Watlington Primary School

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National Curriculum

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


 The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.


All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage and sex and relationship education to pupils in secondary education.


Maintained schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils. All schools must publish their school curriculum by subject and academic year online.


All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice.


Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education. 


The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.


The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum. 



Pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, including community special schools and foundation special schools, and in voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools, must follow the national curriculum. It is organised on the basis of four key stages and twelve subjects, classified in legal terms as ‘core’ and ‘other foundation’ subjects.


The Secretary of State for Education is required to publish programmes of study for each national curriculum subject, setting out the ‘matters, skills and processes’ to be taught at each key stage. Schools are free to choose how they organise their school day, as long as the content of the national curriculum programmes of study is taught to all pupils.


For more information about our school's curriculum, please speak to your child's class teacher or contact us via the office email.

Our Curriculum

Our school curriculum has to be uniquely tailored to the needs and interests of our pupils so that we continue to engage and motivate them as life long learners. 

We plan for a creative curriculum with each topic having a good book at its heart, this sound base gives the children every opportunity to immerse themselves in and become masters of their topic. This is combined with regular wow events throughout the curriculum that further enrich the learning experience of all of the pupils and maintain the excitement for the topic.  

At the end of each year, children are asked what topics they would like to learn during the new school year. The class teacher takes these ideas and moulds them with the New National Curriculum to provide an exciting and dynamic plan of learning experiences for the year ahead.

Beyond the National Curriculum
As part of our wider curriculum we teach personal, social and health education which plans to equip our children to be outstanding citizens of the future. We want children to leave our school as resilient learners passionate and determined to achieve their dreams and aspirations, therefore the sessions follow three themes:

  • Learning to learn - focusses on how we learn and what makes a a good learner including strategies such as growth mindset
  • being a responsible citizen - learning about key values and living as part of a bigger society including anti-bullying and internet safety
  • Health and well-being - learning about looking after ourselves and others including (where appropriate) smoking, drugs education and sex and relationships education.



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