The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
The curriculum within the primary school setting is divided up into three stages:
1. Early Years Foundation Stage - Nursery and Reception (3-5 years)
2. Key Stage 1 - Year 1 and Year 2 (5-7 years)
3. Key Stage 2 - Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6 (7-11 years)
As we are an infant school, we do not follow the Key Stage 2 National Curriculum.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. The areas of learning are:
  • communication and language
  • physical development
  • personal, social and emotional development
  • literacy
  • mathematics
  • understanding the world
  • expressive arts and design
Further information about how we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum can be found here. 
The  National Curriculum for Key Stage 1 sets out what all state schools are required to teach. It consists of programmes of study for each subject which describes what is to be taught and levels of attainment for each subject. This outlines what children should be able to do. The core subjects are English, Mathematics and Science. There are also the Foundation Subjects which include Computing, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography, History, Physical Education (PE), Religious Education (RE) and Music. As a Church of England School, we consider Religious Education (RE) as a core subject and follow a locally agreed syllabus. Personal Social Health Education (including Relationships and Health Education) is an important part of our curriculum too.