KS1 Curriculum

Early Years and Key Stage 1

The curriculum is designed to re-engage children at an early age in the enjoyment and fun which learning can offer them. They will engage in a language enriched environment which is designed using the 6 Principles of Nurture groups as its foundation:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base
  • Nurture is important for the development of well-being and self-esteem
  • Language is understood as a vital means of communication
  • All Behaviour is communication
  • The importance of transition in children’s lives

There is a personalised offer across the curriculum and so it is made relevant to the needs of the children, remaining flexible and adaptable to the context, background and needs of the child. The curriculum is inclusive and accessible to every child.

The curriculum is creative and has a culture of experiential, interactive, physically engaging and stimulating activities to promote interest, curiosity, exploration and engagement.

Children are taught within mixed age (4-7years) and mixed ability groups of up to 8 children.

The curriculum includes:

  • English: Reading, Writing, Spelling
  • Language, Communication + Social Interaction
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Geography + History
  • RE + celebration of British Values and other cultures
  • SRE
  • ICT
  • PE
  • Physical development
  • Forest School
  • Music
  • Art +Design
  • Mindfulness + Well-Being
  • PSHE


For those children entering within EYFS learning is categorised into:

Learning and development: communication and language; physical development; personal, social and emotional.

Plus 4 key areas: Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the world and expressive art and design.

These are achieved through play exploring, active learning, creative and thinking critically.

There are additional opportunities available for those children who require additional sensory engagement.

Across the academic year children will engage in themed activities to raise awareness.

These may include:

  • Mental Health
  • Safety Awareness
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Online Safety
  • Children in Need
  • Comic relief

To enhance opportunities for our children the school accesses a range of other specialists to motivate, engage and improve outcomes:

  • SAFC, Foundation of Light (sport skills)
  • Keep Active (team games)
  • Pat Dogs as Therapy (PAT)
  • Gardening Club
  • The Sage/Charanga (music)

Parents are highly valued and involved from the outset via:

  • Induction, visits to the provision, phone calls, Home School Books, meetings
  • Weekly Parent Group takes place with an open invite to all parents/carers, as a ‘drop in’ 
  • Termly themed Family sessions take place and are well attended

A Play Group runs alongside the Nurture Group Provisions, for children who are referred from Nursery settings. Parents/Carers bring their child into a play environment and remain as part of the group, to also develop their own skills and understanding. 2 staff work with up to 5 children and their parents/carers for up to a 24 week period.

KS1 also offer child observations, advice, CPD and Outreach support as part of a traded service to schools

Interventions which take place both within the Provisions and also as Outreach support within other schools can include:

  • Marvin’s Marvellous Moods
  • Listening Programme
  • Fun Friends
  • Black Sheep
  • Elsa
  • The Colour Monster
  • Singing Hands
  • Bespoke PSHE programme

You can read our full EYFS Policy by downloading the PDF below.

  EYFS Policy – PDF



Link School Springwell Dene
Swindon Road, Springwell, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear  SR3 4EE

Tel: 0191 561 5777
Email: caroline.granton@schools.sunderland.gov.uk

Link School Pallion
Waverley Terrace, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear SR4 6TA

Tel: 0191 561 4777
Email: anita.blakeman@schools.sunderland.gov.uk