Primary School

Ernesford Grange






Our Curriculum

The New Curriculum

The main changes to the Primary Curriculum are listed in the table below. For a more detailed look at the content for each year group, please click this link. (You will then need to download the attachment in the link in order to view the content.)


What’s new?


  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
  • Handwriting  – not currently assessed under the national curriculum – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
  • Spoken English  has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating  and presenting skills


  • Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100  (compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10)
  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1 , and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8)
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary school)
  • Calculators will not be used at all in primary schools, to encourage mental arithmetic


  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms
  • Evolution  will be taught in primary schools for the first time
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system

Design & technology

  • Afforded greater importance under the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future
  • More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics
  • In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world



  • Currently not statutory, modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language
 Full details of the curriculum can be found here .

Our school provides full delivery of the National Curriculum, together with Religious Education.

Our curriculum aims can be summarised as follows:

• To provide a programme of study appropriate to the needs, abilities and aptitudes of individual pupils.

• To promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of all pupils.

• To prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

• To recognise that many pupils will have special educational needs from time to time.

The curriculum is carefully planned to provide progression through the seven years of Primary Education. Each child is encouraged to progress at a rate appropriate to his/her needs. Our aim is for every child to reach their full potential and to achieve the highest possible standard in all areas of the curriculum.

For each year group the content of a specific area of the curriculum is organised according to objectives set out in the National Curriculum. Work in the core subjects of Literacy, Numeracy and Science form the basis of the curriculum. Other curriculum areas taught to the children are known as Foundation subjects and include History, Geography, Music, Information Technology, Art, Design Technology, Religious Education and Physical Education. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is also taught throughout the school.

Cross-curricular themes or topics are devised for all age groups which aim to show links and inter-relationships between the different subject areas and to make the curriculum relevant to the age and abilities of the children.

A residential experience is offered to all pupils in Year 6. This experience takes place in North Wales at Plas Dol-y-Moch and lasts for five days. Year 6 pupils are also given the opportunity to visit our international partner school which is located in Zamora, Spain.