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KS1 Curriculum

The National Curriculum starts at Keystage 1 (Year 1 and 2 in the infants) and continues through to Keystage 2 (Years 3-6 in the juniors) and on into secondary education. It builds on the learning that has gone on in the foundation stage.

Curriculum Subjects

Schools have a statutory responsibility to fulfil the requirements laid out by the National Curriculum. Copies of the National Curriculum are held in the office and are available to see by arrangement.

It is also available via the internet

The curriculum at Keystage 1 includes the following subject areas:-

The Core Subjects

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science

The Foundation Subjects

  • Art and Design
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • PE

In addition to the National Curriculum, Religious Education (RE) is taught as required by the 1996 Education Act and is a core subject

Schools are expected to make provision for Personal, Social and Health & Economic Education as an integral part of school life.

These subject areas form a broad and balanced curriculum. The subjects are not always separated but may be integrated, as children may be learning or practising more than one skill through one activity. Activities planned will cater for different abilities within the class by adjusting the activities or by the expected outcome.

Topic Approach

We use a topic approach as a framework for planning and teaching the national curriculum. The topics enable children to develop key skills whilst covering important curriculum content in a more interesting and cross curricular way. Each year group plans the topic that they are going to teach each term.

The skills and knowledge taught come from the National Curriculum and are organised in a cross curricular way to incorporate learning in Science, Geography, History, Design & Technology, Art and PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education).

Links are made to Literacy, Maths, RE, PE and Music when possible.

Where there are no clear cross curricular links, subjects continue to be taught in a discrete way.


The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils: become fluent in maths and can recall and apply mathematics accurately reason mathematically can solve problems by applying their mathematics The lesson structure may vary from day to day and may consist of whole class or group activities based on a key learning objective. …


Literacy is now taught through the revised Primary National Strategy and each class has a daily literacy lesson which incorporates whole class teaching and group activities. There are four main aspects of language which are: Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing. The Literacy curriculum is structured under 12 strands of learning as shown below. Speaking Listening …


The school aims to develop the natural curiosity of children through careful observation and first hand experiences. In this way the children are able to develop the skills, attitudes, concepts and understanding necessary to equip them for the scientific world in which they live. The science curriculum is divided into the following areas:- Working Scientifically …


Computing Curriculum Map At Brookland Infant and Nursery School Computing is taught using the Herts for Learning Computing Scheme which adheres to the National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and the Early Years Outcomes for technology. Children are taught how to be safe in the digital world and part  of our safeguarding responsibility is to …

Foundation Subjects

Art and Design The children have many opportunities to develop artistic skills through the use of a variety of materials and in a range of settings. Children will develop their creativity and imagination by exploring visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They will use drawing, painting and sculpture and will develop different …

Additional Subjects

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship PSHE acts like a thread that runs through the whole structure of the school and the curriculum. Children learn about themselves as developing individuals and as members of the school and wider community. They have opportunities to show that they can take some responsibility for themselves and …