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Primary National Curriculum 2014



3.1 The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.

3.2 The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.


3.3 Pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, including community special schools and foundation special schools, and in voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools, must follow the national curriculum. It is organised on the basis of four key stages3 and twelve subjects, classified in legal terms as ‘core’ and ‘other foundation’ subjects.

3.4 The Secretary of State for Education is required to publish programmes of study for each national curriculum subject, setting out the ‘matters, skills and processes’ to be taught at each key stage. Schools are free to choose how they organise their school day, as long as the content of the national curriculum programmes of study is taught to all pupils.

(Department for Education, 2013)

What does this mean in our school?

By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.  Each subject leader has completed a curriculum map to ensure this coverage takes place and teachers can highlight and record when specific elements have been taught, which can then follow the class through the school.

What does it mean for our children?

During a staff meeting in May 2014 we decided upon the characteristics of a successful learner.  These teamed with the educational goals outlined in the 2008 curriculum document provide an extensive list of desired qualities for our children.


English and Maths Curriculum Expectation by Year

To find out more information about the curriculum on offer at Brook Acre and about our approach to delivering the national curriculum expectations in all subjects, please visit the 'Learning Journey' page and view 'Curriculum Maps'.  Alternatively, please contact the school office to make an appointment to view the school and to find out more.

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