“The touchstone of an excellent curriculum is that it instills in children a love of learning for its own sake. This means that primary children must not only learn what to study, they must also learn how to study.” (The Primary Curriculum Review Executive Summary p8).
At Primary level the curriculum is divided into stages as follows:
- Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) covers birth to five years;
- Key Stage One covers five to seven years;
- Key Stage Two covers seven to eleven years.
Children are usually organised into year groups. However, sometimes numbers fluctuate and there may be need for mixed year group classes. Class sizes for each Key Stage are as follows:
- Key Stage One: Maximum limit is thirty pupils per class.
- Key Stage Two: Every effort is made to keep class sizes under thirty pupils per class.
Flexible teaching methods are used to meet the purposes of the National Curriculum. For example, the Creative Curriculum is a carefully planned, thematic approach to teaching and learning designed to support children’s natural curiosity and stimulate their creativity. Class teaching, group/individual and special needs teaching all feature in the structure. At St Margaret Mary’s Catholic Primary School, our children study the following national curriculum subjects: Literacy, Numeracy, Science, Religious Education, Music, Art,Physical Education, History & Geography.