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National Curriculum & Early Years Framework
(At April 17)
All children between the ages of 5 and 11 study the National Curriculum, which was revised in 2014. The National Curriculum sets the content and learning objectives and is prescribed by the Department for Education – schools are free to develop the quality teaching and learning experiences to deliver it.
Children in Early Years follow the statutory framework which was reviewed in April 2017. A link to the full document is at the bottom of this page, with the overarching principles detailed below.
The full document is available from the Department for Education (Link at end of page). However, a summary is available below.
Structure of the National Curriculum
All schools are also required to teach religious education at all key stages. Secondary schools must provide sex and relationship education.
Statutory teaching of religious education and sex and relationship education
RE is a statutory subject taught in all primary schools. In our school, we adopt the Lancashire RE syllabus.
PSHE is also taught through a thematic approach which includes Circle Time and assemblies. Since September 2012, we have integrated Values Education into our PSHE curriculum which we are confident will enrich the PSHE curriculum, and support our school in developing our 'Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural' (SMSC) understanding. Since January 2017, we have also begun to implement the values and principles of UNICEF's Rights Respecting Schools explicitly through our curriculum teaching and also through the developing ethos of our school.
To find out more about the curriculum by class or by subject, just click on the tabs on the left hand side of this page.
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Reception pupils follow the Early Years Framework, which has been updated from April 2017.
Four guiding principles should shape practice in early years settings. These are:
• every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
• children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
• children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
• children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates.
The areas of learning and development
There are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive. These three areas, the prime areas, are:
• communication and language;
• physical development; and
• personal, social and emotional development.
Children are also supported in four specific areas, through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied. The specific areas are:
• understanding the world; and
• expressive arts and design.
For more information about National Curriculum and EYFS guidance, please click on the links below: