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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 and can be veiwed in full on the Curriculum Maps page.

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

We use Read Write Inc. to support with the teaching of phonics and early reading.  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 TitleDownload
Overview of Curriculum ChangesDownload
Primary National CurriculumDownload
Curriculum Themes and Coverage 2019-2020Download
Curriculum Themes 2020-2021Download
Lakes PE Map Year REC 2020-2021Download
Lakes PE Map Year 1&2 2020-2021Download
Lakes PE Map Year 3&4 2020-2021Download
Lakes PE Map Year 5&6 2020-2021Download
Lakes PE Overview 2020-2021Download

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In the News

Red Nose Day 2021

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Pupils, present and in our recent past, have been celebrating a number of fabulous achievements in recent weeks. It started with year 5 pupil, Alisha, winning the Northern Echo 500…

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Autumn Scavenger Hunt

Click the link below to read about our October Healthy Schools Challenge. Entries for the challenge will close on 2 November 2020 and photos can be sent to office@lakesprimary.co.uk Autumn…

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Wider Opening of Schools - 8th March 2021


We look forward to welcoming all pupils back into school from Monday 8th March.  Please return to your usual external classroom doors as before.

In order to continue to keep everyone safe, we require ALL PARENTS / CARERS to wear face coverings when on school site.  If you are not wearing a face covering you will be asked to wear one.  This is to ensure we work together to continue the journey out of lockdown to brighter times for everyone.