National Curriculum

The National Curriculum outlines the subjects covered during time in education. It covers what should be taught and the standards children should reach. State school should offer a broad and balanced curriculum which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society

  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life

The National Curriculum for five to eleven year olds is made up of blocks of years, known as key stages:

  • Infant children (Year 1 and Year 2) are known as Key Stage 1.

  • Junior children (Years 3 to 6) are known as Key Stage 2.

Formal assessment takes place at the end of each Key Stage (Years 2 and 6). A phonics screening check takes place in Year 1.

Click the links below to see the National Curriculum primary programmes of study and attainment targets for Key Stage 1 and 2