Curriculum for EYFS, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2

Our Curriculum

The school complies with the requirements of DFE Circular 7/90 “The Management of the School Day” which recommends a minimum of 21 hours teaching during the week for children in Key Stage One and 23.5 hours teaching time for children in Key Stage 2.

The Early Years Foundation Stage

The curriculum for our youngest children in Reception Class, takes into account the individual needs and stage of development of each child. We strongly believe that children in the Foundation Stage learn best through a balance of learning activities based on their interests and focused play to enhance learning.

The curriculum of the Early Years Foundation Stage is organised into seven areas of learning:

• Personal, Social and Emotional Development
• Communication and Language
• Physical Development
• Literacy
• Mathematics
• Expressive Art and Design
• Understanding of the World

We build on children’s prior experiences and extend their knowledge skills and understanding through exciting backdrops which are linked to the areas of learning and the pupils’ interests. Each area of the curriculum has developmental matters which establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of Foundation Stage. Some children will do more than is expected of them, whilst others will be still working towards them.

Assessment within Foundation Stage will now include a baseline assessment during the first half term of the year. This is simply a check on how well children are settling in to school and will consist of observations of the child at play, not a formal test. Children will be unaware of the process, and there is no pass or fail, it is simply an observation of the child’s skills to date. At the end of the Foundation Stage (Reception Year), children are assessed again against the set of 7 key areas of learning and development. These cover not only numeracy and literacy but also include personal, social and emotional development, physical skills, communication and language. For each goal, we will report whether your child is meeting expectations, exceeding them or they’re still working towards the skill concerned, this is called ‘emerging’.

Curriculum Year 1-6

At Brading CE Primary School we recognise that all pupils are entitled to have access to a broad range of learning experiences which will allow them to develop the knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes necessary to build a love of learning and to enable them to play a full part as responsible citizens in the 21st Century. The curriculum aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve, irrespective of social background, culture, race, gender, differences in ability and disabilities.

We aim to provide skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening to allow every pupil to communicate effectively. We provide learning in numeracy and ICT, which will provide pupils with the knowledge and skills appropriate to permit them to be successful individuals in their adult life. Both our curriculum and the whole school ethos promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and support them in developing principles for distinguishing appropriate choices. Pupils are encouraged to think creatively, to show respect, to be able to work both independently and collaboratively, where appropriate. Our curriculum enables pupils to develop their physical skills and promotes personal and social well-being.

We strongly believe that the curriculum we provide the pupils with should stimulate enjoyment and a love of learning. Pupils should see a real purpose to their learning as a means of encouraging the best possible progress and the highest attainment for all, preparing them for the next steps in their education.

The subjects we provide are in line with the requirements of the National Curriculum. These include; English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design Technology, ICT, PE. We also provide a Modern Foreign language in Key Stage Two and follow the Isle of Wight Agreed Syllabus for RE.  

For Key Stage 1 Phonics we use Letter and Sounds and our reading scheme is Oxford Reading Tree.

Curriculum Overview 2019 - 2020

For details of individual class curriculum overviews, please see class pages.

Personal, Social Health and Economic Education

PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which our children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

For details of our PSHE overview, please click here.

Parent’s Guide to the New National Curriculum

The National Curriculum in England has undergone a big transformation.

From September 2014, schools in England need to teach new and updated Programmes of Study.

Although there are fewer things to teach in the new curriculum than previously, one of the aims of the new curriculum is to make expectations more challenging.  This should bring schools in England in line with other countries around the world.

So what are the main changes?

Please find below some of the changes to the curriculum:

Subject What's Changed?

There is now more emphasis on children improving their vocabulary, grammar, punctuation and spelling.  More will be expected of children at a younger age.  For example, using commas and apostrophes in writing is now taught at Key Stage 1 instead of Key Stage 2.

There is more importance on spoken English and listening skills.  Children are now to be taught about debating and presenting their ideas to an audience.


There is now more emphasis on children’s mental calculation skills and learning of number facts.

Younger children in year 1 are now expected to count up to 100 (up to 20 in the old curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (this is up to 10 in the old curriculum)

Simple fractions are now taught in key stage 1 and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions.

By the age of 9 children are expected to know by heart times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary)

Children must also be able to use the language of maths in order to talk about relationships and patterns they notice, and be able to reason mathematically.

Problem solving is also used as a way of applying mathematical skills and concepts in a variety of routine and non-routine scenarios.


There is more learning on scientific knowledge and the use of scientific language.

Evolution will now be taught in primary schools for the first time.

New topics will include knowing about the human circulatory system.

Design and Technology

This now has a greater importance than it did in the old curriculum.

The new curriculum encourages children to become the designers and engineers of the future.

There will be more sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics.

In Key Stage 2 children will now learn about how key events and individuals in design have helped to shape the world as we know it.


The computing programme of study within the National Curriculum 2014 sets out an overview of learning objectives that children should be taught by the end of each key stage. Brading will help the children to have a good understanding of how computers work in this highly digital age. Whether a child grows up to be a programmer or not, the skills within computing are useful because many of them centre around problem-solving which can be applied in many other contexts. 

Online safety is a key feature for all Primary school children and here at Brading all pupils will be taught online safety. 


Languages are now mandatory from year 3 onwards.

Children will be expected to know basic grammar, punctuation and to converse, read and write in the schools’ chosen language.

At Brading our main language teaching will be French.

Religious Education

Religious Education is an integral part of the curriculum and aim to see the ethos and values of a church school permeate all aspects of learning and the school community. Religious Education is taught in accordance with the Isle of Wight syllabus to ensure children are able to explore Christianity as well as having an understanding for other world religions.

We aim for pupils to value themselves and others, and we encourage them to be able to speak openly about their beliefs in a safe environment. Collective worship is central to the life of the school.

We enjoy close links with Brading churches. Local clergy visit half termly to take Collective Worship as well as visiting classrooms and inviting the school into the churches. Religious Education and Collective Worship have provided opportunities to make links with the local and wider community.

RE curriculum overview 2018-2019


Staff at School have already been working hard on making the changes to our teaching and planning so that we can deliver the new curriculum.

You will still receive a topic web for your child’s class which will tell you what they will be learning each half term. 

If you have any questions about our new curriculum please ask!


Personal, Social Health and Economic Education

PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which our children acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

 SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural)

Please click on the links below to access details of our curriculum

Numeracy for Key Stages 1 and 2

English for Key Stages 1 and 2

English Glossary of Terms

Spelling Progression 2018-2019

Writing Expectations Year 1

Writing Expectations Year 2

Writing Expectations Lower KS2

Writing Expectations Upper KS2

End of Year Expectations EYFS (Parents Guide)

End of Year Expectations Year 1 (Parents Guide)

End of Year Expectations Year 2 (Parents Guide)

End of Year Expectations Year 3 (Parents Guide)

End of Year Expectations Year 4 (Parents Guide)

End of Year Expectations Year 5 (Parents Guide)

End of Year Expectations Year 6 (Parents Guide)