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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 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

Lakes Pupils are Winners!

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…

2nd December 2020


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 [email protected] Autumn…

21st October 2020


Halloween 2020

On Friday 23rd October we will be having Halloween activities in our classrooms. Children can come to school dressed in their Halloween costume for the day.

21st October 2020



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Coronavirus Updates - School Closure January 2021

Following the announcement this evening (4th January 2021) by the Government we are once again in a National lockdown and schools are closed until mid February 2021.

School REMAINS OPEN for vulnerable children and key worker children should you wish for them to attend – please see definitions below:

Vulnerable children:  Any child whose family is working with social care or early help, any child who has an EHCP, any child in the process of an EHCP, any child who is ‘looked after’, any child considered a ‘young carer’ and any child who is struggling with anxiety who would be better placed at school during this time.

Key workers: Parents/Carers who work in:- health and social care; Education and childcare settings; public services; local and national government; food and other necessary goods; public safety and national security; transport and border infrastructure; utilities, communication and financial services.

If this applies to you, your children are still able to attend school. Please bring them as usual at the same time, to the same door as normal tomorrow. You will be asked to complete a form as a record of your eligibility if you are claiming ‘key worker’ status.

For further information regarding free school meals please see letter in full here.

Your child’s learning is important to us, so we’ll continue to help your child learn. Simply click Home Learning Packs to access home learning packs.

Keep Safe

Mrs Madden