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The Curriculum


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

National curriculum - GOV.UK (


For curriculum descriptors please see Children/Year Groups 

Under the ‘Class Pages’ tab on the website, you will find a break down of this information. 

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.



  • 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.



  • There is a strong focus on scientific enquiry

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  • At St. Raphael's children learn French in KS2
  • 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; 

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.