The Key Stage 1 Curriculum at Ashill School

The Year 1 and 2 children (5-7 year olds) follow the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum 2014 in all subjects. They follow the Somerset Syllabus ‘Awareness, Mystery and Value’ for R.E.



Phonics, SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar), Handwriting

The children in Year 1 continue to develop their understanding of phonics using the Letters and Sounds programme which is taught daily. Year 2 children have a daily SPaG session (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) the skills taught in these discrete sessions are then applied across the curriculum.

Both year groups also practise their handwriting daily, with the initial focus on correct formation/letter size and then progresses to joining up.

Reading and Writing

Where possible, English is linked to cross-curricular topics.

Children practice and develop their reading skills through a variety of opportunities such as: a weekly guided reading session, a weekly comprehension session, paired reading, independent reading and through following the home/school reading scheme (reading to parents and staff). For more details about the reading scheme, please see the ‘Classes’ page.

Within writing sessions, children have the opportunity to write narratives, poetry and non-fiction pieces. Other subjects such as History, Geography and Science, allow the children to practice their writing skills, particularly with non-fiction.


Mathematics is initially taught through practical activities which then progresses to pictorial and more formal methods of calculating and recording. All aspects of maths focus on the development of skills through fluency, reasoning and problem solving.


Science is taught through a two year rolling programme to ensure all aspects of this core subject are covered during the time that children study at Key Stage 1.


Other subjects

Most time will be spent on these core subjects. The foundation subjects, comprising of History, Geography, Design and Technology, Computing, Art, Music, P.E. and R.E./Personal, Social and Health Education will be taught in the remaining time. Where possible, these subjects are taught through cross-curricular topics which are planned to engage and motivate the students.


Children have two hours of P.E. per week. Sessions have a games, multiskills, dance or gym focus.


Forest School

The children also participate in Forest School sessions which, where possible, are linked to the termly topic. Within these sessions children develop their social skills, physical skills and develop their understanding of the outdoor environment around them through practical tasks. Links are also made to the creative aspect of the curriculum.


Year 1 children have reading homework twice a week as well as spelling practice. In addition to this homework, Year 2 also have a weekly English homework task, with a phonics and SPaG focus.