In Key Stage 1, we build on the successful learning experiences from Early Years. We follow the National Curriculum for England. This is a broad and balanced curriculum and our holistic approach develops each child in academic, aesthetic and personal areas of learning. Much of our curriculum is taught through a topic-based approach which ensures purposeful and enjoyable contexts for learning. Subjects covered include English, mathematics, science, geography, history, art, technology, computing, music, PE and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).
English, mathematics and science, as core subjects, are central to our academic programme. In English, we provide an environment rich in variety so our children can develop literacy skills in all aspects of language and communication. This unlocks the door to successful learning across the entire curriculum. In mathematics and science, we develop core knowledge of each subject, carefully scaffolding new learning on secure prior achievement. Deep and embedded learning can be characterised by the ability to then use and apply knowledge and skills in practical, everyday contexts. Developing this proficiency is one of our key aims.
Learning across all curricular areas encourages children to question and enquire. Problem solving and critical thinking are integral to our teaching strategies. Through this approach, we develop not only the skills and knowledge relevant to each subject and instil a zest for learning but also equip children with the ability to be successful and independent lifelong learners.