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Curriculum Overview

The National Curriculum

In 2013 the government announced plans to overhaul the national curriculum. For most children, these changes will take effect from September 2014, but children in Years 2 and 6 will follow the existing programmes of study in English, Maths and Science until September 2015.

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. It also follows on from similar curriculum revamps in Scotland and Wales, which were implemented in 2010 and 2008 respectively and have a similar focus on excellence and core skills.

The main changes in the new curriculum are summarised here: Overview of Curriculum Changes

Here you can access the new national document in its entirety: Primary National Curriculum

The New Curriculum at Lakes Primary School

At Lakes Primary School, we have been working very hard to produce a curriculum which not only meets, but enhances the requirements of the new National Curriculum.

Here you will find a brief overview of the themes that will be covered in each key stage for the academic year 2019-2020: Curriculum Themes and Coverage 2019-2020

Here you will find a brief overview of the themes that will be covered in each key stage for the academic year 2020-2021: Curriculum Themes 2020-2021

These themes form our school curriculum which runs as part of a two year rolling programme.

More detailed information will be provided in our curriculum newsletters, which will continue to be sent out to you.

We use a range of materials to support with the teaching of phonics and reading and do not rely on one specific scheme.  Staff will be happy to share their expertise if you have any questions.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The curriculum for pupils in Nursery and Reception remains the same. It covers 7 areas of learning development. Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first, as these are the skills most essential for healthy development and future learning.

  • Communication and language (speaking and listening)
  • Physical development (PE and large scale play) – (mapping for KS1 & KS2 are available for viewing/download below)
  • Personal, social and emotional development

As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas:

  • Literacy (Reading and Writing)
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world (Science, ICT, History, Geography and RE)
  • Expressive arts and design (Art, Music, Dance and Design Technology)

To find out more about these areas of learning visit Foundation Years website

You can find out further information on the School Curriculum from downloading the documents from the table below.

Document Title Download
Overview of Curriculum Changes Download
Primary National Curriculum Download
Curriculum Themes and Coverage 2019-2020 Download
Curriculum Themes 2020-2021 Download
Lakes PE Map Year 1 2019-2020 Download
Lakes PE Map Year 2 2019-2020 Download
Lakes PE Map Year 3&4 2019-2020 Download
Lakes PE Map Year 5&6 2019 – 2020 Download


In the News

Next Parents Evening Date

Our next Parents Evenings will run the week commencing Monday 22nd June 2020,  appointment times will be available outside your child's classroom.

17th April 2020


IT’s WORLD BOOK DAY! – Thursday 5th March

To celebrate World Book Day your child can dress up as their book character from their favourite book.  A suggested donation is £1 per pupil and all monies will go…

6th March 2019


Red Nose Day 2019

 On Friday 15th March we will be supporting Comic Relief by taking part in Red Nose Day. For a £1 donation children (and staff) can come to school dressed in…

14th March 2019



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Coronavirus Updates

Update – Academic year 2020-2021.  School reopens for all children on Wednesday 2nd September for the beginning of the Autumn term.  We look forward to seeing you on your return

Letter to Parents for September Return

Return to School Full Opening of School Risk Assessment Letter

Keep informed with the latest information regarding Coronavirus Updates,  available in the tab on the menu bar.

Wellbeing - The local council have issued an information letter to provide access to a range of advice, support and resources for children, young people, families and professionals working with children and young people during this uncertain time.

Home Learning Packs are available for each year group and will continue to be updated and added as the situation continues.