THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
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 schools so children learn the same things. It covers what
subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
Key stage 1 and 2
Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are: English, maths, science, design and technology, history, geography,
art and design, music, physical education (PE), including swimming, computing, ancient and modern foreign languages (at KS2)
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), citizenship, modern foreign languages (at key stage 1)
OUR SCHOOL CURRICULUM
Our curriculum in school includes the National curriculum and refers to the interactive lessons, learning experiences and assessments
designed with specific goals, content, strategies, measurement, and resources which reflect the needs of all our children.
The desired outcome of our curriculum is successful transfer and/or development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. We make good
use of the outdoors to support our learning and promote reading at every opportunity.
At Buckshaw we aim to prepare our children for their future by raising aspirations and developing resilience within a happy, safe and
What are we trying to achieve through Our
- be based on learners’ needs.
- reflect our values
- give weight to personal, social and
- promote skills, independence, resilience,
competences and dispositions for
- recognise the importance of knowledge
that falls outside subject boundaries
- deal with current issues facing young
How can the curriculum be organised to
- allowing for innovation
- using technology to encourage and
- recognising practical and performancebased learning
- reaching out to the world beyond the
- promoting reading through all areas of
How do we know we are achieving what
we want to?
- making assessment formative and
integral to learning, valuing the modern
curriculum and using a wide range of
methods, including COMPUTING, in
- making accountability systems reflect,
not drive, the agenda.