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Sophia High School Approach

Key Stage 1 (Age 5-7)

Year 1 - Year 2

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In Key Stage 1 we aim to engage, excite and challenge our pupils to provide them with a wide range of skills that will embed in them a life-long love of learning.  We have adopted a creative, theme-based curriculum from Year 1 to Year 6 following the International Primary Curriculum (IPC). Cross-curricular links are made at every opportunity with a whole school enquiry approach adopted across the primary school. 

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Online Primary School Curriculum

The Key Stage 1 (Year 1 – Year 2) curriculum for students age 5-7 at Sophia High School is carefully planned and designed following the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) to ensure that all children are introduced to the academic world in a style that is both stimulating and fun.   

We are delighted to be the first UK Online Education Provider to partner with FieldWork Education for the online delivery of these leading global curriculum programmes of study

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IPC Theme: Vanishing Rainforests

Subjects On Offer in Key Stage 1

In Key Stage 1 the ‘Core Subjects’ comprise English, Mathematics and Science and are timetabled daily for both English and Maths and weekly for Science. Art, Design and Technology, French, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Music, Physical Education, and Personal Development make up the other ‘Foundation Subjects’ and are taught as part of the integrated approach to the delivery of the IPC.

French is taught by specialist teachers throughout the school.  Students are also exposed to a wide variety of extracurricular pursuits through our Beyond the Curriculum programme  and may take up additional SophiaX extra-curricular sessions including in Drama, Coding, Languages, and Instrumental Music during the school holidays


In Key Stage 1, English lessons follow a Literacy based approach using the award winning Literacy Tree Curriculum and includes Guided Reading on a weekly basis for all pupils. SPAG is integrated into every English lesson.    Children have access to the Reading Eggs Programme during home learning sessions.

We aim to provide an engaging and meaningful curriculum that focuses on children learning through real life experiences and exciting activities. The curriculum follows a topic overview plan, where planning is based around a main book based theme. 

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In Key Stage 1, our Maths programme follows the White Rose Maths Curriculum and has been planned to satisfy the requirements of the National Curriculum and guidelines of the New Primary Framework which focuses on a Mastery approach. Mathletics is used by all children both inside and outside of the classroom as part of home learning. 

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Our aim in teaching mathematics is to develop in children:

A positive attitude towards mathematics and to stimulate interest in the subject
Competence and confidence in mathematical knowledge, concepts and skills
An ability to solve problems, reason, think logically and to work systematically and accurately
Initiative and an ability to work both independently and in cooperation with others
An ability to communicate mathematical ideas and experiences
An ability to use and apply mathematics across the curriculum and in real life
An understanding of mathematics through a process of enquiry and experiment
An appreciation of the application to mathematics of technology in calculators and computers
A desire to achieve at a level of accuracy and excellence appropriate to their particular stage of development


Through our science curriculum in Key Stage 1, we aim to develop children’s curiosity about themselves and the world around them. Our curriculum sets out to develop enquiring minds and children are encouraged to observe, question, predict and hypothesise to gain an understanding of scientific ideas.

Children are given opportunities to share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, as well as recording their findings in a variety of ways. Most of the work is ‘hands – on’ investigative work, involving children enjoying experiments and developing a wide range of scientific skills.

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For more information – download our Primary Curriculum Guide here

International Primary Curriculum

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Three main IPC topics are planned per year with additional science topics added each term. Within each topic, enquiry and project based learning is planned, which culminates in a special event at the end of the topic such as a performance, display, short presentations or assembly, depending on the nature of the topic. Outdoor learning and physical activity opportunities are a regular feature of our curriculum and are incorporated in each termly topic.

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Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education is very important in Key Stage 1. Team meetings take place daily, as a way of enhancing children’s emotional well-being. Personal Goal development and Sustainable Development goals are integrated into weekly lessons and embedded throughout the cross curricular approach to the curriculum.

 ICT skills are developed throughout each unit.   Children also have opportunities to use ICT for research and to support their independent work.

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For more information on our Timetables and Subject Time Allocation please click on the images below