation is not for your child to read this independently, but to share the book.  All books need to be back on the following Monday in order that your child can choose a new book.


In the autumn and winter months we often take the children on winter walks, therefore please could warm coats and wellingtons (we will keep the wellies here) be brought into school.