Key Stage 1

Welcome to the Key Stage 1 Curriculum page

Throughout Key Stage 1 we build on the children's previous learning from Reception. This model provides the framework for our curriculum throughout the school. We teach the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science in addition to the foundation subjects, Computing, History, Geography, Design Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE Wherever possible, the subjects are taught through topics, which provide quality time for children to learn and to express their ideas. The organisation of the curriculum gives us a systematic approach to the teaching of key skills for Literacy and Mathematics as well as the application of Computing. 

We provide a wide range of learning situations and cater for different learning styles so that differing needs of the children can be met, ensuring full access to the curriculum for every child). Children enjoy learning through an exciting and engaging curriculum that is enriched through school trips, themed weeks such as Art or Book week and extra curricular activities. We arrange for numerous special events which stimulate the interest of the children such as visits from storytellers, authors and musicians. Information about school events and curricular activities can be found on our website.


Our aim is to develop children’s competence in the programme of study of Word Reading and Comprehension. Phonics is taught in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 using the Ruth Miskin Read, Write Inc. phonics programme. 

We use a range of reading schemes and children are allocated and work through colour banded books of different reading skill levels as they progress through the school. Each colour band includes a variety of fiction and non fiction books. The children are also taught through shared reading of a text as well as daily story times.


Writing is taught through our termly topics and is developed through the use of high quality reading texts and first hand experiences.

We aim to develop pupils’ competence in the accuracy of grammar, punctuation and spelling and the structure of text composition. Children are taught the skills of planning for an extended piece of writing, organising their work coherently and the processes of evaluation and editing.


In line with the National Curriculum, mathematics teaching at Cheam Common Infants’ School aims to develop children’s fluency, reasoning and problem solving. We follow a ‘Mastery’ approach which gives all children the opportunity to deepen their mathematical understanding, making connections and reason mathematically through varied and stimulating lessons. 

Lessons include varied mathematical representations, practical resources and opportunities for children to communicate mathematically when justifying, proving and explaining their thinking.

We believe that children can truly succeed when their learning experiences are carefully planned to match their needs so that everyone experiences appropriate levels of both challenge and achievement. We aim to ensure that every child has the opportunity to fulfil their potential through a carefully planned, differentiated curriculum, which ensures the mastering of basic skills and the experience of a broad and balanced range of experiences.