KS1 Curriculum

Early Years and Key Stage 1

Recovery Curriculum for all

The Recovery Curriculum will be built on the 5 Levers: Relationships, Community, Transparent Curriculum, Metacognition and Space as a systematic, relationships-based approach to address individual gaps in learning and skills.

Curriculum Principles

  • Personal and academic progress over their time within the school community.
  • The majority of curriculum time is given to Core Subjects to ensure that our learners have the essential skills needed for life and access to the wider curriculum
  • Personalised, differentiated support to stretch and challenge our learners so progress is accelerated from point of entry.
  • Ensure all our learners make progress towards national expectations to narrow the gaps in learning.
  • Enrichment through a creative curriculum and outdoor education which underpins SMSC and British values to create responsible and active learners.
  • Provide smooth transitions between different phases of school life to enable continuous and progressive learning at all points.
  • Intervention programmes and community activities are offered to enhance learning, personal development, and safety
  • Careers Information Advice and Guidance is embedded across the school

Classes are typically taught in mixed age groups based on individual needs and dynamics.


The curriculum is designed to re-engage learners 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 learners remaining flexible and adaptable to the context, background and needs of the learners. The curriculum is inclusive and accessible to every learner.

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


For those learners entering within our infants’ phase, 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


Academic achievement






  • English: Reading, Writing, Spelling (including phonics) and PSHE
  • Language, Communication + Social Interaction·
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Humanities
  • ICT


Preparing for working life





Happy & Healthy

  • PSHE – Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education
  • STEM and Careers days.
  • Edible gardens and cookery



Becoming active and responsible citizens





Happy & Healthy

  • Creative Mindfulness
  • Forest School
  • Music
  • Art +Design
  • PE
  • ‘Reading Therapy Dog’






Happy & Healthy

  • Enrichment opportunities, when the normal lesson timetable is suspended, take place during the year.  These days allow our children to learn in different ways such as off site, with external providers and a range of students.   These days cover subjects such as Staying Safe, British Values and Study Skills.

KS1 Programmes of Study






EYFS/KS1 Useful Websites

https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/freeIndex.htm  This is a handy website to help children learn and apply their sounds. This website it also appropriate for Year 1 and some Year 2 children.

https://www.theschoolrun.com/year-1-phonics-screening-check Specific information regarding the Phonics Screening Check that is normally carried out at the end of Year 1

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/levels/z3g4d2p Revision resources for the KS1 syllabus across Literacy, Maths and Science

Other Resources Available 

For more Early Years and Key Stage 1 online resources click here 

Ziptales is an interactive tool with over 500+ stories for children of all ages and abilities, with games and quizzes aimed to make reading FUN!  It is available free of charge from Sunderland Libraries for children, parents and teachers – all you need is a library card which can be applied for online through Sunderland Councils web page

In view of the schools’ shut down beginning on Friday this week, Ziptales have added material for schools and libraries headed, Off Site Schooling, on the home page of their web site.

This will explain how teachers, librarians and parents can make good use of Ziptales in delivering online literacy education to pupils while they are at home.


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

  EYFS Policy – PDF


Case Studies

Please click any of the links below to read our curriculum case studies for KS1





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

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

Office Opening Times

Mon-Thurs: 8am – 4:30pm

Friday: 8am – 4pm

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

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



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