Key Stage 1

Welcome to Key Stage 1. At Deanshanger Primary School KS1 consists of two classes in year one and two classes in year 2.   In common with all other local-authority maintained schools, we follow the National Curriculum building on the strong learning base in foundation stage. More information on the statutory curriculum can be found here.  Alternatively, you are welcome to make contact with the school and arrange a visit.

We have long-term curriculum plans which covers all subject areas and this plan is divided into shorter units of around 6 weeks in which the teachers organise a balance of activities for their year group. As well as teaching subjects separately, they are often combined within a single activity in order to provide a more realistic context for learning - such as linking the use of a computer spreadsheet to a maths investigation, or exploring ideas arising from an R.E. lesson through art and music. Every effort is made to match the learning activities to the abilities and interests of the pupils.

The school day for all children, including key stage 1 starts at 8.50am and finishes as 3.15pm – children are dropped off and collected in the courtyard area outside the classrooms. There is a 10 minute break in the morning and afternoon session and an hour lunch break.  On Tuesday mornings from 8.45am, parents and carers are warmly invited to come into school for 15 minutes to read with their child in our weekly reading mornings.

KS1 is an extremely exciting time for learning; in this phase the basics in English and maths are introduced and become the strong building blocks for all future learning. We used a variety of reading materials such as Oxford Reading Tree for one-to-one reads and group guided reading sessions as well as sets of ‘real’ books. Read, Write, Inc. is our primary scheme for phonics and Abacus is used across the school to support maths teaching and learning.

Our topics provide rich and creative learning opportunities in science, RE, music, art and design technology (DT), PE, PSHCE - Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education, RE and computing.

We look forward to sharing more about school life in KS1 with you shortly.



Deanshanger Primary School,
The Green,
MK19 6HJ
Tel: 01908 268920
Fax: 01908 261023
To contact the school office, email
To contact the Headteacher, email