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Key Stage 1


Children in Key Stage 1 follow the Letters and Sounds scheme for phonics.

Reading books are colour banded according to their level.

Children are benchmarked in reading regularly throughout the year to ensure that the children are reading at the correct level.

Children also work in a cross-curricular way and incorporate their skills into other subjects.



We teach Maths using the Singapore Maths approach in Years 1 -5. Here is a link to the Maths No Problem website where you will find useful videos to watch which describe the teaching methods used.

You can download our long term planning document for mathematics in Key Stage 1 here.

There are many good websites to help develop maths skills. There is a list below. For usernames and passwords, please speak to your class teacher.


NRich Maths

BBC Bitesize

Maths is Fun



Other Subjects*


Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 1

Who am I? (History)


Why are humans not like tigers? (Science)

Where do we live? (Geography)

Who were the great explorers? (History)


Which materials should the three little pigs use to buid their house? (Science)

How does your garden grow? (Science)

How do the seasons change? (Science)

Where shall we go on holiday? (Science)
Year 2

What do Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole have in common? (History)


What is our school made of? (Science)

How do animals and humans grow? (Science)

What is in my local area? (Geography)

How did the Great Fire of London Start? (History)


How can we grow our own salad? (Science)

What lives in our school grounds? (Science)

What is it like to live in Sydney? (Geography)


What lives in Australia? (Science)

* All topics are subject to change.


Religious Education

Over the course of an academic year, children in Key Stage 1 study aspects of Christianity and Islam. This knowledge and understanding builds up over the years as different aspects of the faiths are explored.


Children at Sandilands follow the National Curriculum in other subjects. A brief analysis of each subject can be seen below. For more information about the national curriculum, please click here.


Art and Design

The art and design curriculum aims to allow children to: produce creative work; become proficient in art, craft and design techniques; evaluate and analyse creative works and understand the historical and cultural development of a range of art forms.



The computing curriculum aims to allow children to: understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science; analyse problems in computational terms; evaluate and apply information technology; be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.


Design and Technology

The design and technology curriculum aims to allow children to: design and make high-quality prototypes and products; evaluate and test their ideas and products and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.



The languages curriculum aims to allow children to: understand and respond to spoken and written language; speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity; write at varying length and discover and develop an appreciation of a range of writing in the language studied.



The music curriculum aims to allow children to: perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions; learn to sing and to use their voices, and have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument and understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.


Physical Education

The PE curriculum aims to allow children to: develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities; be physically active for sustained periods of time; engage in competitive sports and activities and lead healthy, active lives.