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The Curriculum


At St. Raphael’s we follow the new primary National Curriculum for England:


For curriculum descriptors please see class pages. 

Under the ‘Class Pages’ tab on the website, you will find a break down of this information. In each year group’s section, there is a curriculum map overview, along with a termly curriculum descriptor.

Phonics and Reading Schemes used in KS1

The teaching and learning of phonics throughout the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 is through Read Write Inc. Children have access to a broad range of multicultural and cross curricular reading books from a variety of reading schemes including Read Write Inc Phonics Books, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins Big Cat and Nelson PM.

The New Primary Curriculum 2014


The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum. To download a copy of this New Curriculum document please click on the Curriculum link below.



  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1);
  • Handwriting – not currently assessed under the national curriculum – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy;
  • Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating and presenting skills.



  • Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the old curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (was up to 10);
  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8);
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (was 10x10 by the end of primary school);
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.



  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms;
  • Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time;
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system.

Design & technology


  • Afforded greater importance under the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future;
  • More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics;
  • In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.



  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs;
  • From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data;
  • From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet;
  • Internet safety – will be taught in primary schools, previously it was only taught from 11-16.



  • A modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2; previously it was not statutory, 
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.



The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS Curriculum)

At St. Raphael’s we follow the statutory EYFS Framework; 

This framework exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS to help your child, and was developed with a number of early years experts and parents. In 2012 the framework was revised to make it clearer and easier to use, with more focus on the things that matter most. This new framework also has a greater emphasis on your role in helping your child develop. The framework has been revised again with changes to the statutory guidance coming in to effect in September 2014.

Further Curriculum Information

If you would like to find out more about the curriculum at St Raphael's please feel free to contact us here.