National Curriculum – England

Key Stage 1 includes our Year 1 classes in accordance with the English National Curriculum terminology. The curriculum provides a wide range of subjects that follow on from the Early Years Foundation Stage. The transition from the EYFS to the National Curriculum will be a seamless process with all Reception and Key Stage 1 teachers working together to ensure that children are supported through this change.

The National Curriculum has three aims. It should enable all young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

These aims should inform all aspects of teaching and learning and be the starting point for curriculum design.

The curriculum should reflect values in our society that promote personal development, equality of opportunity, economic wellbeing, a healthy and just democracy, and a sustainable future.

These values should relate to:

  • ourselves, as individuals capable of spiritual, moral, social, intellectual and physical growth and development
  • our relationships, as fundamental to the development and fulfillment of happy and healthy lives, and to the good of the community
  • our society, which is shaped by the contributions of a diverse range of people, cultures and heritages
  • our environment, as the basis of life and a source of wonder and inspiration that needs to be protected.

In particular, the curriculum should:

  • promote high standards, particularly in literacy, numeracy and ICT capability
  • provide continued entitlement from early years to a coherent, broad and balanced curriculum
  • instill in children a positive disposition to learning and a commitment to learn
  • promote and pass on essential knowledge, skills and understanding valued by society to the next generation
  • be relevant to children and prepare them for the here and now, for the next phase of their education, and for their future
  • widen horizons and raise aspirations about the world of work and further and higher education
  • make children more aware of, and engaged with, their local, national and international communities
  • help children recognise that personal development is essential to wellbeing and success.
(Source: Department for Education 2012, England)