The National Curriculum


From September 2014 a revised National Curriculum became statutory for all maintained schools across the country.

As a Focus Trust Academy we are working with a variety of supporting resources including:

  • The Learning Challenge Curriculum
  • Focus English: High Quality Texts
  • White Rose Maths

We have developed our approach to the National Curriculum making it exciting, meaningful and relevant to our pupils.

The 2014 National Curriculum sets out its aims for English and Mathematics clearly.


The overarching aim for English in the national curriculum is to promote high standards of literacy by equipping pupils with a strong command of the written and spoken word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading for enjoyment. The national curriculum for English aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

It lays out the statutory requirements in the form of objectives for:

  •  Spoken Language
  • Reading

– Word Reading

–  Comprehension

  • Writing

– Transcription

– Composition

–      Vocabulary, Punctuation and Grammar


Reading and Phonics approach

The new curriculum alongside ‘Letters and Sounds’ (DfE, 2007) forms the basis for our Phonic teaching from Reception to Intervention groups in Year 3. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 we deliver discrete, differentiated Phonics daily utilising support staff to ensure all children’s needs are met. Guided Reading runs alongside our Phonics sessions ensuring a blended approach to the teaching of reading developing cueing strategies including whole word recognition; reading for meaning and the application of phonics.

Understanding what is read is a vital skill and comprehension of texts is emphasised throughout the academy. We benefit from a wide range of reading books that provide a broad and balanced experience for all children. A culture of Reading is being nurtured through careful text selection within the curriculum and promotion of reading at home through events and the development of the library



The overarching aim for Maths in the national curriculum is for pupils to develop fluency, mathematical reasoning and competence in solving increasingly sophisticated problems. They should also apply their mathematical knowledge to science and other subjects. The national curriculum for mathematics aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • become fluent in the fundamentals of mathematics, including through varied and frequent practice with increasingly complex problems over time, so that pupils develop conceptual understanding and the ability to recall and apply knowledge rapidly and accurately.
  •     reason mathematically by following a line of enquiry, conjecturing relationships and generalisations, and developing an argument, justification or proof using mathematical language.
  •   can solve problems by applying their mathematics to a variety of routine and non-routine problems with increasing sophistication, including breaking down problems into a series of simpler steps and persevering in seeking solutions.

Mathematics is an interconnected subject in which pupils need to be able to move fluently between representations of mathematical ideas. The programmes of study are, by necessity, organised into apparently distinct domains, but pupils should make rich connections across mathematical ideas. 

It lays out the statutory requirements in the form of objectives for:

  •  Number including place value, calculations and fractions.
  • Measures including money, time and length.
  • Geometry including shape, angles, position and direction.
  • Statistics including graphing and tables.

You can read the new National Curriculum for English and Maths here:

National Curriculum English

National Curriculum Maths

All End of Year Expectations


The Curriculum and British Values Curriculum

Each academy within the Focus-Trust uses the National Curriculum for England as the basis for planning their curriculum for pupils. This helps to ensure that all pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum. The national curriculum includes English, mathematics, science, geography, history, music, art & design, computing, design & technology, languages, music and physical education.

British Values

Each academy has designed and personalised their curriculum to ensure that it meets the distinctive needs of their pupils. The curriculum is designed to equip pupils for later life in modern Britain. As part of the curriculum, each academy actively promotes the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Tolerance and respect

As a state funded British school, we actively promote tolerance of and respect for all people – regardless of faith, culture, lifestyle or background.


Each academy is fully compliant with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010.