Stage 1

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 is the legal term for the two years of schooling in maintained schools in England and Wales normally known as Year 1 and Year 2, when pupils are aged between 5 and 7.  In Key Stage 1 pupils are taught compulsary national curriculum subjects.  These are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Design Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and design
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE), including swimming
  • Computing

Schools must also provide religious education, but you may opt for your child to withdraw from these lessons.

At Moorgate Primary Academy we also teach:

  • personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE)
  • modern foreign languages (French)

Tests and assessments

Pupils are tested formally twice during Key Stage 1.  This are carried out in a low key manner and children very much enjoy working individually and in small groups alongside their class teacher.

Year 1 phonics screening check

The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child does not reach the expected standard in the check, they will retake it in Year 2.

Key Stage 1 Assessments

Key Stage 1 assessments cover:

  • reading
  • maths (arithmetic and reasoning)

The tasks and tests are taken during May.  Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out whether they are working at age related expectation (ARE).  Their test results form part of an overall teacher assessment grade.  These are recorded on your child’s school report at the end of Year 2.


SUAT supports and leads in the set-up of new academies joining the partnership.  The services provided by the central support function cover both educational and non-educational support.  In terms of educational support, SUAT is linked to the School of Eduction of Staffordshire University, which is an outstanding ITT provider.

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