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National Curriculum in Key Stage 1

National Curriculum Information for KS 1

The Government has released a New National Curriculum which was implemented for Year 1 in September and will be for year 2 in September 2015.

 The National Curriculum is planned to:

“provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.”

Department for Education 2014

The focus of the National Curriculum on the deepening of learning and the mastery of skills, matches our own aims and ethos to enable all pupils to feel confident in their learning and to be able to demonstrate knowledge in a variety of memorable situations.

We strive to provide all children with an individualised learning approach - an ‘extra layer of support’ which strengthens understanding. Enabling learning through the most creative and hands-on approach provides opportunities for the demonstration of the learning process and this the strengthening of skills.

 Our achievement of the Artsmark Gold Award demonstrates our commitment to this creative approach.


Throughout years 1 and 2 we continue to challenge and stimulate all children, building on skills gained in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) through excellent teaching in a learning environment that is positive, rich and draws on the experiences and talents of all individuals through a broad and balanced curriculum.

Success is made explicit to the children through discussions about current learning and ways to improve. This conversation is reinforced with support in books and rewards that link to our current school priorities.

We feel it is also important to model and create opportunities where children face difficulties and even failure. Helping the children cope with challenges, ’have a go’ and not be afraid to make mistakes is an extremely important skill. We encourage the children to be proud of the work they produce and presentation is of a high standard.  The children love sharing their work across the school and celebration assemblies, as well as cross class, and cross school opportunities give children a growing confidence in themselves; and teach the skill to recognise and celebrate skills in others.

Planning in Key Stage 1

In order to plan their teaching, teachers start from a thorough knowledge of the children's existing knowledge, skills and understanding, and be clear about the learning outcomes they intend children to achieve.

As well as thorough assessment within each year as children move through the school teachers will build on knowledge and skills gained from assessments in the previous stage of learning: in Key Stage 1 building on the information from the Foundation Stage Profile.

In planning, connections are made between the subjects and links to encourage the learning of skills in one way followed by opportunities to apply these skills to new and different contexts. In this way we are responding to the National Curriculum focus on deepening and mastering skills.

Lessons are planned to build on children’s experience of speaking and listening. The more confident children are with words, expressions, ideas and different types of language, the better they will make sense of what they are learning.

At St Alphege and Sunbeams we strive to plan an ‘irresistible’ curriculum that meets the needs of every child, and provides memorable learning experiences that really give them the best start in their life long educational journey.