The Curriculum


The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious education (RE) and relationships and sex education (RSE).

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.

Other types of school like academies and private schools don’t have to follow the national curriculum. Academies must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, maths and science. They must also teach religious education.

At Tarleton Holy Trinity CE Primary School, we base our Curriculum on the Lancashire Curriculum, which the local Education Authority published in response to the changes made to the National Curriculum in 2014. We have made some changes to the Lancashire Curriculum so that the topic areas reflect our unique school and the times of the year. In our Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 we use the Red Rose Phonics scheme. Although it is not an accredited scheme, we have chosen to use it and we can use a wider range of phonically decodable books to support our phonics teaching, rather than ones which would be prescribed by an accredited scheme. Our reading books are largely based on the Oxford Reading Scheme, although we do support our ‘home readers’ with books from other schemes.

To see our Curriculum Intent statement click here or on the link below.

The school follows the Religious Education Syllabus devised by Blackburn Diocese and incorporates a wide range of topics centred on Christian teaching. Lessons include many aspects of the Christian faith including increasing the knowledge of the Bible; relating religious teaching to current society and understanding the significance of main events in the church’s calendar. The syllabus also provided opportunities for children to explore Christianity around the world and in other cultures; a multi-faith approach.

Our reading scheme is largely based around the Oxford Reading Tree scheme, supplemented by a wide range of other books, including some from the Project X Scheme.

All of our Year Group Overviews and Subject Leader Overviews can be viewed by ‘clicking’ on the links below:

Curriculum Intent Statement

Year Group Curriculum Overviews – including Enrichment Activities

Reception Class Curriculum

Year 1 Curriculum

Year 2 Curriculum

Year 3 Curriculum

Year 4 Curriculum

Year 5 Curriculum

Year 6 Curriculum

The Whole School Enrichment Activities

Worship Plans Academic Year 2021 – 2022

Our bespoke Tarleton Holy Trinity Curriculum is at least as ambitious as the National Curriculum in content. It complies with the school’s duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Regulations 2014 about making the curriculum accessible for those with disabilities or special educational needs.

Primary School Key stages

The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, the teacher will formally assess your child’s performance.

Age Year Key stage Assessment
3 to 4 Early years
4 to 5 Reception Early years Teacher assessments (there’s also a Baseline assessment at the start of the year, which is repeated at the end of the year)
5 to 6 Year 1 KS1 Phonics screening check
6 to 7 Year 2 KS1 National tests and teacher assessments in English, maths and science

Catch up phonics screening check

7 to 8 Year 3 KS2
8 to 9 Year 4 KS2  Multiplication Tables Check
9 to 10 Year 5 KS2
10 to 11 Year 6 KS2 National tests and teacher assessments in English (Reading and GPS) and mathematics, and teacher assessments in writing and science