National Curriculum

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It is obviously not easy to describe all we do in educating the children in one short document, but our basic philosophy is that the following are our aims within the National Curriculum.

National Curriculum consists of:-

Core subjects - English, Maths, Science and Computing.

Foundation subjects – Art and Design, Design and Technology, History, Geography, Languages, Music and Physical Education.

The broader curriculum promotes spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  Pikes Lane Primary School ensures that the curriculum provided encompasses aspects of personal, social, religious and moral education, health education, environmental education and learning about the world of work.

Structured play is an essential part of the curriculum especially for Nursery children and those in the early years. Many units of work involve learning from several areas of the curriculum and cross-curricular links are planned for. In K.S. 1 children learn through a thematic approach.  In K.S.2 there is more emphasis on subject teaching. However, where links between subjects arise naturally they are used.

Our aims for each Curriculum area are as follows:-


a) Spoken language - to encourage children to listen with attention and understanding and to enjoy the experience of communicating clearly to individuals and groups.

b) Reading - to develop the fluency of children's reading to enable them to enjoy the widest possible range of literature and to have ready access to information.  Comprehension skills draw from the knowledge of language.

c) Writing - to enable the children to express themselves clearly in writing, using good style, legible script and correct spelling.


a) To provide children with the mathematical knowledge, skills and understanding needed for adult life.

b) To foster enjoyment and positive attitudes to mathematics.

c) To communicate information and should be related to real life problems and the child's everyday experience.

d) Children will receive a broad, balanced, relevant and differentiated curriculum, providing practical, investigative, oral, written and problem solving activities. The correct mathematical vocabulary will be taught.



a) To develop scientific knowledge and conceptual understanding through the specific teaching of biology, chemistry and physics.

b) To develop understanding of the nature, processes and methods of science through different types of science enquiries that help them to answer scientific questions about the world around them.

c) To ensure pupils are equipped with the scientific knowledge required to understand the uses and implications of science, today and for the future. 

d) To nurture in children "awe" of science.


a) Understand the principles of computer science including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
b) To analyse and write computer programmes to solve problems.
c) To evaluate and apply information technology, analytically to solve problems.
d) To be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.



a) To learn about the past and the methods used to study it, to help pupils make sense of the world in which they live.

b) To gain understanding of how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

c) To arouse interest and enjoyment in the study of the past.

d) To contribute to pupils' knowledge and understanding of other countries and cultures.

e) To understand the present in the light of the past.


a) To develop contextual knowledge of the location of globally significant places.

b) To understand the processes that give rise to physical and human geographical features of the world.

c) To develop competency in geographical skills needed to gather data from experience of fieldwork.

d) To interpret a range of sources including maps.

e) Communicate findings in a variety of ways.

Religious Education

Religious education takes into account the multi-cultural nature of the society in which we live. It permits the children to become familiar with the faiths which are found in our own school. Emphasis is placed on learning about each other and the experiences and concepts which unite us. This hopefully leads to understanding and tolerance. In hearing about the characters, stories, celebrations and rituals connected to certain religions, the children are encouraged to respect the beliefs of others and explore their own. Religious Education is non-denominational and follows the L.E.A.'s Agreed Syllabus.

The main aims are:-

a) To enable the pupils to explore and to understand the sources and the nature of religion and its significance in human life, thus helping them cope with some of the ultimate questions of human existence.

b) To encourage pupils to search for meaning and purpose in life by clarifying their own beliefs and values thus helping them to understand the importance of personal commitment and responsibility.

c) To help pupils understand the ways in which religious beliefs and practices affect the behaviour of individuals and groups and in so doing contribute to their own moral development.

Design and Technology

a) To develop the ability to work as a team as well as the ability to work independently.

b) To develop the skills of designing, making and evaluating their work.

c) To apply their technical knowledge to a variety of everyday experiences.

d) To develop the ability to be critical of outcomes.

e) To develop co-operative leadership and organisation skills.

f) To give children the opportunity to experience a sense of satisfaction and achievement in directing their own learning.

g) To encourage children to observe, identify and understand elements of design.

h) To understand how high-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

Art and Design

a) To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.

b) To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

c) To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.

d) To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


a) To develop understanding and enjoyment of music.

b) To encourage children to perform at their own level with confidence.

c) To give children the opportunity to experience listening to and playing as wide a variety of musical instruments as possible.

d) To introduce children to written music and notation and include elements such as rhythm, pitch, time etc.

e) To give children the opportunity to experiment with simple compositions as individuals or in groups.

Physical Education Aims

a) To develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities.

b) To ensure children are physically active for sustained periods of time.

c) To engage in competitive sports and activities.

d) To ensure children lead healthy, active lives.

To help the children develop and extend language skills.

The school has a hall that is used for P.E. There is also an outdoor recreation area which is used for Football, Cricket and Athletics. Teams represent the school against other schools in different sports.

The school also has a Multi Use Games Area which accommodates a variety of sporting activities.

Extra-Curricular Activities

There are a number of clubs and activities that take place after school or during the lunch hour. These include football, netball, computer science, coding, choir, art club, homework club, iPad coding, handwriting, reading, gardening, cookery, lego, circus skills, gymnastics and whizz kids.

We think these activities are important and fun so please encourage your child to join in. New activities are starting all the time.