Primary 'A Curriculum for Excellence'


TurtleIn September 2014 the primary school curriculum was given a radical shake-up by central government. Inspired by what is taught in the world’s most successful school systems, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland, as well as in the best UK schools, the new curriculum was designed to produce ‘productive, creative and well educated students’.

The aim of the changes was to raise standards. A copy of the complete Primary National Curriculum can be accessed HERE.

What are the main changes?

The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum.

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Will the new primary curriculum involve any new tests?

The Department for Education has overhauled the format and content of national tests taken in Year 2 and Year 6 to reflect the new curriculum. Children will take these new tests for the first time in May 2016.

You can check out some example papers (link is external) on the DfE’s website.

In response to the new curriculum there will also be a new grading system replacing the previous national curriculum levels.

The PDF files below, produced by a commercial company ‘Rising Stars’, summarise the new primary curriculum being followed by our school.

Parents Complete Guide

Parents Guide Year 1

Parents Guide Year 2

Parents Guide Year 3

Parents Guide Year 4

Parents Guide Year 5

Parents Guide Year 6



The following  information provides an overview of what children will learn in English in particular year groups:

English in Year 1

English in Year 2

English in Year 3 & 4

English in Year 5 & 6

Learning Maths


In 2015-16 we adopted a new maths mastery programme Inspire Maths developed by Oxford University Press. We took part in a trial developing the resources and were impressed at the progress children achieved.

More information on the programme can be found by clicking HERE to link to the Inspire Mathswebsite.

An overview of what’s taught through Inspire Maths can be read by clicking on the following links.

Inspire 1 – used in Y1 & Y2

Inspire 2 – used in Y2 & Y3

Inspire 3 – used in Y4

Inspire 4 – used in Y5 & Y6

Inspire 5 – used in Y6