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Years 1 and 2 (known as 'Key Stage 1') is an exciting stage in a child's education where they build on the foundation laid in our Early Years Department and begin to develop important skills and knowledge across a wide range of subjects. Our dedicated team of educators are committed to creating a safe and stimulating learning environment where children can thrive and reach their full potential. We believe in a holistic approach to education that focuses on the individual needs and interests of each child, enabling them to become confident, independent learners who are well-prepared for the challenges of Key Stage 2 and beyond.


The basic skills acquired in the Early Years Department are consolidated and built upon in Year 1, the teaching in Year 2 then helps prepare pupils for the transition into the Junior Department. Pupils continue to develop their skills of independence in both thinking and personal organisation during their time in these year groups.Years 1 and 2 follow the 2014 National Curriculum of England.

In addition to class based lessons, pupils also experience the following specialist lessons:

  • Music lessons taught by specialist music teachers. Pupils are taught to perform, listen, review and evaluate a variety of music. They learn to sing and use their voices, creating and composing music on their own and with others. Pupils learn to play a variety of musical instruments, understanding and exploring how music is created, produced and communicated.
  • P.E. (Physical Education) taught by specialist P.E. teachers. The lessons focus on developing children’s physical skills through a range of physical activities. Pupils learn to be active for sustained periods of time, in addition to learning how to lead healthy active lives. A range of equipment, which the pupils learn to handle effectively, is used to develop a variety of skills.
  • I.T. lessons taught by a specialist I.T. teacher. There is a computer and Interactive White Board in each classroom, and pupils also have the opportunity to use Google Chromebooks to aid their learning. IT lessons ensure pupils become digitally literate, able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology, as active participants in a digital world.
  • Library lessons, where children choose books to take home. During this time, children are taught how to look after, appreciate and enjoy books. The Infant library is a fully functioning lending library, and our Infant librarian supports children, helping them select books to borrow on a weekly basis.

In Year 2 children have the further opportunity to attend a variety of after school clubs that include sport, art and craft, music and computer activities.

For more information about the curriculum, please see the menu below: