The National Curriculum
The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary schools, so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, teachers will formally assess your child’s performance.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Key Stage One
Key Stage Two
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
Children from Years 1- 6 follow the national curriculum
The National Curriculum is organised on the basis of subjects, which are made up of ‘core’ and ‘other foundation’ subjects. Please click on each subject title to find out more about what is studied in each subject at primary school.
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Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:
Schools must provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.
Schools often also teach:
Tests and assessments
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 meet the standard expected in Year 1, they will repeat the check again in Year 2.
Key stage 1
Key stage 1 tests cover:
Your child will take the tests in May. You can ask the school for the test results.
You will be sent the results of your child’s teacher assessments automatically.
Key stage 2
Your child will take national tests in May when they reach the end of key stage 2. These test your child’s skills in:
The tests last less than 4 hours. You will receive the results in July.
The school will send you the results of your child’s tests and teacher assessments.