Key Stage 1 comprises two year groups: Year 1 (ages 5-6) and Year 2 (ages 6-7). The underlying aim is to further build on the foundations laid in the Early Years Foundation Stage and continue to provide a safe, secure and stimulating learning environment that encourages children to become confident in their own abilities.

At Park House English School the curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that we:

  • Provide a safe and stimulating environment in which students can develop emotionally, creatively, physically and academically.
  • Provide a broad and balanced curriculum that embodies our PRiDE values of Perseverance, Responsibility, Independence, Dedication and Engagement
  • Acknowledge and build upon what the students have already experienced and learned
  • Meet individual children’s needs
  • Enable learning in a familiar, purposeful and supportive environment
  • Teach independence

We also ensure that the curriculum is carefully planned to reflect what is relevant to the backgrounds and experiences of our international student body. With the National Curriculum of England at its core, our enquiry-based approach to delivering the curriculum incorporates the Learning Goals of the International Primary Curriculum and is designed to allow students to fulfil their potential and face the future with confidence. Physical Education, Music, Computing and Spanish or Arabic are all taught by specialist teachers. We also provide Islamic studies for all Muslim students and Qatar History is taught to all students. Extra-curricular activities extend the learning and development opportunities for students even further.

We actively encourage parents to be involved in their child’s education. Throughout this Key Stage, there is an emphasis on teachers and parents working in partnership to address the individual needs of each child. Regular meetings, email communication and, where needed, requested appointments allow parents to discuss with teachers any issue which may impact their child’s learning.

Moving to the “big school” and beginning Year One is a big step for our growing students. We aim to make this transition as smooth as possible, with a welcoming classroom community and a stimulating environment where children can grow in confidence and independence. We believe children should have opportunities to extend their learning from reception and build their skills and knowledge through practical hands-on activities and experiences.

Hannah Johnson

Head of Year 1

In Year 2, we continue to extend and develop levels of independence as well as provide opportunities for children to develop their responsibility, curiosity and perseverance.  

The curriculum is designed to promote critical thinking skills, develop cross-curricular links, high levels of engagement, independence and collaboration. Our learning environment has various open-ended opportunities to stimulate children’s interests; providing opportunities for children to explore, discover, learn new skills and achieve the curriculum objectives. 

We encourage children to learn the importance of persevering and being resilient when faced with a new challenge. We aim to develop confident learners willing to take risks and ensure that all children understand how to be responsible members of our school community.

Philip Johnson

Head of Year 2