Years 1 / 2

Annual Curriculum Overview





In English lessons, both reading and writing, we intend to develop pupils’ conversational skills when speaking and listening, in both structured and unstructured situations. We want pupils to understanding that reading and writing go hand in hand. We follow a structured synthetic phonics programme, giving pupils to apply their phonetic knowledge to both reading and writing.


In Maths, we intend to embed key mathematical skills so that pupils can become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, reason mathematically, and problem solve apply their skills and knowledge. In Key Stage 1, we intend to build on pupils’ natural curiosity about the world by exploring mathematical concepts through play and creative experiences.


In Science, we encourage pupils to be inquisitive and foster curiosity about the universe. Our lessons are based around scientific enquiry skills; classifying, comparing and contrasting, predicting, making models, gathering data, measuring, observing. We intend for our pupils to be equipped with the scientific skills required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. We understand that it is important for lessons to have a skills-based focus, and that the knowledge can be taught through this.


We believe that art plays a vital part in pupils’ education, giving them the opportunity to express themselves. Our Art curriculum develops pupils’ critical abilities, and is mapped out to ensure that each topic area is progressive, whilst building on prior learning and skills. We intend for pupils to understand the context of artwork, the artist they’re learning about, and discuss who they are inspired by.


In Computing lessons, we intend for pupils to start exploring simple programs and algorithms, pupils will be encouraged to use logical reasoning to predict behaviour of simple programming tools. We ensure that pupils use technology safely and respectful, both in and beyond school.

Design & Technology (DT)

In DT lessons, we intend to explore pupils’ creativity and imagination. In each topic area, pupils research, design, refine, create and evaluate their given design brief. Our DT curriculum also includes graphic design, textiles and cooking lessons giving the pupils the opportunity to become innovative, enterprising and resourceful.


In Geography, we intend for pupils to develop understanding and knowledge of the wider world, both natural and human aspects. Taught as discrete subject, the Geography curriculum has been carefully sequenced to ensure pupils can build on prior learning, and develop their geographical skills. In lessons, pupils pinpoint what they know, what they would like to know, and what they have learnt. As Geography is an investigative subject, pupils are encouraged to ask questions, provide possible explanations, and examine how the Earth’s features change over time. We intend to inspire pupil’s to be fascinated, curious and intrigued by the world and the people living on it.


In Horticulture, we intend for pupils to have a solid understanding of where food comes from and how it is produced. Pupils will learn the skills and knowledge required to develop the production of food crops, whilst exploring the relationship between living things and the environment.


In History, the curriculum is informed by the National Curriculum and the pupil’s interests, as well as the context of the local area. It has been carefully sequenced to ensure that pupils can use new learning to link to prior knowledge, whist building enquiry skills. Pupils will gain knowledge and understanding of their local area to the legacy of specific Kings and Queens. With a clear understanding of past and present, pupils are encouraged to think critically, analyse evidence, sift arguments and develop perspective, judgement and opinion.


In PE lessons, we intend give pupils a broad range of skills to develop awareness of their body’s strengths and how they can be used to participate in sports. Pupils are encouraged to enjoy and be enthusiastic to promote their health and wellbeing.


In PSHE, we intend to promote self-awareness of pupils’ personal development and social interactions. Pupils are encouraged to listen, talk, and reflect on the topics explored. We want pupils to begin to recognise their place and influence in the world around them.

Religious Education (RE)

We understand that RE has an important part to play in promoting the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and intellectual development of our pupils. We have a curriculum reflective of our local community that is both skill and knowledge based. We intend for pupils to be able to describe their own beliefs and why they hold them, whilst being eager to learn about others, including those who do not follow a religion. Respect and understanding are embedded in our curriculum.


At NRHS, we believe that learning a foreign language provides pupils with an opening to other cultures. We intend for pupils to understand and respond in Spanish both spoken and written, encouraging them to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and finding ways to communicate what they want to say.