Key Stage 1

Thank you for your interest in the curriculum taught to our infant children at Whittle-le-Woods C.E Primary School.

The units have been taught in response to the new National Curriculum 2014 and are full of creative, exciting, hands-on, challenging learning for our children.  While designing our new curriculum we feel we have not lost any of the engagement, rigour or fun and have added lots of new sparks to ignite learning.

Academic Year 2016/17 is following Cycle B


During Key Stage One, our Whittle School Guarantee will  also ensure:-

– annual programmes of lessons to teach pupils how to keep themselves safe delivered by accredited KIDSAFE teachers

– we use Cuerden Valley as a learning resource

– we visit the theatre and a museum

– visit a place of worship for other faiths or have a visitor for the day

–  we listen to a live orchestra and live musicians

– meet a live author

– explore the natural world through visits and visitors

– use our map skills to plan and follow a journey

– develop our oracy skills through lots of public speaking opportunitie

– children in year2 are encouraged to join our main school choir run by a music specialist. This year our choir is performing at the MEN with 7000 children from schools across the north west. WE ARE SO EXCITED!

As the structure of our key stage 1 department has mixed-age classes, we are implementing a three year cycle so keep checking our page for updates.  We have only included a flavour of our plans so for further information please do not hesitate to contact one of our Key Stage One Team.


In Key Stage 1, we have introduced 100% decodable reading books to support children’s learning of phonics. They have a daily phonics lesson and will bring reading books, sound and word packs home. When children have completed and can apply Phase 5, a broader reading scheme is used and an even greater emphasis placed on comprehension skills. We use Phonics Bug (Pearson) and Floppy Phonics (Oxford Reading Tree) until the end of phase 5 then we use a vast array of schemes in colour coded bands. There is also access to Bug club on-line with the reading scheme books as e-books for home reading. We expect all children to read daily throughout school and as children develop their decoding and reading skills, there needs to be an increased focus on comprehension -developing skills of retrieval, inference and broadening vocabulary. The assessments at the end of Year 2 have an emphasis, approximately 80% of the test, on these skills.

Actiphons phonic scheme is used to support our teaching of phonics

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Here you will find out how children will progress through mathematical calculations. Please take a look as this will help you to support your child.

Calculations Progression Addition (NC2014)111

Calculations Progression Subtraction (NC2014)

Calculations Progression Multiplication (NC2014) – final updated1

Calculations Progression Division (NC2014) – updated AT1