Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:
- design and technology
- art and design
- physical education (PE), including swimming
- information and communication technology (ICT)
Schools can develop their own ICT curricula or follow the programmes of study. They must also provide religious education (RE) but children don’t have to study it.
Schools often also teach:
- personal, social and health education (PSHE)
- modern foreign languages
Tests and assessments
Year 1 phonics screening check
The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child doesn’t do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2.
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 1 tasks and tests cover:
- speaking and listening
The tasks and tests are taken when the school chooses.
Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out what level your child is at in each area.
You can ask for the results but they’re only used to help the teacher assess your child’s work.
Key Stage 2
Key Stage 2 tests cover:
- English reading
- English grammar, punctuation and spelling
- maths (including mental arithmetic)
The tests are taken in mid-May and last under 5.5 hours in total. You’ll get the results in July. If your child is demonstrating higher achievement then the headteacher may put them in for extra tests.
When your child reaches the end of Key Stage 2 the teacher will also give reports on your child’s progress in English, maths and science.