In common with most primary schools, Ballacottier School has three distinct Key Stages. These are Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.

Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage at Ballacottier School is the Reception Class - the first class your child will join when starting school. (Age 4-5 years)

Key Stage 1

This phase of schooling refers to Year 1 and Year 2. (Age 5-7 years)

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 incorporates Years 3 to 6 inclusive. (Age 7-11 years)

Infants – Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1.

Juniors – Key Stage 2.


The Foundation Stage curriculum allows children to learn through play by being active, encouraging them to explore, to talk about their learning and to practise skills. It consists of seven areas of learning:

Three prime areas:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication and language
  • Physical development

Four specific areas:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the world
  • Expressive arts and design

In Reception, the children do not follow a formal timetable as such. A significant amount of their learning activities will take place outdoors also.

Children’s learning will be assessed continuously throughout the first year of school and recorded on each child’s Foundation Stage Profile.

The National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 & Key Stage 2 consists of ten subjects which all children must study at school. They are :-

Core Subjects: -




Foundation Subjects: -



Art and Design



Physical Education

Design Technology

PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) / Citizenship

All pupils also take part in Religious Education.

In addition pupils in Y4 ,Y5 and Y6 study the Manx language.

Throughout the school year these subjects are planned and organised in a manner that enables the school to provide a broad and balanced curriculum.