The Key Stage 1 Themed Curriculum

The curriculum for our children in Years 1 and 2 consolidates on learning achieved in the Foundation Stage and enables pupils to attain a smooth transition in Year 1 to our thematic curriculum rooted in the age related expectations of the National Curriculum.

The Key Stage 1 Curriculum is underpinned by the need to develop strong reading skills which are taught through our systematic approach to the teaching of synthetic phonics (letters and sounds, see Phonics curriculum tab)) and numeracy  through our cyclical approach to the teaching of Mathematics through our ‘Maths No Problem - Maths Mastery’ programme of study (see Mathematics curriculum tab).

Foundation subjects at Lisle Marsden Church of England Primary Academy are planned and delivered through a themed curriculum tailored to meet the needs and interests of our children.  We believe that the more real the learning experience, the more likely it is that they will engage. In order to motivate the children with the themes chosen, we therefore use a range of stimuli such as visits, visitors, artefacts, videos, situations, plays etc.

Essential Learning is identified and themes are selected in order to meet and exceed the coverage of objectives set out in the 2014 National Curriculum. Each theme lasts between a half and one term.  Chris Quigley materials are used as a planning aid, and teachers plan in year groups to meet the requirements for each learning milestone. 

In Key Stage One our cross curricular thematic Programmes of Study are aimed at all pupils completing ‘Milestone 1’ therefore achieving age related expectations as determined in the National Curriculum by the time pupils complete Year 2.

Initially, teachers plan for only the first 50% of each theme, and as they approach the end of this period the children are encouraged to input their ideas in order to steer where the learning will go next.  It is at this point that classes and year groups may take different directions within the theme to best meet the requirements of the children in their own class.  This gives pupils the time to explore their own chosen lines of enquiry, embedding the Curriculum Driver and also allows for pupils who may need extra time to understand.

We plan our lessons with clear learning objectives. We take these objectives from the 2014 National Curriculum and Chris Quigley Essentials materials.

Half termly and termly plans can be downloaded below which show the breadth of learning opportunities planned for the children. Should parents wish to know more about the curriculum they can contact their child’s class teacher or alternatively call the academy on 01472 311040 to speak to one of the Leaders of Learning or member of the Head’s Team.