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Welcome to Key Stage 1 at ICS

In the earliest years of each child’s life, every child has a candle of curiosity, which burns brightly and hungrily. Our aim throughout the school is to fan this flame and feed this curiosity, with an engaging, child-led and child-centred curriculum catering directly for the needs, strengths and interests of every child. At ICS, we know that a discovery and play-based education actually improves attainment, and that the more each child is engaged with, and has ownership of, a multimodal learning experience, the more they will achieve and thrive.  Recognising that every child learns differently, we utilise the Reggio Emilia approach, which considers the ‘100 languages’ of learning, and we aim to find the ‘learning language’ of each child, and speak and listen through that.

Year 1 

Ages 5 - 6

Key Stage

Year 2 

Ages 6 - 7


Our Key Stage 1 is a two year journey, from the ages of five to seven, and enables your child to transition into our Primary school.



Stage Curriculum

In Key Stage 1, our curriculum is based on the Years 1 and 2 framework from the UK, modified for our local and international context, and drawing on the very best of global practice and pedagogy. We keep a close and caring eye on each child to ensure they fulfil their potential in a supportive and nurturing environment, encouraging exploration and discovery as learning opportunities as much as possible. There are key members of staff in charge of each stage to ensure there is continual challenge and support for teachers throughout the year.

Our Key Stage 1 curriculum provides your children with a range of skills to build the right foundation for their future progress. Throughout their journey, our practitioners focus on the seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and Language - how your child listens, understands, communicates and develops vocabulary and speech;

  • Physical  Development - how your child moves and uses gross motor skills, develops fine motor skills and learns about healthy living;

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development - how your child develops confidence, manages their feelings and behaviour, makes friends, shares and manages self care independently;


  • Literacy - how your child enjoys using books, learns to write and explores sounds;


  • Mathematics - how your child learns about numbers and counting, recognises the passing of time and explores measures, capacity, shape and space through play;


  • Understanding the World - how your child finds out about nature and the world around them and talks about people in their local community;


  • Expressive Arts and Design - how your child enjoys being creative, plays imaginatively, sings, dances and makes music and expresses themselves.

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Key Stage 1