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Revised National Curriculum September 2014

From September 2014 a new curriculum will be introduced in all primary schools. The new curriculum reflects higher expectations for achievement in Reading, Writing and Maths, while re-emphasising the importance of providing children with a broad and balanced curriculum.

At St Peter's we are proud of our children's attainment in the core subjects, which are consistently above national expectation when they leave school, as well as the range of subjects and experiences the children receive in school.
The school curriculum in England (extract)
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The school curriculum comprises 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 also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage and sex and relationship education to pupils in secondary education.

Maintained schools in England 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. All schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year online.

All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.



The subjects of the revised National Curriculum are English, Mathematics, Science (Core) Art & Design, Citizenship, Computing, Design & Technology, Languages, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education.


The overarching aim for English in the National Curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupil with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The National Curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing an spoken language.
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.


The National Curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:
  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils have conceptual understanding and are able to recall and apply their knowledge rapidly and accurately
  • reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language
  • can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.



For an overview of the delivery of the Revised National Curriculum at St Peter's, please refer to the Year Group Programmes of Work.