Key stage one education

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

Ofsted, 2017


Educating pupils in a 21st Century classroom

In key stage one, we offer a curriculum that gives each pupil 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 edcuation.

We aim to provide an environment that is academically challenging and builds each pupil's confidence, independence, creativity and motivation.

At Someries Infant School we offer our pupils the opportunity to learn in an immersive environment. Our displays are purposeful, to ensure pupils can use easily-accessible resources to develop their skills. Resourcing is state-of-the-art to ensure skills that we are meeting the needs of the 21st century pupil. Classrooms are organised so that pupils feel at home within their classroom and are comfortable to learn and achieve their best. Each classroom is equipped with a 'learning hub' which is used by staff to address misconceptions and deliver a tailored educational experience to make sure each pupil succeeds.

Within key stage one, learning concentrates on ten national curriculum subjects which are split between core and foundation area.

The core areas of the national curriculum are:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • science

The foundation areas of the national curriculum 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

Pupils will also learn about:

  • diversity and equality
  • british values
  • Democracy and values

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.

Prime Learning Challenges

Someries Infant School are proud of our tailored, progressive and dynamic curriuclum. After extensive research into how pupils learn effectively, we have developed a new program for learning called Prime Learning Challenges. Prime Learning Challenge are learning questions or challenges which stem from assessments of the whole child and form the focus for all learning. These are equally determined by the pupils interests to ensure that they are engaging. Prime Learning Challenge questions drive learning forward in manageable episodes. Lessons respond to what pupils will need to learn in order to answer the Prime Learning Challenge and form the foundations for the week’s teaching and learning. As pupils work through each Prime Learning Challenge, evidence of what they have learned displayed on Learning Walls and is contained with Prime Learning Challenge folders. This collection of work is individual to each pupil, they are facilitated to take ownership of their work and value what they have worked on or made.