National Curriculum

Every school develops a strategy on curriculum and delivering it with engaging learning. Schools and teachers are constantly reviewed and assessed on how well they are delivering curriculum to pupils.

Every school is required by OFSTED to publish their curriculum on their website. Some schools send a termly newsletter with their learning outcomes in each subject.

For example Cavendish Close Junior Academy send home curriculum news to inform parents what their child will be learning that term in each subject area and what the learning outcomes will be.


OFSTED requirements:

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 do not 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.

Key stage 1 and 2

Compulsory National Curriculum subjects at primary school are:




Design and Technology



Art and Design


Physical Education (PE), including swimming


Ancient and Modern Foreign Languages (at Key Stage 2)

Schools must provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.

Schools often also teach:

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)


Modern Foreign Languages (at Key Stage 1)


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