The National Curriculum

Overview

The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious education and sex education.

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 follow 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 slight changes to the Lancashire Curriculum so that the topic areas reflect our unique school and the times of the year.

All our Curriculum Maps and Topic Letters can be viewed by ‘clicking’ on the links below:

Reception Class Curriculum

Reception Class Topic Letter Autumn 2017

Year 1 Curriculum

Year 1 Topic Letter Autumn 2017

Year 2 Curriculum

Year 2 Topic Letter Autumn 2017

Year 3 Curriculum

Year 3 Topic Letter Autumn 2017

Year 4 Curriculum

Year 4 Topic Letter Autumn 2017

Year 5 Curriculum

Year 5 Topic Letter Autumn 2017

Year 6 Curriculum

Year 6 Topic Letter Autumn 2017

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 an optional assessment at the start 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
9 to 10 Year 5 KS2
10 to 11 Year 6 KS2 National tests and teacher assessments in English (Reading and GPS) and maths, and teacher assessments in writing science
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