Statutory guidance

National curriculum in England: primary curriculum

The national curriculum primary programmes of study and attainment targets for key stages 1 and 2.



This is the statutory primary national curriculum, including programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects at key stages 1 and 2, except languages which are only studied at key stage 2.

These must be taught in all local-authority-maintained primary schools in England from September 2014.

The statutory primary national curriculum is issued by law; you must follow it unless there is a good reason not to.

The individual programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 are also available for each subject:

Teachers should note that in the 2014 to 2015 academic year, pupils in years 2 and 6 should be taught the pre-2014 programmes of study in English, mathematics and science. These pupils will sit the current key stage 1 and 2 tests respectively. New tests will be available from 2016.

Further information about the pre-2014 primary curriculum is available on the National Archives.

Schools are not required by law to teach the example content in [square brackets] or the content indicated as being ‘non-statutory’.