When we talk about ‘Key Stage’ this is a term used to class the four stages in school, after reception is Key Stage 1. Key Stage 1 is the two years of schooling in primary schools which covers year one and two (in England and Wales). You will be dealing with children in the age range of 5-7 years old, you will be there for the very beginning of a child’s education.
What You Can Expect!
As a Teaching Assistant in Key Stage 1 you will be expected to help the teaching of multiple subjects, the core ones being Maths, English and Science. With these subjects you can also be expected to help teach the children the following:
- Design and Technology
- Art and Design
- Physical Education (which includes swimming)
- Religious Education
- Modern Foreign Languages
And some schools also often teach:
- Personal, Social And Health Education (PSHE)
This is where you will be explaining and teaching children on how to stay safe, looking after themselves ad also living a healthy lifestyle. This also covers mental health and social interactions on how to understand other people’s feelings and emotions.
This is another option subject in school that is similar to PSHE but instead allows pupils to explore debating, critical thinking, politics and law.
This will be taught at a basic level, and each school can decide what language will be taught, for example, French or German.
How you will be Teaching
At Key Stage 1 you will be using your time over the two years, assisting in getting the pupils ready for their SATs. While covering all other subject the core subjects of English (Reading and Grammar) and maths will be tested which will impact them going forwards in there schooling. To find more about what a general role of a Teaching Assistant you can read more about it here.
Qualifications You’ll Need
As a Key Stage 1 assistant, qualifications are crucial to getting a job in this industry. With this, it is as essential to have experience in a schooling environment. So, if you want to become an assistant for Key Stage 1 or an assistant of any year, The Training Room can help. You can achieve a nationally recognised qualification with the addition of a work placement, pairing you up with our ever-growing list of corporate partners.
Our Teaching Assistant courses can be done in around 3-6 months, and as it’s an e-learning based course, you can learn at your own pace whenever it suits you. When the course is completed, you will receive the following qualifications:
- TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (RQF)
- TQUK Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Autism
- TQUK Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
And additional qualification with our Professional course of:
- ABC Award Level 3 Special Educational Needs (SEN)
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