Key Stage 1

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The curriculum for Key Stage 1 builds on the enjoyment for learning fostered in the Early Years Foundation Stage. The National Curriculum underpins teaching and learning and provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers develop exciting and stimulating projects to promote the development of children’ knowledge, understanding and skills in the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science and the foundation subjects; Computing, History, Geography, Physical Education, Art and Design, Design and Technology and Music. We promote learning through a range of exciting projects that bring alive the National Curriculum. These projects – designed to make learning meaningful – enable all children to learn through positive experiences and hands-on activities.

Year 1 sees the transition from the Early Years’ Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1 during the first term in Year 1. The play-based approach to learning continues, with a progression in skills and challenge, ensuring that learning is engaging. There remains an emphasis on ‘child initiated’ learning with access to educational toys and computers, role-play opportunities, practical and fun activities, and occasions to enjoy the outside area. We continue to develop the phonic awareness and reading skills that have been introduced in Reception and build on the abilities of each individual. Whilst core skills in numeracy and literacy remain at the forefront of teaching and learning, as the year progresses, children are gradually introduced to the other curriculum subjects. Writing is extended at this stage and other subjects such as Science, Technology, History, Geography, Art and Music are further developed and taught across the curriculum in termly projects. This enables the children to absorb the work in a meaningful and purposeful way and allows them to be able to relate their learning in Maths, for example, with the work they may be doing in History.

Year 2 acts as a springboard into Key Stage 2 and a broader education. Children are introduced to an increasing range of subjects and are encouraged to employ new techniques: problem solving, using their initiative and developing into individuals who ‘think outside the box’.

Building on the skills and knowledge acquired in Year 1, Year 2 sees children further develop their numeracy and literacy skills with continued emphasis on practical sessions to extend their understanding. Literacy lessons focus on a variety of genre, covering different children’s authors, poets and drama; all acting as a springboard for creative thinking and writing. Science assumes an investigative approach where children develop their skills using equipment and experiments.

Music, PE and Spanish is taught by subject specialists throughout Key Stage 1 with French introduced as an additional modern language in Year 2. Find out more about Languages in Key Stage 1.


Throughout Years 1 and 2 the children are encouraged to develop their learning style which will enables them to fully access the broad school curriculum.  Different styles of learning are acknowledged, enabling children to work practically as well as mentally and to work individually as well as in group settings.Teaching assistants are allocated to each class in Key Stage 1 and help with reading, group work and tasks set for individual children.

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