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‘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’

Department for Education Sept 2013

General Information

National Curriculum

The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS).

  • Key Stage 1 is from 5 – 7 years, encompassing Year 1 and Year 2 children;
  • Key Stage 2 is from 7 – 11 years, encompassing Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children.

The stage before the age of 5 is referred to as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

Curriculum Organisation

Please see the link below which details the content and organisation of the Curriculum at Menheniot Primary School. The staff at the school will be pleased to help you if you require any further information.


Curriculum Overview

Please click each of the subject areas for further information.




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Information on Assessment

We use assessment continuously to inform the next step in learning. It is a central part of the teaching and learning process and teachers assess skills, knowledge and understanding informally on a daily basis. This informs the next step in learning and helps teachers to provide work at an appropriate level for each individual child.


In addition to the informal assessments, a number of formal assessments take place each year. The national assessments are continuing to be reviewed and developed by the DfE.

The formal testing procedures are currently as follows:


Reception     The Foundation Stage Profile

Throughout the Foundation Stage, as part of the teaching and learning process, teachers and teaching assistants assess each child’s development in relation to the developmental age-related stages which form part of the ‘ Curriculum Guidance for the Foundation Stage’. These assessments are made on the basis of the teachers and teaching assistants accumulating observations and knowledge of the whole child. By the end of the foundation stage, the Foundation Stage Profile sums up that knowledge.


Year 1          The Phonics Test

This is a national test taken by all Year 1s. Children are expected to reach a pass mark. If they fail to do so, they re-take the test the following year. As part of this test, the children are expected to read phonic combinations and words. This year's pass mark was 32 and the possible marks were 40.


Year 2          End of KS1 Assessments

Tests are taken in Maths (a Reasoning paper and an Arithmetic paper), Reading and SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). The raw scores are then converted to a scaled score. Those who have a scaled score of 100 or above are deemed to have met the national expectations at Year 2.


Year 4

From 2020, Year 4s will take a statutory multiplication test.


Years 3, 4 and 5

Although not statutory, our children take NFER or similar tests in Reading, SPAG and Maths. The results of these indicate whether they are working at the expected standard, below or above. The assessments reported to the parents are in the form of a Teacher Assessment but the results of these tests will have been used to inform this.        


Year 6          End of KS2 Assessments


Children take tests in Maths, Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar (SPAG Test), and Reading. The teacher also gives each child a Teacher Assessment result for Writing and Science. These are reported alongside the test results.


If you require any further information, the class teachers will be pleased to help you.