School Curriculum

To see the plan for the school school, click here: Whole School Plan

For an overview of the learning oportunities planned for each year group for 2016-17, please click on the links below.

The Phonics Scheme we use is Letters and Sounds. Phonics at Vicarage Park.

The Reading Schemes we use are Oxford Reading Tree and Heinemann Story Worlds.

Reading in Early Years and Key Stage 1

Reading in KS2

For further details about our curriculum, please contact the school.


The 2014 Curriculum - A Guide for Parents

The National Curriculum in England has been in place since September 2014. The main aim for changing the curriculum is to raise standards further. Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the current curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.

The main changes.

The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects.


Subject What’s new?
English 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.
Maths 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 12×12(currently 10×10 by the end of primary school)
Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.
Science 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 Design and Technology has become more important in 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.
ICT Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with agreater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet
Internet safety – currently only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools

Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language 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


Please click here to view the Full 2014 National Curriculum


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