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Key Stage One

English and Maths are taught daily in mixed ability classes following the guidelines from The National Curriculum 2014. Children are set for Letters and Sounds based on the phonics phase they are accessing.

In the afternoons topic is taught with a strong focus on applying Literacy skills. Topic covers science, art and design, computing, design and teachnology, geography, history, music and PE (physical education).  Topic is linked to the book we are studying in English. We teach RE (religious education) following the Local Authority Scheme.

The topics this year are:

  Year 1 Year 2
Autumn Term

 Traditional Tales

(including The Three Little Pigs and The Gruffalo)

Castles, Knights and Princesses

with a focus on traditional tales.

Spring Term Space

Film and Theatre

Summer Term Africa

Jungles, Plant and Animals

with a focus on tales from another culture.

We also enjoying learning around whole school mini-topic and themes:

Autumn Term

Road Safety Week


Fire Safety

Celebrations: Diwali and Christmas

Spring Term

e-safety week

World Book week

Celebrations: Chinese New Year and Easter

Summer Term

International Schools Focus


Children also receive two sessions of P.E per week as well as daily handwriting and guided reading sessions.

As part of PPA one afternoon a week the children take part in various activities, these include;

  • First aid
  • Computing
  • Art
  • Gardening and food technology

Each course lasts for six weeks.

To further extend our children’s skills and experience we use ‘The Mantle of the Expert’. This is a dramatic-inquiry based approach to teaching and learning. The idea is that the class do their curriculum work as if they are an imagined group of experts. Through activities and tasks, the children gradually take on some of the same kinds of responsibilities, problems and challenges that real archaeologists, scientists and librarians might do in the real world.

Year 1 and 2 children currently engage with a ‘Mantle of the Expert’ every term.

If you wish to find out more about our curriculum please speak to the class teachers who will gladly answer any questions you may have.

Queen Mary Avenue Infant School works closely with a number of external agencies to further enhance our children’s learning through visits and school based workshops.

Children are encouraged to read at home daily and are asked to complete a Maths or English piece of homework once a week.

If you wish to find out more about our curriculum please ask your child’s teacher who will be happy to help.