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Grade 1

Key Stage 1 - Core and Foundation Subjects

The following information provides parents and prospective families with an overview of the curriculum content for the Core Subjects English, Maths and Science & the Foundation Subjects in Key Stage 1 which is for Grade 1 and Grade 2 (Years 1 and 2).

From time to time this content will see a process of appraisal and update. It is our team goal to inject a creative approach to our curriculum and where possible, integrate themes to enable relevance, inspiration and a meaningful approach.

Children are given the tools to be an integral part of the learning process and the confidence to perform successfully beyond the International School of the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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Grade 1 Topic Web

The following information provides a topic overview for Mathematics, English and Science and the Foundation Subjects: Geography, History, Art and Design, Science, Physical Education and Spanish in Grade 1.

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Grade 1 Curriculum

English – Key Stage 1 Curriculum 

In Grade 1 everything starts to become a little more formal, as the freedom and play of Reception are replaced with more organised activities.

Literacy is a daily lesson, made up of three aspects:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking and listening

Children will be allowed to choose a book at school to take home with them to read. You will be given a Reading Journal to write your comments in when you read with them. Children will also read with their teacher daily.

World Book Day

Maths – Key Stage 1 Curriculum 

During KS1, it’s important for your child to get to grips with maths in a very practical, hands-on way. Working individually, as a class and in groups, they will be investigating, counting, playing number games and using everyday objects to help them solve problems and do simple calculations.

As they start to become more familiar with the language used in maths, they will be encouraged to talk about their methods for solving problems and presenting their results.

The maths your child will be doing at school can easily be practised at home – you don’t need to be an expert – and it will really help them to learn. As well as doing maths informally at home, you may also have maths homework, which will probably be a simple worksheet, reinforcing the work they have been doing in class that week.


Science – Key Stage 1 Curriculum

Got a budding little scientist in the family? They will learn to develop their science skills and knowledge in Grade 1 through fun subjects such as plants, everyday objects and animals.

Children will learn about the following subjects:


  • identify and name a variety of common plants
  • identify and describe the structure of flowering plants

Animals, including humans:

  • name common animals including fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals
  • name animals that are carnivores, herbivores and omnivores
  • compare the structure of different animals
  • draw and label the basic parts of the human body and say which part is associated with each sense

Everyday materials:

  • name a variety of everyday materials including wood, plastic, glass, metal, water and rock
  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials
  • compare and group materials