Key Stage One

The Key Stage One Curriculum at Chater Infant School

Key Stage One (KS1) covers the period of learning for children in Year One and Year Two.  At Chater Infant School we adhere to The National Curriculum which forms one part of the school curriculum.

The National Curriculum consists of the core and foundation subjects. The core subjects are English, Maths and Science. The foundation subjects include Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach Religious Education (R.E.).   R.E. is not a National Curriculum subject, but is taught to all pupils as part of the statutory curriculum. Planning and delivery of the R.E. Curriculum is based on the Hertfordshire Agreed Syllabus.

From September 2019, it will be compulsory to teach Sex Relationship Education (SRE) to pupils in primary education. SRE is incorporated in our Science and Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) curriculum and is taught in an age appropriate manner and particularly to support children to keep themselves safe.   All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.

Topic-led Approach

At Chater Infant School the KS1 curriculum has been designed to ensure that every child can achieve their learning potential.   As a culturally rich and diverse school with over 40 languages spoken and a majority of children speaking English as an additional language we believe that our children will learn best through a topic-led approach.   The KS1 topics have been carefully chosen to ensure that there is progression between year groups as well as progression of learning throughout the year. Through our topics, we ensure that there is challenge and purposeful learning.   The topics are motivating and inspiring to ensure that pupils are actively engaged with their learning. The topic-led approach enables our pupils to make more links with what they are learning about through connecting learning across a range of National Curriculum subjects.   Therefore, children will be able to develop, broaden and make links with new and topic vocabulary.   The teaching of English runs through all topics using a wide range of books (fiction, non-fiction or poetry) to engage our pupils. Other subjects across the curriculum are incorporated into the topic ensuring that our children have access to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Year 1 Topics

Autumn termAll About Me  Spring termMonsters and Dinosaurs Summer termPlants
Autumn term London & Toys  Spring term Pirates Summer termAnimals


Year 2 Topics

Autumn termCastles  Spring termTinga Tinga Summer termSuperheroes
Autumn term Guy Fawkes & Watford  Spring term Living Things and Habitats Summer termKeeping Healthy