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Key Stage One

In Year 1 and Year 2 we follow the National Curriculum and prepare children for the 7+ entry into independent schools. 

The following subjects are taught in Key Stage 1:

Core subjects:
English Mathematics Science
Foundation subjects:
Art & Design Design Technology Information and Communication Technology
History Geography Music
Religious Education Physical Education Personal Health and Social Education

Subjects are taught through topics.  Foundation subjects and Science are taught in blocks so that children can immerse themselves in the topics.  Topics are linked through an overarching ‘umbrella’ theme to enable children to make connections across the curriculum and to experience breadth and depth in their learning.   In Year 1 the termly umbrella  themes for the year are Ourselves, Homes and Plants & Animals.  In Year 2 they are an Island Home, Transport and Health & the Environment.  


In phonics, children work each day with Phases 2-6 in ‘Letters & Sounds’.  We use fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama in reading schemes such as Storyworld, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat.  Children are heard to read independently and in guided reading groups. Children have daily handwriting practice, learning pre-cursive script in Year 1 and moving on to joined up writing in Year 2.  There is a weekly spelling list to learn.  Children are taught grammar, punctuation and  related vocabulary.

Writing is a complex process for children to master as they bring together skills in phonics, spelling, handwriting, grammar and punctuation, to write their own stories, keep diaries, record facts, make lists, label drawings and compose poetry.


Children learn maths through practical activities using equipment and mental maths, systematically building on their understanding and application skills.  They learn to count, add, subtract, multiply (2, 5 and 10 X tables initially, then 3 and 4), divide, they learn about tens and units, then hundreds, tens and units and beyond, solving problems and explaining their working out.  They spot patterns, use money, tell the time, measure and weigh for cooking, play games and solve puzzles.  They name 2D and 3D shapes and use them in tessellation and symmetrical patterns or to design and build architectural structures, cityscapes, space stations and fantasy worlds.


Children explore and investigate the world around them through real and practical observations and experiences.  Topics include people, animals and plants.  We visit the Science Museum, King Henry's Walk garden, Bradwell-on-Sea and enjoy live animal encounters and science-based theatre workshops.

Religious Education 

Children learn about the major religions in their RE lessons.  We warmly welcome children and parents who would like to share special faith celebrations with us.  We visit local places of worship and Year 2 children visit the Neasden Temple.

Personal Health and Social Education

In Circle Time, assemblies and throughout each day, we talk to children about important issues, for example, keeping safe and healthy, caring for living things, how to be a good friend. 

Specialist Teaching

Computing: Children are taught computing skills one-to-one and in groups with our ICT teacher.  They also use cameras, programmable toys, iPads, laptops and 4K Ultra HD interactive flat panels. 

Spanish: Our Spanish teacher uses games, stories, songs, rhymes and role play to introduce the children to Spanish words and phrases.

Music: Children learn singing and rhythm with our Music teacher each week and present a concert to parents at the end of each term.  Children in KS1 are all taught violin in small groups by our violin teachers who lead our strings programme. 

Physical Education: Children have weekly PE with the class teacher. Ball skills and dance are taught by specialist teachers.  In the summer term Year 2 children learn tap dancing.  

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