Key stage 1 and 2 - National Curriculum

Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:

Design and technology
Art and design
Physical education (PE), including swimming
Ancient and modern foreign languages (at key stage 2)
Schools must provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their Children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.

Schools often also teach:

Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
Modern foreign languages (at key stage 1)
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 does not do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2.

Key stage 1
Key stage 1 tests cover:

English reading
English grammar, punctuation and spelling

Your child will take the tests in May. You can ask the school for the test results.
You’ll be sent the results of your child’s teacher assessments automatically.

Key stage 2
Your child will take national tests in May when they reach the end of key stage 2.

These test your child’s skills in:

English reading
English grammar, punctuation and spelling
The tests last less than 4 hours. You’ll get the results in July.

The school will send you the results of your child’s tests and teacher assessments.