National curriculum in England: primary curriculum
- Department for Education
- Part of:
- Primary school teachers: useful information, School leadership teams: useful information, National curriculum, Schools: statutory guidance, and School and college qualifications and curriculum
- First published:
- 11 September 2013
- Last updated:
- 6 May 2015, see all updates
- Applies to:
The national curriculum primary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 and 2.
The statutory primary national curriculum, including programmes of study and attainment targets, for all subjects at key stages 1 and 2. Languages are only statutory at key stage 2.
These must be taught in all local-authority-maintained primary schools in England.
The statutory primary national curriculum is issued by law, which means you must follow it unless there is a good reason not to.
Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets] or the content indicated as being ‘non-statutory’.
The individual programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 are also available for each subject.
Further information about the pre-2014 primary curriculum is available on the National Archives.
Published: 11 September 2013
Updated: 6 May 2015
- Updated document - amended information about light in primary science, page 159.
- First published.