Our approach to the National Curriculum hinges on our belief that all children are entitled to the widest possible range of learning experiences in practical, academic, social and spiritual spheres. This broad curriculum is balanced with the need to provide regular and continuous practice in basic skills. It is also organised to help develop a child’s autonomy, foster curiosity and provide enjoyment and interest.

The National Curriculum 2014

The new National Curriculum outlines what must be taught in Key Stages 1 and 2 (Years 1-6) in maintained state schools in England from September 2014. It provides details of children’s statutory curriculum entitlement in English, Mathematics and Science and across 10 further subject areas: Art and design, Computing (formerly ICT, or Information Communication Technology), Design and technology, Geography, History, MFL (Modern Foreign Languages), Music, Physical Education, PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and RE (Religious Education).

The requirements of the new national curriculum raise expectations of pupils’ learning and achievement, particularly in English and Maths. At Little Gaddesden we use a range of intervention programmes to meet these requirements, including the Sounds Write Programme and Abacus Programme for Maths. The website Curriculum area is intended to provide parents with information about these programmes and to show how the Little Gaddesden curriculum builds on the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum across all subject areas to provide a rich and distinctive learning experience for our children.

Early Years Foundation Stage

The revised EYFS will be operational from September 2021 and therefore relevant to all children in Class 1 from that date.

We hope it makes things a little clearer for you but we will be explaining it all in more detail at our Parents Meetings in October. If you have any questions or concerns before then, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Parents’ Guide to the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework

What does planning look like in the EYFS?

Provision for pupils with disabilities and special educational needs