The National Curriculum introduced in the Education Act 1988 and updated in the revised Curriculum for 1st September 2014, comprises the core subjects of Mathematics, English, Spelling and Grammar and Science. These are the subjects basic to the whole curriculum and on which most time will be spent. It also includes the foundation subjects of History, Geography, Design and Technology, Computing, Music, Art and Physical Education. Religious Education and Health Education are also to be taught in the remaining time.
Programmes of study reflect attainment targets and set out the minimum content which pupils are to be taught at various stages within the core and foundation subjects. Prescribed levels of attainment establish the knowledge, skills and understanding the pupils should normally be expected to have at the ages of seven and eleven.
The object of the exercise is to enable a pupil’s progress to be measured against national standards, and give children, teachers, and parents a clear idea of what is expected within the framework of Key Stages. We also teach the Foundation Stage in Reception and teach upon a cross curricular basis so that our youngest learners can use their skills across the whole curriculum.
Key Stage One commences when a child starts year 1 and ends at the close of the academic year in which they are seven. There is also the Foundation Stage which covers the period prior to KS1.
Key Stage Two follows Key Stage One and ends at the close of the academic year in which the child reaches eleven years of age.
Across the whole school we teach in a cross curricular manner and our philosophy is to teach upon a topic basis. Our aim is to give our pupils great enthusiasm and the time to investigate new learning. We enrich our activities with a range of themed days and weeks to enhance our learning experiences.
In Reading, the school is part of the "Accelerated" Reader scheme. Children start Accelerated Reader in Year 1 when they are ready. A range of reading scheme books oragnised into Book Band colours are used with chidlren in our Reception Class and children in Year 1 until they are ready to use Accelerated Reader.
If parents have any further queries regarding the curriculum, please contact Mrs Alison Collins, Headteacher, via