Key Stage 1: Year 1 (ages 5-6) and Year 2 (ages 6-7)

  • Our aim is for children to enjoy their time at school and to develop knowledge, understanding and values in order to reach their full potential in all academic and social areas of school life.
  • The work of each year group is guided by the appropriate level of the English National Curriculum, Key Stage 1, which is by nature broad and balanced. Subject areas include English Language, Mathematics, Science, Geography, History, Design and Technology, Art and Craft, Music, Physical Education, Health Education, Religious Education and Information Technology.
  • In Language and Literacy we aim to provide a rich and stimulating environment in which children find interest and pleasure in communicating in English. They are offered many experiences to develop their interest in reading with fluency, accuracy, understanding and enjoyment. The development of handwriting skills forms an important part of Language and Literacy.
  • In Mathematics and Science we aim to develop a knowledge and understanding of the role of these subjects in everyday life. Children are encouraged to relate their Mathematics and Science work to other areas of the curriculum and the skills and attitudes acquired are important components of cross-curricular topic work.
  • Spanish Curriculum is taught from Year 1 as stipulated by the Spanish Ministry of Education. The sessions are planned using a practical approach as King’s do with the National Curriculum. This allows children to be creative, have fun and learn through practice instead of traditional approaches.

Key Stage 2

The Junior School covers the National Curriculum Key Stage 2, Years 3 to 6 (age 7-11). The four parallel classes in each year group are carefully balanced according to gender and ability.

Under the guidance of the Head of Department, teachers provide stimulating activities to build up pupil confidence and harness natural curiosity. Children thereby achieve high levels of knowledge, skills and understanding while enjoying the learning process. Where possible and appropriate, children are taken on out-of-school excursions in order to enhance classroom teaching.

Some pupil work falls easily into identifiable subject areas but children are also involved in a variety of cross-curricular topic based investigations. This will become more apparent as the new Primary Curriculum is adopted throughout the Primary Department over the coming years.

Our approach promotes a variety of skills and offers scope for the development of many different concepts. We emphasize active investigative methods to facilitate purposeful learning and to encourage independence, while at the same time ensuring that the main requirements of the National Curriculum are covered. As in Britain, towards the end of Year 6, the children take National Assessment Tests (NCTs) in the core areas of Literacy and Numeracy.

Other “Foundation Studies” based on Art, Craft and Technology, Humanities, Information and Communication Technology, Music, P.E., in addition to one lesson of Spanish per day, complete the Junior curriculum.

In general, Junior children work mainly with one class teacher although certain subjects, such as Music and Physical Education, are studied with specialist teachers.