Key Stage 1

The Key Stage 1 Curriculum Overview

In Key Stage One, we follow the National Curriculum. Our learning is organised into half termly themes which reflect our children’s interests. Wherever possible, each curriculum subject is linked to the current theme, including Science, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Music and Art. During our RE teaching we work hard to ensure that all world religions are covered. We plan themed immersion afternoons where the children participate in a range of practical activities which support our learning. All children have two weekly PE sessions with our designated sports coaches.

The National Curriculum for Key Stage One can be found below, along with details of the curriculum for each term.

The Key Stage 1 curriculum is split into three topics each year following a 2 year rolling programme.

Year 1 Topics

Autumn  – All about me and The Jolly Postman - A Toy's story
Spring  – Arctic Adventures and Gardeners World
Summer  – Animal Magic and Africa

Year 2 Topics

Autumn  – London - Rats and Fire!
Spring  – Explorers and Pirates
Summer  – Milton Keynes to Mumbai and Superheroes

Each topic is taught through a story and the children are fully emerged in these topics which is integrated into every curriculum subject and the experiences provided for the children.

English in Year 1 and 2

Across Year 1 and 2 children cover a range of text types in their English lessons. These units include, instructions, poetry, riddles, traditional tales, stories by the same author, stories with familiar settings, extended stories, information and explanation texts and Non-chronological reports. Throughout these units we use the ‘Talk for Writing’ technique which enables the children to fully explore each text type before the writing stage. Whole class Guided Reading takes place during the English Lesson and links to the text type being explored during lesson time.

Read, Write, Inc Programme

In Giffard Park Primary School phonics is taught daily across each year group. These lessons are taught using the ‘Letters and Sounds Programme’ which is split into individual phases. Children in Year 1 and 2 are taught phonics together in small groups lead by either a Teacher or TA. Children are grouped according to the phase level that is appropriate for them and working with children in a different year group allows them to challenge and learn from each other.

Maths in Year 1 and 2 

In Giffard Park Primary School we use the White Rose Scheme of Learning to plan for the children’s learning in each year group. In Year 1 and 2 we cover a range of topics in each type and build upon children’s skills throughout the year. These topics include place value, addition and subtraction, multiplication and division, geometry, measure and fractions. Children have regular independent maths sessions each week which allows them to apply the skills they have been taught. . Each half term, children are given Key Instant Recall Facts (KIRFs) to practise and learn. These are sent home on parent support sheets and include practical ideas to assist your child in grasping the key facts. The KIRFs are also practised in school and then the children are assessed at the end of each half term.  In addition to this, the children have three extra fluency sessions per week, focusing on arithmetic, mental maths and number magnitude.

For Religious Education we follow the Milton Keynes Agreed Syllabus for RE. Please see the Religious Education page.

For PE please see the PE curriculum under the PE page.

For further information please speak to your child's class teacher or Phase Leader.


Each term children will receive a ‘Takeaway Homework’ filled with a range of projects covering English, Maths and Topic units. All homework projects link to the main topic for that term and children have a choice over which homework projects they choose to complete and how they complete it. As well as this the expectation is that children read daily at home and practice weekly spellings linked to their phonics learning. 

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