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The Key Stage 1 Curriculum at

Manea Community Primary School


Curriculum Coverage

In Key Stage 1 we ensure that in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, the National Curriculum objectives for for Year 1 and Year 2 are delivered to the children in line with the year group they are currently in. For the Foundation subjects, we have a two-year rolling cycle so that by the time the children finish the Key Stage, they have covered the objectives for both year groups. 


Please click below to see each year group's objectives for the core subjects of English, Maths and Science:

Please click below to see our two year rolling programme for the Foundation subjects:

Core Texts

Each half-term, our learning across the curriculum is based around a core quality text. Some recent examples of this have been 'Beegu', 'Peter Pan', 'Elmer' and 'Farmer Duck'. 


The majority of our learning in Literacy is based around our core text and we work creatively to ensure that the children study all key text types. For example, in Autumn 2 2020, our core text was 'The Jolly Christmas Postman'. Not only did this allow us to learn about fiction and traditional tales, but we were also able to work on letter writing and list writing.


Within Literacy, we plan units of work using the three stage cycle. In stage 1 of the cycle, we will explore and enjoy the text type we are focusing on. In stage 2, we will gather information and plan our own writing within that text type. In stage 3, we will write and then edit our work. A unit, comprising of stages 1, 2 and 3, will typically last between three and four weeks. 


For our Maths learning in Key Stage 1, we follow the guidance set out in the White Rose scheme. We love White Rose because it breaks Maths learning down into 'small steps' to help the children make progress, and also has a clear focus on the application of skills and the concept of Maths 'mastery'. 




Please click on the link below to find out more about White Rose Maths:

Phonics, Guided Reading and Handwriting

Due to our mixed year group structure, we are able to group our children according to the current level they are working at in Phonics, regardless of whether they are in Year 1 or Year 2. Miss Denton teaches our children who are working at Phase 2, Mrs Meager teaches our children working at Phases 3 and 4, and Mrs Johnson teaches our children working at Phases 5 and 6. Straight after our Phonics session each day, we stay in our Phonics groups to access Guided Reading and Handwriting. We are finding this to be very beneficial to the children, as they are immediately able to apply the Phonic skills they have been taught and access texts and activities at a level appropriate to them. 


This does not mean that we cap any child's learning in any way; the children then swap back into their class groups for the rest of the day and are exposed to all the Phonic phases through our daily Literacy lessons and daily Tier 2 Story Times. 


Please visit our Year 1 & 2 Class Page to find out how we deliver Phonics in Key Stage 1:


Continuous Provision and Busy Learning

If you have a child in Reception or Key Stage 1 at Manea Community Primary School, you will undoubtedly have heard them talking about 'Busy Learning'. 'Busy Learning' is our name for an increasingly popular form of teaching and learning called 'continuous provision'. At Manea Community Primary School, we have been advocates for continuous provision for many years and run this approach across Early Years and Key Stage 1. During their 'Busy Learning' periods each day, the children are given the autonomy and independence to apply the skills they have been taught in ways that interest and engage them. For example, you will undoubtedly find children out in the Manea Mud Kitchen, creating dishes and then writing lists of ingredients, recipes and restaurant reviews. You will also find children in our outdoor Loose Parts area, building on a large scale and then drawing and labelling what they have made, or writing descriptive captions. In the classroom, children have access to a range of areas including the Making Table, the Maths Area, the Block Area, the Reading Area and the Writing Table. 


If you would like to find out more about our continuous provision, please click the link below to visit our Year 1 & 2 class page: