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National Curriculum

The National Curriculum was first published in 1988 and the most recent version was published in 2014. 


Pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools must follow the national curriculum, this includes Brook Street School. It is organised on the basis of four key stages and 12 subjects. Subjects are classified as core subjects or foundation subjects. 

In primary schools we teach the first two key stages, key stage 1  (years 1 and 2) and key stage 2 (years 3, 4, 5 and 6). In those key stages, we are required to teach the following subjects:


Core Subjects

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science


Foundation Subjects

  • Art & Design
  • Computing
  • Design & Technology
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (key stage 2 only)
  • Music
  • Physical Education


The Government's  Secretary of State for Education is required to publish Programmes of Study for each subject, setting out the matters, skills and processes to be taught at each key stage. However, schools are free to choose how they organise their curriculum and the school day. 

National Curriculum Parents Guide



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Primary National Curriculum

The Wider Curriculum


Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based on which:


  • Promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • Preparing pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


Schools must also teach religious education, based on a locally agreed syllabus, relationships and sex education and PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education. 


In addition, schools are expected to devise and deliver their own bespoke curriculum that meets the needs of their pupils and their community. They must have a clearly communicated intent, implementation and impact to this curriculum. More details about the curriculum at Brook Street can be found in the 'Key Information' section of our website. 

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