British International School, Uppsala (BISU)

The national curriculum in England Key stages 1 and 2

Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2)

The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, the teacher will formally assess your child’s performance.

This stage consists of three core subjects Mathematics, English and Science together with Computing and the foundation subjects of  Design Technology, Art, Music,  and Physical Education. In addition to these subjects, we also teach Swedish from Year 1.

Children in Key Stage 1 are taught through a ‘topic approach’. During these first two years of Junior School life, students are encouraged to learn both practically and academically and all work is monitored to ensure that students are making the desired progress. 

Key Stage 2 (Years 3-6)

Key Stage 2 is made up of the same core and foundation subjects covered in Key Stage 1. During Years 3 and 4 much of the work is ‘cross-curricular’, meaning that one theme is covered by several subjects. Topics are structured to allow children the freedom to explore new subjects in a stimulating way, encouraging a natural enthusiasm for more independent learning.

As students enter Year 6 they are prepared for the subject-oriented approach of the Senior School and are expected to become more independent in planning and completing their studies.

For more information about The national curriculum primary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 and 2., click here.

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