Key Stage One

At Hollinswood Primary school we plan a creative curriculum with careful consideration of the Key Skills for that subject, this means that lessons are not differentiated necessarily by age but by the skills that are appropriate for each child.  We try to link as many of our Foundation subjects within a theme. This gives pupils more opportunity to explore areas of interest and to embed learning further. Some subjects, such as History, Geography, Design and Technology and  Art are planned jointly for Year One and Year Two,  these are on a two-year cycle. Other subjects, such as Computing, PSHE, Science and RE are on a one-year cycle and are planned within the year groups to ensure the coverage of age specific skills.

For individual pupils, consideration is given to a flexible timetable to suit needs, such as regular brain breaks, 1:1 support and quiet work areas away from distractions.

We encourage the children to develop the following skills throughout the key stage:

  • Independence
  • Resilience
  • The ability the work collaboratively
  • To ask and answer questions
  • Develop confidence to share ideas

In Year One we continue to build on the key areas of the EYFS by proving regular opportunities for Continuous Provision.  This ensures that children can continue to develop the key skills as mentioned above and develop independence when learning.

 In Literacy, with addition to the daily phonic session, we follow the Michael Tidd principles. Writing is taught according to genre, with a different block being taught each term so that children build upon and develop their writing skills within that genre. 

In Maths we teach a mastery based approach following the White Rose scheme Primary Resources | White Rose Maths. Each area of Maths is taught in a block to ensure that skills within that area are embedded.


If you require further information please speak to your child's class teacher.  You can communicate with teachers via ClassDojo.  Teachers will also use ClassDojo to share regular updates with you and to celebrate children’s work.