Key Stage 1

The work in Key Stage 1 is built on the foundations of the learning in Early Years. We aim to provide a high quality education in English and to teach pupils to speak and write fluently so that they can communicate their ideas and emotions to others and through their reading and listening, others can communicate with them. All the skills of language are essential to participating fully as a member of society; pupils, therefore, who do not learn to speak, read and write fluently and confidently are effectively disenfranchised. We aim to establish an environment where pupils learn the basic skills of English literacy and develop all aspects of language accurately and with a degree of fluency and understanding appropriate to their own personal ability.

We focus strongly on reading in order to give pupils opportunities to develop culturally, emotionally, intellectually, socially and spiritually. Reading also enables pupils both to acquire knowledge and to build on what they already know.

Our scheme of work is based on the new National Curriculum and focuses on:

  • Spoken Language
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Phonics / Spelling (details of each year groups spelling list can be found here).
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Punctuation


Oriel Academy uses a variety of teaching styles however our principal aim is to develop and embed children’s knowledge, skills and understanding of the mathematical domains as set by the National curriculum. The principal focus for mathematics teaching in key stage 1 is to ensure that pupils develop confidence and fluency with whole numbers, counting and place value. This involves working with numerals, words and the four operations.

This is achieved through daily differentiated lessons of both whole class and group directed teaching and problem solving. In KS1 children have access to a wide range of resources to support their own learning making them more independent however there is still ample opportunity for speaking and listening to solve problems and discuss their work through the use of ‘Think, Pair, Share’ partners. Throughout each half term teachers continuously assess children’s understanding through verbal communication and marking of books in line with school policy.

In KS1 teachers follow a Long Term Plan that is divided into the following domains as set out by the National Curriculum:

Years 1 and 2:

  • Number (number, place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions)
  • Measurement
  • Geometry

Year 2

  • Statistics (simple graphs and their interpretation)

A further breakdown of each domain can be seen in each year group’s curriculum map (below).

Pupils should develop their ability to recognise, describe, draw, compare and sort different shapes and use the related vocabulary. Teaching will provide a range of opportunities to explore measures, to describe and compare different quantities such as length, mass, capacity/volume, time and money.

By the end of year 2, pupils should know the number bonds to 20 and be precise in using and understanding place value. An emphasis on practice at this early stage will aid fluency.

Pupils should read and spell mathematical vocabulary, at a level consistent with their increasing word reading and spelling knowledge at key stage 1.

Mathematics is taught in a variety of ways, for example through exploration and investigation or problem solving. The National Curriculum forms the main core of our scheme of work, with supplementary material providing reinforcement and consolidation. The main strands of study are:

We encourage parents to support their children to learn their times tables and promote mental maths strategy that enable pupils to work with numbers in their heads.

Science and Health Education
Our science scheme of work is based on the national curriculum for science.  Science lessons are designed to provide the foundations for understanding the world through the specific disciplines of biology, chemistry and physics.

During Key Stage 1 our pupils are taught essential aspects of the knowledge, methods, processes and uses of science. We aim to help them build up a body of key foundational knowledge and concepts and develop a sense of excitement and curiosity about natural phenomena and to encourage pupils to recognise the power of rational explanation and understand how science can be used to explain what is occurring in the world around them, predict how things will behave, and analyse causes.

Year 1:

  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Everyday materials
  • Seasonal changes

Year 2:

  • Living things and their habitats
  • Plants
  • Animals including humans
  • Uses of everyday materials

The pupils’ work is mainly of a practical nature aimed at developing the ability to: observe closely, plan, hypothesise and predict; design and carry out investigations; interpret results and findings; draw inferences; and communicate exploratory tasks and experiments.

Throughout the pupils’ scientific activities we hope to encourage attitudes of curiosity, originality, co-operation, perseverance, precision and open-mindedness as well as awareness of, and sensitivity to, living things and the environment.

Health education work involves care of our bodies, eg dental hygiene, exercise, nutrition, rest and general health. Health education may be covered in other curriculum areas as part of a topic or as a subject in its own right.

Sex education is part of the wider issue of health and the pupils follow a carefully planned scheme of work throughout their time at school. Parents/carers wishing to withdraw their child from aspects of Relationships and Sex should contact the Headteacher.

Along with other Hounslow schools, pupils use DIPSI (Drugs in Primary Schools Initiative) to develop self-esteem, decision-making, understanding social relationships and the correct use of medicines and other drugs.

Pupils are taught to:

  • understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

Religious Education
Oriel is a non-denominational school which follows the Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education in the London Borough of Hounslow.

The pupils learn about the beliefs, values, practices and actions within Christianity and the other major world faiths, through a variety of activities which can include visits to places of worship.

We give the pupils opportunities to explore spirituality and moral issues through everyday school life and a variety of themes for daily assemblies.

Parents/carers wishing to withdraw their pupils from Religious Education and collective worship should contact the Headteacher.

We offer pupils the opportunity to develop an interest, enjoyment and concern for their local area, other parts of Britain and the world. The pupils gain understanding, skills and knowledge about geography as laid out in the national curriculum. We aim to extend pupils’ learning through active first-hand experience, wherever possible, including visits which take place throughout the year. It is the policy of the Governing Body to ask for voluntary contributions to fund these activities. To complement this, the school invites a number of visitors to talk to the pupils.

Schemes of work in this subject are based on the requirements of the National Curriculum, we are currently finalising the content of each unit of work and will update this section of the website as soon as possible.

Design and Technology
Design and Technology capability requires pupils to combine their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to design, make and evaluate products and to develop a technical knowledge about materials and their properties, electrical and mechanical systems and to apply this knowledge to real world situations.

Our main aim is to develop appreciation and enjoyment of music and to foster an interest in singing and instruments.

Pupils are taught to:

  • use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  • play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  • listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high  quality live and recorded music
  • experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter - related dimensions of music.

Pupils may have the opportunity to sing in festivals, perform in concerts and create music using a wide variety of tuned and untuned instruments. Visiting teachers undertake some instrumental tuition.

Pupils are taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work


Physical Education
Pupils develop fundamental movement skills, become increasingly competent and confident and access a broad range of opportunities to extend their agility, balance and coordination, individually and with others. They should be able to engage in competitive (both against self and against others) and co - operative physical activities, in a range of increasingly challenging situations.

Pupils are taught to:

  • master basic movements including running, jumping, throwing and catching, as well as developing balance, agility and co - ordination, and begin to apply these in a range of activities
  • participate in team games, developing simple tactics for attacking and defending
  • perform dances using simple movement patterns.

These activities are carefully structured to suit the age and ability of the pupils. They are designed to develop the pupils’ level of skill, thought and endurance.

Pupils may take part in annual school sports activities and some pupils will be involved as competitors in the district sports event.


Special Educational Needs
The individual needs of pupils vary considerably. Some pupils have learning and emotional difficulties that need particular care and attention; others have special abilities.

Oriel School provides pupils with extra help from support staff who may withdraw or work alongside the child within the classroom environment. Although some specialist teaching is available, provision for special educational needs is the responsibility of the whole teaching staff.

The National Curriculum is for every pupil. It is flexible enough to permit wide participation by pupils with special needs without compromising its breadth and balance.

Details of arrangements made for pupils with special educational needs are outlined in the school’s policy document available from the Headteacher or under ur Local Offer on this site.

English as an Additional Language (EAL)
Pupils for whom English is a second language may receive special help from the Hounslow Language Service team of teachers.

Modern Foreign Languages (French)
French teaching has been introduced to Key Stage 2.

KS1 A variety of activities are given as homework according to the age of the child. Activities include regular reading and spelling activities, and suitable tasks from the English, Spelling Reading and Maths.

In accordance with the Home-School Agreement, parents are asked to help their child to complete homework.

Parents from either Key Stage are encouraged to discuss any problems with the class teachers. The school welcomes parental help. Please see the class teacher.


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