Guide to the National Curriculum for parents

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 and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

The guide below gives parents an overview of the National Curriculum 2014. Further information can be found at

Inspire Curriculum

As a school we have adopted the Inpsire Curriculum, which uses a topic approach to bring the subjects to life. An overview of the Inspire Curriculum can be dowloaded below:

For additional more detailed information, please see our topic webs for each unit.

The Inspire Curriculum is based on the following philosophy:

"We believe the primary school should be a safe and wonderful place where children want to be: where learning happens both within and outside of the classroom. Children will be encouraged to enjoy life whilst at school and discover their fascinations.

Whatever their background they will learn how to shape their own futures and develop their unique capacities and skills rooted in their own interests. They will learn the literacy and numeracy skills needed for life and necessary to progress in their education. They will be encouraged to be curious and use thinking skills to innovate, be creative and problem solve. They will develop their first understandings of employment and entrepreneurship.

A primary education should set up learners for life, with the knowledge and skills to be well rounded individuals, mentally and physically healthy, with an appreciation for and a generosity toward the people, the world and the universe around them.

Our approach is based on academic research and the collective experience of our full-time consultancy team, outstanding teachers, headteachers of schools with outstanding curriculum judgements and the pilot schools for 2013.

We will work together to develop and trial resources and schemes until first delivery in September 2014 and beyond in a continuing commitment to Primary Curriculum."

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