In Key Stage 1 (KS1) at The Blue Coat School the teaching programme is loosely based on the National Curriculum but with much more flexibility and room for independent thought and the exploration of topical issues. Progressing from the skills acquired in the EYFS, literacy and numeracy are further developed as key components of the teaching programme.

In Year 1 the children’s school day is structured.  They have a Maths and English lesson each morning and other subjects are taught in the afternoons.  This is the first time that they have been taught specific subjects and so it is a new challenge for them.  The curriculum is carefully planned and structured to foster links between the different subjects.  They are encouraged to explore and find out things for themselves.

In Year 2 the work becomes more challenging for the children as they are prepared for the transfer to Prep. They are encouraged to become more independent and they learn to organise themselves and their belongings.

The majority of the curriculum in KS1 is taught by the Class Teacher with support from the Teaching Assistants, but some lessons such as PE, games, swimming and music are taught by specialist teachers.

All subjects are made as hands-on as possible to make these early experiences unforgettable and rewarding. Our topics are reviewed and altered from year to year to ensure our curriculum is current, innovative and exciting. Most half terms include a ‘Wow’ day linked to the topic to inspire the children to learn more.

Pupils are offered exciting opportunities across a broad range of academic, creative sporting and social activities. They acquire new knowledge, grasp new concepts and progress according to their ability, so increasing their understanding and developing their skills in the subjects taught. They have a wide range of co-curricular activities that they can take part in. They can also start learning a musical instrument such as the Piano, Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Singing or Drums with the addition of Trumpet and Guitar from Year 2.