The National Curriculum

Teaching and Learning at Seaton Sluice First School

The National Curriculum states that every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The National Curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.

All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage and sex and relationship education to pupils in secondary education.

Maintained schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study, on the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils. 

For the teaching of reading, the school has adopted 'The Bug Club' scheme which includes a comprehensive digital library of books to provide a wide range of high quality reading material, accurately matched to the ability of each child. The school teaches phonics through the 'Bug Club' scheme, which is approved by The Department for Education. 

For the teaching of mathematics, the school has adopted The White Rose framework. White Rose Maths has been embraced by huge numbers of primary schools. By using White Rose Maths frameworks and guidance to adopt a maths mastery approach, children can achieve excellence in mathematics. No pupils are considered ‘low ability’ or allowed to feel like they ‘can’t do maths’. Instead, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude is encouraged and children are taught to enjoy working with numbers. Adopting a White Rose Maths approach is about building a deep understanding of topics, helping children become confident mathematicians who embrace mathematical challenges with a smile.

Our curriculum is rich and diverse, and also complies with our duties in the Equality Act 2010 and the Special Educational and Disability Regulations 2014, being accessible for pupils across the school, including those with disabilities or special educational needs. In addition to whole class learning, we have a special class called 'The Lighthouse' which is a mixed age 'Additional Resource Provision' providing bespoke, personalised learning, with a focus on sensory, real-life learning and an emphasis on social and emotional development.