British Key Stages of Education

  1. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS): The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) is the first stage of education for children aged three to five years. It focuses on nurturing children’s learning and development through play-based activities and exploration. EYFS covers seven areas of learning, including communication and language, physical development, personal, social, and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world, expressive arts and design, and introduces elements of the STEAM approach. Through STEAM activities, children engage in interdisciplinary learning experiences that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, fostering creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration skills. This stage lays a strong foundation for future academic success by promoting a love for learning, inquiry-based exploration, and holistic development.
  1. Key Stage 1 (KS1): Key Stage 1 (KS1) is the next stage of education for children aged five to seven years, covering Years 1 and 2. During KS1, children continue to build upon the foundational skills developed in the Early Years, with a focus on further developing literacy and numeracy skills. KS1 curriculum includes subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Music, Physical Education (PE), and introduces elements of the STEAM approach through integrated projects or activities.
  1. Key Stage 2 (KS2): Key Stage 2 (KS2) is for children aged seven to eleven years, covering Years 3 to 6. In KS2, students continue to progress academically and develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. The curriculum expands to include more in-depth studies in subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Art and Design, Computing, Music, Physical Education (PE), Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), and incorporates STEAM principles through cross-curricular projects and hands-on activities.
  1. Key Stage 3 (KS3): Key Stage 3 (KS3) is the stage for students aged eleven to fourteen years, covering Years 7 to 9. During KS3, students experience a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares them for the later stages of their education. The curriculum includes core subjects such as English, Mathematics, Science, Humanities (History and Geography), Modern Foreign Languages (MFL), Design and Technology, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education (PE), Computing, and Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education (PSHE). STEAM principles are further integrated into specific subjects and project-based learning experiences.
  1. Key Stage 4 (KS4) and Key Stage 5 (KS5): Key Stage 4 (KS4) covers Years 10 and 11, and Key Stage 5 (KS5) covers Year 12. These stages are focused on preparing students for external examinations such as the General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in KS4 and the Advanced Level (A-Level). Students choose subjects based on their interests and career aspirations, with a mix of core subjects and elective options available. The curriculum in KS4 and KS5 is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and qualifications needed for higher education or entry into the workforce, with STEAM principles continuing to be integrated into relevant subjects and projects.