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Key Stage One Curriculum

Subjects such as geography, history and science weave seamlessly through the curriculum. The 'Prime Learning Challenge' questions ensures these links are strong.

Ofsted, 2017

At Someries, we offer a curriculum that gives each child the opportunity to acquire the social skills and a knowledge and understanding of the world that will adequately prepare them for the next stage of their learning and ultimately later life.

We aim to provide an environment that is academically challenging and builds the confidence, independence, creativity and motivation of every child.

Within Key Stage One, learning concentrates on ten curriculum subjects split between core and foundation subjects.

The core subjects are:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • science

The foundation subjects are:

  • art and design
  • computing
  • design and technology
  • geography
  • history
  • music
  • physical education

Other curriculum subjects include

  • personal, social, health and economic education
  • religious education

Read about what is taught within each of these subjects

Learning Phases

Our curriculum is divided into three learning phases called:

  • Discover Learning Phase
  • Explore Learning Phase
  • Create Learning Phase

Within each learning phase, planned Prime Learning Challenges form the basis of teaching and learning within the curriculum subjects in Key Stage one.

Within each learning phase, Prime Learning Challenges within Key Stage One will focus on the curriculum subjects identified below. Please click on the links on the left to read more detailed information about what children will learn in each subject throughout Key Stage One.

Discover

Explore

Create

English

Mathematics

Science

History

Religious Education

Science

Computing

Design technology

Geography

Art and design

Music

Physical Education

Prime Learning Challenges

Prime Learning Challenge questions, which stem from assessments of the whole child, form the focus for all learning. Every week a learning challenge question stems from the overarching Prime Learning Challenge and drives learning forward in manageable episodes. Weekly learning challenge questions are provided by children in response to what they think they will need to learn in order to answer the Prime Learning Challenge and form the foundations for the week’s teaching and learning. As children answer their own questions through carefully planned lessons, their evidence is displayed on Learning Walls.

Inspire Days

An inspire day is planned at the beginning of each Prime Learning Challenge to stimulate interest and create opportunities for children to devise questions relating to the chosen content of the learning challenge. Careful planning ensures the Inspire Day is a useful springboard for imaginative and creative ideas. As part of the Inspire Day, each child considers a question they wish to be answered and is given the opportunity to discuss any ideas they have. Skill coverage is considered and the Inspire Day reflects this. As a result of the inspire day, prior knowledge, skills and understanding are gathered to assess the pitch and expectations of each Prime Learning Challenge and this is displayed on Learning Walls.

Prove It! sessions

A Prove It! session is planned at the end of each Prime Learning Challenge to provide children with an opportunity to express and ‘prove’ to their Class Teacher what they have learned. Careful planning ensures Prove It! sessions are a useful springboard for imaginative and creative ideas.