National Curriculum

The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, as well as religious 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.

Key stages

The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, your child’s teacher will formally assess their performance to measure your child’s progress.


Key stage 1 and 2

More details on all the compulsory national curriculum subjects can be found by clicking on the links below:

Schools must also provide Religious Education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.