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KEY STAGE 1 - Years 1 & 2

Curriculum Rationale

Our aim at Boyne Hill is to constantly and consistently provide exciting and stimulating learning opportunities and experiences which inspire all our learners through a rich and challenging curriculum. We do everything we can to make our curriculum accessible to all pupils, irrespective of their ethnic background, gender, disability, religious or linguistic background. We are passionate about raising standards for every pupil and nurturing a love of learning so we put strategies in place to support those pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities, those who are learning English as an additional language and those who are more able or who have exceptional talents and gifts.


Through teaching our broad and balanced, topic-based curriculum, using engaging resources and teaching styles which are adapted to meet the needs of each cohort of children as well as individual pupils, we promote creativity and curiosity and prepare our pupils for the next stage in their learning journey.


In 2020, we decided to completely revamp our successful topic-based curriculum with new and exciting themes and set out a whole key stage, two year rolling programme so that all of the children in years 1 and 2 were learning through the same termly topic. This new and fresh approach is exciting and engaging, with pupils eager to share their learning with each other across the two year groups. The National Curriculum learning objectives are carefully linked with each topic and as the medium term planning is currently a 'work in progress' over this academic year and next, the plans for each topic will be added below at the end of every term.


Our topic-based curriculum enables all children to engage in learning opportunities within their immediate environment and the wider world, reflecting the richness and diversity of our local and wider community.


Our Curriculum Foundations

  • Developing a sense of self through opportunities for personal, social and emotional aspects of learning, including the most effective ways of living and learning collaboratively within our immediate community and the wider world.
  • Developing a sense of belonging and an understanding of our place in the world through activities to engage with geographical, historical and scientific learning.
  • Promoting physical education alongside knowledge of how to stay safe and make healthy lifestyle choices within the framework of the statutory Relationships & Health Education curriculum.
  • Learning the skills of reading and writing through a programme of systematic synthetic phonics in a language rich environment where vocabulary is taught and present in all curriculum areas.
  • Learning the skills of maths with practise and application in problem solving activities.
  • Developing an understanding of the digital world and computing, including how to stay safe online and understand the impact of technology in the wider world.
  • Encouraging creativity through art, drama and music and by thinking critically and taking risks to build resilience.
  • Collaborative learning and engagement through our key stage topic-based curriculum. We also have special themed weeks, either as a year group, key stage or whole school. Examples within year groups include: Chinese New Year, Diwali and Eid and as a whole school: Harvest. In the past we have held specific themed weeks as a whole school based around: Art, Space, Flight, Music, International, Eco, Dinosaurs and Under the Sea.
  • Environmental education including growing, cooking and being ecologically aware.


Curriculum Enrichment

  • Trips and Visits including the local theatre, places of worship, places of historical or environmental interest, a local animal park, a nearby Discovery Centre and the Zoo.
  • Visitors including our Parish Priest, theatre and dance performers, road safety and online safety professionals, the NSPCC, people who help us and professional athletes.
  • Events including the local Dance festival, Wake-up, Shake-up festival, community inclusion (Makaton), local Reading and Writing challenges and sporting activities and competitions.



The effectiveness of our curriculum, in terms of personal and academic development, is evaluated through:

  • Progress data
  • End of year/key stage assessment data
  • The celebration of personal achievements
  • Feedback from parents, carers and the children

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