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The Education Act of 2002 requires that every state funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly and which;

The school curriculum comprises of all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.

All state schools are required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage. All schools should also make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PHSE), drawing on good practice.

Maintained schools are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils. Schools are free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education. As well as the published curriculum on our website, a summary of each term’s curriculum is sent out to parents in the form of a Class Newsletter. Copies of the National Curriculum are available to read on the premises.

The National Curriculum for Primary Schools (revised 2013) consists of three core subjects: English, Mathematics and Science. There are eight foundation subjects: Art and design, Computing, Design and technology, Languages (KS2 Foreign Language) Geography, History, Music and Physical education. These subjects are taught throughout the school to children aged five to eleven as discrete subjects or in cross-curricular topics.

To view the National Curriculum for Primary Schools, please click on the following link.

Please refer to our Assessment Policy for full details on how we assess, track and report progress and attainment. 

The children in the Foundation Stage follow the 2012 Early Years Foundation Stage guidelines. Play, indoors and outdoors, is the key to this learning. The curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning and development, of which there are three prime areas: Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social and Emotional Development, and four specific areas: Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World, and Expressive Arts and Design.

Key Stage 1 Phonics Scheme: We have a phonics approach to reading and use Jolly Phonics combined with Bug Club. Our reading scheme uses both Bug Club and Big Cats resources.


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Askham Richard, York,
YO23 3PD
Tel: 01904 707125