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The National Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

A new National Curriculum was introduced into all state schools in September 2014. The National Curriculum is statutory and sets out the programmes of study and attainment targets that all local-authority-maintained schools in England must teach. The National Curriculum is one part of the School Curriculum. 

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 national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. Schools must also teach religious education and sex and relationships education.

Please follow this link for the Primary National Curriculum Statutory Requirements for Key Stage 1 and Key stage 2 (Year 1 - 6).

The link below gives an overview of the National Curriculum which has been written specifically for parents.

The New National Curriculum: A Parent's Guide

All schools must also follow the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.

The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, your child's performance is formally assessed.

Age Year Key Stage Assessment
3-4 Nursery Early Years
4-5 Reception Early Years Teacher Assessment 
5-6 Year 1 Key Stage 1 Phonics Screening Check
6-7 Year 2 Key Stage 1

National tests and teacher assessments in English, maths

& teacher assessment in science

7-8 Year 3 Key Stage 2
8-9 Year 4 Key Stage 2
9-10 Year 5 Key Stage 2
10-11 Year 6 Key Stage 2

National tests and teacher assessment in English &maths

and teacher assessment in science. 

The Powerpoint slides from the Information Evening For Parents on the new National Curriculum can be viewed here:

National  Curriculum 2014, Parent's Information Session, July 2015

The School Curriculum at Dishforth CE School

The National Curriculum is only one part of the School Curriculum. Our school curriculum provides a broad range of learning experiences to motivate a desire to learn and to develop confidence, alongside social skills. We try to foster independence and to nurture a caring and responsible attitude to each other and to our surroundings.  We emphasise personal achievement and provide positive feedback to the children by way of verbal praise, certificates and through marking their work.

Please follow this link to view more information the school curriculum at Dishforth CE Primary.

 Parents will receive a termly class newsletter giving information about the current topics being studied by each class in school. Copies of the latest Curriculum newsletters can be found on the Class pages. If you would like any further information on the curriculum followed in school, please speak to your child's class teacher.