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The Whole Curriculum

The whole curriculum of the school is the sum of all the children’s experiences inside and outside the classroom. It is therefore concerned to develop the child intellectually, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually.


Scantabout Primary School is committed to the continuous improvement of educational practice. We regularly review and update curriculum policies, plans and schemes of work.


The National Curriculum

Scantabout Primary School fulfills the requirements of the National Curriculum (2014). It offers 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 opportuntities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.


The National Curriculum is divided into 4 key stages, plus the Foundation Stage.


Foundation Stage

The Foundation Stage begins when children reach the age of three. Children may go to a number of settings including the first year of their Primary School i.e. Year R.

Children work towards Early Learning Goals in the following areas:

3 Prime areas

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

4 Specific areas

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive Arts and Design


A Foundation Stage Profile is completed by the Early Years Practitioners throughout the reception year and shared with parents.


Key Stages of compulsory education

Key Stage Ages Phase
1 5-7 Primary
2 7-11 Primary
3 11-14 Secondary
4 14-16 Secondary

The National Curriculum at primary level consists of the following subjects


Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science


Foundation Subjects

  • Art & Design
  • Design & Technology
  • Computing
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • PE


Other Subjects

  • RE


There are National tests in Phonics for pupils at age 6 and in Reading, Spelling and Grammar and Mathematics at age 11. Teacher assessments are carried out on a regular basis and reported statutorily in English, Maths and Science at age 7 and 11. The tests at age 11 will indicate whether or not children are meeting age related expectations.


Scantabout Primary School is working towards developing its assessment practices to ensure pupils achieve in line with the new expectations.


The Government’s website gives full details of the New National Curriculum.