Our school Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum subjects for Key Stages 1 and 2, as set out in section 84 of the Education Act 2002.
We continue to monitor developments with the Coalition Government and their work towards producing a new National Curriculum. The new National Curriculum has now been finalised and is statutory (since Sept 2014) and is being taught to our children. Religious Education (RE) is provided to all pupils on the school roll, unless withdrawn by their parents. As a maintained school, we follow the locally agreed syllabus approved by Durham Local Authority.
The National Curriculum applies to pupils of compulsory school age in maintained schools. At Cassop Primary School it is organised on the basis of two key stages:
• Key Stage 1: Ages 5-7 (Years 1-2)
• Key Stage 2: Ages 7-11 (Years 3-6)
For each subject and for each key stage, programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught, and attainment targets set out the expected standards of pupils’ performance.
Programmes of Study
The programmes of study, in relation to a key stage, are the matters, skills, and processes which are required to be taught to pupils of different abilities and maturities by the end of that key stage. In short, they set out what pupils should be taught in each National Curriculum subject at each key stage.
Attainment targets, in relation to a key stage, means the knowledge, skills and understanding which pupils of different abilities and maturities are expected to have by the end of that key stage. The attainment targets are currently set out in the form of level descriptors.
The level descriptions provide the basis for making judgements about pupils’ performance at the end of key stages 1, 2 and 3. National Curriculum Programmes of Study and Attainment Targets are available at: Gov UK – National Curriculum website.
What is statutory?
Key Stage 1
The statutory subjects that all pupils must be taught at Key Stage 1 are: Art and Design, Design and Technology (D&T), Literacy/English, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Mathematics, Music, Physical Education (PE), Science.
Key Stage 2
The statutory subjects that all pupils must be taught at Key Stage 2 are: Art and Design, Design and Technology (D&T), Literacy/English, Geography, History, Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Numeracy/Mathematics, Modern Foreign Language (MFL), Music, Physical Education (PE), Science.
What is non-statutory?
A framework for PSHE and citizenship education is included as a non-statutory programme of study and this includes work focussed on children’s rights through ‘Rights Respecting’.