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Keystage 1 Curriculum

The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum starts at Keystage 1 (infants) and continues through to Keystage 2 (Juniors) and on into Keystage 3-4 (Secondary). It builds on the learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. All community and foundation schools must follow the National Curriculum and deliver it through their own offer.

Brookland Infant and Nursery School Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to offer breadth and balance for all areas of learning through a book based approach. High quality texts have been chosen to reflect the interests of the children or to inspire them in new ways. Together we explore the texts in depth, reading, discussing, researching, and thus developing a secure understanding of the learning.

The skills, knowledge and vocabulary for all subjects are sequenced across the school from Nursery onwards, so that children can build upon prior experiences or knowledge. Our curriculum also helps children develop a growth mind-set leading to the acquisition of good learning behaviours and emotional resillience.

The National Curriculum is organised on the basis of ‘core’ and ‘other foundation’ subjects. In Keystage 1 they are:


Core Subjects

Foundation Subjects

English Computing
Maths Geography
Science History
Physical Education
Design and Technology
Art and Design
Religious Education
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) /
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

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 an activity. Activities planned will cater for different abilities within the class by adjusting the activities or by the expected outcome. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) acts like a thread that runs through the whole structure of the school and the curriculum.

Art and Design

Our children will 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 techniques using …

Design and Technology

We aim to foster creative creativity and will give the children opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. Discussion will be used to help plan ideas and make ‘mock ups’ in the designing process, including evaluating and improving products according to likes and dislikes.  Our children will be taught …


We aim to inspire a curiosity in our children’s local area and the wider world around them. We will share our own experiences of different countries, climates and cultures, while exploring and learning about new and exciting places in our world. We want our children to be proud of our school and their local community. …


We aim to encourage our children to develop an understanding and appreciation of the past and how this differs from today.  Our children will be inspired to be curious about the past, developing their own ideas, opinions and questions. They will use subject specific vocabulary when offering their ideas and posing their questions. They will …


Through a love of music we want to develop our children’s creativity and their ability to listen and enjoy. We will introduce them to a wide variety of music during music sessions and also in assemblies. They will learn a variety of songs and these, along with other aspects of the curriculum, may be used …

Physical Education

TEAM – Together Everyone Achieves More Our school aims to inspire all children to develop a love of physical activity and sport. Through good physical education, whole school values and a whole child approach, we aim to nurture confident, resilient children who will strive for their personal best. We want to aid our children in …

Religious Education


Vision We seek to provide children with an enthusiasm for mathematical learning which will give them a base to become lifelong fluent mathematicians. We will support children in exploring their natural curiosity and desire to problem solve so they can master the skills and steps required to have a deep understanding of mathematical concepts. We …


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 …


At Brookland Infant and Nursery School we recognise that Science is an exciting subject area which directly, and indirectly, influences all aspects of everyday life. Young children are naturally curious and passionate about learning and in Science we aim to stimulate a child’s curiosity in finding out why things happen in the way they do. …


Our aim is to provide every child who passes through our school the opportunity to explore ICT and learn to use it confidently. All children will have access to a range of hardware and software that will be updated as appropriate. They will be able to use their computing skills across the curriculum, linking into …

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Sex and Relationship Education (SRE)

To deliver a well-balanced, creative and ambitious RSE and PSHE curriculum that promotes the development of the holistic child and meets the needs of every child here at Brookland Infants and Nursery School, we have recently adopted JIGSAW as our chosen scheme. So… – WELCOME TO JIGSAW! Intent– Why do we teach PSHE? PSHE helps …