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.

Katherine Corrigan

Head of Year 1

Year Two is an exciting time for children. The final year of Key Stage One will see your child being encouraged to work more independently and with further challenge. At this age, most children will have improved their ability to coordinate movement and their language/speech will become increasingly complex and grammatically correct. The children develop in their maturity and grow to be more responsible in all areas of their academic learning and social skills.

Jay Ashcroft

Head of Year 2