Key Stage 1 Curriculum


During Key Stage 1, pupils learn to speak confidently and listen to what others have to say. They begin to read and write independently and with enthusiasm. They use language to explore their own experiences and imaginary worlds. Teachers ensure that work in the three areas of ‘speaking and listening’, ‘reading’ and ‘writing’ are integrated into their Literacy planning.


During Key Stage 1, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematics through practical activity, exploration and discussion. They learn to count, read, write and order numbers to 100 and beyond. They develop a range of mental calculation skills and use these confidently in different settings. They learn about shape and space through practical activity which builds on their understanding of their immediate environment. They begin to grasp mathematical language, using it to talk about their methods and explain their reasoning when solving problems.

Physical Education

In Key Stage 1, pupils build on their natural enthusiasm for movement, using it to explore and learn about their world. They start to work and play with other pupils in pairs and small groups. By watching, listening and experimenting, they develop their skills in movement and coordination, and enjoy expressing and testing themselves in a variety of situations.


Pupils develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. They learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment. They begin to understand colour, shape, space, pattern and texture and use them to represent their ideas and feelings.


Pupils listen carefully and respond physically to a wide range of music. They play musical instruments and sing a variety of songs from memory, adding accompaniments and creating short compositions, with increasing confidence, imagination and control. They explore and enjoy how sounds and silence can create different moods and effects.

Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT)

At AISJ we aim to integrate ICT into other curriculum subjects. This is often through using computers as a vehicle for research projects or to support subject teaching through educational programmes and games. Each classroom is equipped with a computer linked to a screen so that educational programmes linked with Numeracy, Literacy or IPC can be shared with the whole class. This provides a visual learning tool for students.