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What Will My Child Be Taught?

After Reception, your child will move into Year 1 and, after a year, into Year 2, Year 3 and so on. Years 1 and 2 are called ‘Key Stage 1'. Years 3–6 are called ‘Key Stage 2’. Children are taught according to the National Curriculum.

The National Curriculum outlines what is taught in state schools. It sets out what education all children are entitled to, whatever their background, and the standards for learning and attainment. It should also ensure continuity between schools and between stages of education. The National Curriculum is divided into ‘Key Stages’.

In primary school, children must study English, Maths, Science, Design and Technology (DT), Information and Communication Technology (ICT), History, Geography, Art and Design, Music, Physical Education.

Other subjects

State schools have to teach Religious Education. Generally, that will be broadly Christian with some teaching of the other major faiths. However, what is taught is usually agreed locally with an interfaith forum and will therefore differ depending on the local authority and the nature of the community.

Pupils might also study Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and, possibly, a modern foreign language.

Concerns about the curriculum

All schools must produce a written statement of their policy on Sex and Relationship Education (SRE), which should be taught as part of PSHE so that pupils ‘consider the moral aspects of sex education and are encouraged to develop loving and caring relationships’. You have the right to withdraw your child from part or all of SRE except elements that are included in Science teaching. Independent schools don’t have to teach sex education.

You can withdraw your child from Religious Education lessons and collective worship.

Some schools will adjust Physical Education classes to suit, for example, children who are fasting during the period of Ramadhan. You might want to let the school know if there are other reasons why your child might find PE classes difficult.