Curriculum and Curriculum Map - Key Stage One

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During the course of a school year, each child experiences a broad and balanced curriculum, which has special emphasis on the basic skills of language and literacy, mathematics, science and computing.

Children are taught through a series of topics which involve as much first hand and practical experience as possible, as well as allowing children to cover broad areas of experience and encouraging study in depth. The topics engage children’s natural curiosity, encourage them to think critically and develop a scientific approach to problem solving.

They cover the National Curriculum requirements whilst developing the children’s knowledge, understanding and skills across a range of areas. We pride ourselves in making the very most of our school grounds and local area. For each year group at least one educational offsite visit is planned during the year. We also try to bring in and meet as many 'experts' and visitors as we can.


At Southbourne Infant School we use the Letters and Sounds scheme as a framework for our phonics teaching. Phonics is taught across the school through a range of practical and  hands on activities. 

The Letter sounds are divided into Phonics Phases

  • In Reception, children revisit Phase 1 which they have often been familiar with at Pre-school and then they are taught Phases 2 and 3 
  • In Year 1 the children briefly revisit Phase 3 and then move on through Phases 4 and 5, starting on aspects of Phase 6 that are in the Year 1 Curriculum by the end of the year
  • In Year 2 the children revisit Phase 5, then complete Phase 6 with a focus on spelling and grammar


We treat reading as a highly valued life skill and aim to foster a love of books and passion for reading; our aim is for children to leave us as fluent readers and with a lifelong love of books.

We recognise that children who can read confidently and proficiently will enjoy reading and this will help their learning in all of the other areas of the curriculum as well as give them pleasure and enjoyment.

Reading at Southbourne Infant School begins with phonics in the Early Years, continuing throughout Key Stage One. Our books include a range of Oxford Reading Tree, Pearson books,  and many others, including a wide range of 'Real' books. Children regularly bring home a reading book and are also given the opportunity to borrow a story or non-fiction book from our school library.

We believe that for children to become avid and accomplished readers there must also be a focus on reading for meanings from the start. Whilst they are learning to read through phonics, children at Southbourne Infant School are also developing the skills of inference and comprehension which will ensure that they become avid, life-long readers.

We expect children at Southbourne Infant School to be reading at home regularly and appreciate the important role that parents play in developing their child’s reading habits.


Children are taught Mathematics through a cross-curricular, practical and oral approach which gives them a sound structure in which they can develop an understanding of the processes involved and learn the basic skills. 

Children are given a wide range of purposeful, practical and fun investigative experiences to practise and consolidate concepts and skills. Problem solving is an essential part of mathematics and children have opportunities to apply their problem solving skills in everyday situations. 

The children have access to a wide range of mathematical equipment including Numicon which is a multi-sensory approach with problem solving, reasoning and conversation at its heart. It enables them to:

  • develop fluency by using a visual, practical base to develop conceptual understanding and fluent recall.
  • reason mathematically through the use of concrete objects and spoken language to explain and justify.
  • develop into confident problem solvers.
Children are encouraged to understand and use mathematical language through work on Number, Calculation, Time, Measuring, Weighing, Capacity, Money, Shape and Data Handling. 

Children record their learning in a wide variety of forms including written work, diagrams, photos of practical tasks and through ICT.
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