Curriculum

If you wish to find out more about our school curriculum, please make an appointment to visit school and speak to a member of staff. Every September, we invite parents to school for a 'meet the teacher' session, during which the curriculum for the year is explained. In addition, we send out a newsletter every half-term outlining the planned curriculum coverage in each class.

Your child will study a wide range of subjects during their time at primary school. Knowing about the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2, and the subjects that are taught, can help you to support your child's learning.

National Curriculum subjects

The National Curriculum is made up of blocks of years, known as key stages:
Year 1 and Year 2 of primary school are known as Key Stage 1
Years 3 to 6 of primary school are known as Key Stage 2
Schools also have to teach religious education.

National Curriculum Assessments

At Key Stages 1, and 2 the National Curriculum is accompanied by a series of grades. These are used to measure your child's progress compared to pupils of the same age across the country.
All schools assess pupils’ progress during the school year, though some make more frequent use of the National Curriculum grades than others. You'll receive information about the grades your child has reached termly and in their end of year school report.
Your child will be formally assessed at the end of Key Stages 1 and 2. At the end of Key Stage 1, the teacher’s assessment of your child’s progress will take account of their performance in several tasks and tests in English and maths.
At the end of Key Stage 2, your child will take national tests in English, and maths. You will be sent their test results and their teacher’s assessment of their progress.
By the end of each year group, most children will have reached the expected standard for their age.

Developing English skills

As well as reading and writing, English involves the development speaking and listening skills. The curriculum encourages teachers to use a variety of approaches to teaching English. It recommends regular, dedicated English lessons, but recognises that pupils can also develop English skills while they learn about other subjects in the curriculum.
The curriculum encourages teachers to put a greater emphasis on using ‘phonics’ (teaching your child to recognise the sounds of parts of words) grammar, punctuation and spelling. It also stresses the part you play as a parent in helping your child to develop their English skills.

Developing maths skills

The curriculum recommends a daily maths lesson, providing guidance for schools on how to develop pupils’ mathematical thinking and number skills.
As with English, schools are encouraged to use a variety of approaches. The curriculum puts more emphasis on rapid recall of arithmetic and reasoning skills. It's recommend that children should develop their recall of multiplication tables earlier, with a focus on understanding and application.
Parents are encouraged to get involved in developing their child’s numeracy skills as much as possible.

Contact the School

Longton Primary School

School Ln
Longton
Lancashire
PR4 5YA

Tel: 01772 612 495
Bursar@longton.lancs.sch.uk