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Key Stage 1

In Key Stage One children follow the National Curriculum as introduced by the government in September 2014. The National Curriculum is designed to provide children with the knowledge, skills and understanding that they will require in future.


The National Curriculum provides statutory programmes of study for each subject as children progress through their educational journey.


Compulsory national curriculum subjects in Key Stage One are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Design and technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Computing


Religious Education is taught at Priory Common as outlined in the Milton Keynes agreed syllabus although parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or any part of Religious Education.


At Priory Common, we want to challenge our children to become independent, well-rounded individuals who take ownership of their learning and become deep thinkers. With this reason in mind we have chosen to follow the Chris Quigley Essential Curriculum which sets out essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required to cover all subjects of the National Curriculum.


One of the primary reasons why we have chosen to adopt this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of each child’s learning.  This means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply skills which they have learnt independently in a wide range of contexts throughout the designated learning environments.


Alongside the Essential Curriculum we use the Read Write Inc programme to teach daily phonics across the whole school.  This programme allows our children to quickly learn to recognise sounds and blends which helps them become fluent and confident readers.


Each year group in Key Stage One have a classroom base, a shared area, a learning den and an outdoor classroom.  These areas are used all year round to support our delivery of the National Curriculum.


More information can be found within the class pages

KS1 Curriculum Overview

KS1 Mathematics Overview

KS1 English Overview