Key Stage 1 & 2

Key Stage 1 & 2 Curriculum

At Atwood Primary Academy we believe that our curriculum is designed for the children in our community. Our aim is to ensure that children receive a first class education when coming to Atwood. We challenge the children and aim to give them a firm grounding in literacy (we encourage the children to read books, and develop handwriting skills) and numeracy, not forgetting that the other subjects (art, history, geography, information technology, music, sports, religious studies and drama) are important and essential in a child’s development.

For the teaching of phonics in EYFS and KS1 we use the Letters and Sounds programme, and the Jolly Phonics system as well as the Oxford Reading Tree scheme. Reading and phonics is further supported by the reading of 'real books'.

Atwood has approximately 500 pupils including the Nursery. All classes are organised as mixed ability groups of boys and girls, and normally with a maximum of 30 pupils in a class. At Key Stage Two some classes may be slightly over 30 resulting from appeals. The school is divided into year groups with two classes in each. The children usually have the same teacher for all subjects but specialist teachers are used for subjects such as music and sport. Other teachers in the school may also take different classes for professional development and to share expertise.


Children of different abilities are catered for in a variety of ways:

a) inside the classroom, children work with books and materials suited to their particular stage of development.

b) group work inside year groups.

Small groups are sometimes taught out of class to focus on the personalised needs of the pupils. If a child’s “Special Educational Needs” are felt to require additional resources to those which we can provide, then support from outside agencies is sought. We always consult with parents prior to this happening.

The school monitors pupils’ progress through on-going formative and summative assessment. Children’s work is regularly assessed and developmental feedback is provided. In the Summer Term children at the end of each Key Stage (Year 2 and Year 6) are formally assessed through the national SATs.