KS1 Curriculum


Years 1 and 2 have a daily maths session focusing on number, measurement, geometry and statistics. The teaching of mathematical fluency, reasoning and problem solving provide the foundations from which the maths lessons are conducted. Each lesson has been planned to give every child the opportunity to develop their mathematical skills through working with an adult, their peers or independently.

Maths skills are boosted through daily Maths Meetings. Maths Meetings cover a variety of areas of the maths curriculum more frequently, involve singing and chanting, are interactive and meet the needs of all abilities.

Throughout the year parents and carers have the opportunity to come into school and learn with their child. Last year we held maths open mornings in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2. Parents and carers also have the opportunity to speak to teachers about how their child is progressing through termly parents evenings.



Years One and Two have a daily literacy session focusing on the development of speaking and listening, reading and writing. The teaching of spelling, grammar, punctuation and comprehension is embedded throughout literacy lessons. Lessons are planned so that children have the opportunity to work with an adult, with their peers or by themselves. Children are encouraged to be independent learners.

In addition to literacy sessions, phonics is taught daily through the Letters and Sounds Programme. http://www.gov.uk/government/publications/letters-and-sounds

At least three times a week children have whole class reading comprehension sessions. In addition, staff and volunteers hear children read individually. Reading not only involves decoding and reading for meaning but also discussing books in detail,role play, discussing vocabulary choices, evaluating their usefulness, and considering what they liked and disliked about the book. The school uses a range of reading schemes that are combined together using a colour banded system which orders books in bands according to reading difficulty.

Each child has a reading book to take home which is appropriate to their reading level.  Spellings are sent home each half term and are personalised for each child. For more information please see our Home Learning page.

Throughout the year parents/carers have the opportunity to come and see how their child learns and join in with activities. Last year Year One and Year Two held reading and phonics mornings, a Talk for Writing morning and termly Reading Cafes. Parents/Carers also have the opportunity to speak to teachers about how their child is progressing through termly parents’ evenings.



Information about the curriculum that Years One and Two follow can be found on the year group pages. If you would like to know more information about the curriculum that our school is following, or would like a paper copy of any of the above, please contact the school on (01362) 692727 or email office@dereham.norfolk.sch.uk