Where does the Curriculum come from?

Our school curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum. 

From September 2014, the National Curriculum underwent an overhaul that saw changes to what children are taught. The main aim is to raise standard and is intended to be more challenging, although the content is actually slimmer than the current curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.

The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum.

Subject  What's New? 
  • 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 current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20(currently 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 (currently 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
  • Currently not statutory,modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language

For more information on the new National Curriculum, click here.


Across the entire school we follow the Read, Write Inc scheme. If you would like to read more about the scheme and what it involves, you can take a look at the following link: 


If you would like to support your child at home with their phonics learning, please ask your child's teacher what phase they are currently on.

Curriculum Statement & Our Approach to the Curriculum 

Click the link below to download our Curriculum statement:

Curriculum Statement

Our Curriculum

Since Easter 2015, we have had  a new, revised Curriculum that streamlines the subjects to create as many cross-curricular links as possible so that we can deliver an exciting, engaging and motivating curriculum for our children at Abbey Hey. To find out more about the curriculum we follow click this link:


Curriculum Coverage

Click the links below to see the content that is taught in each subject and in which year groups: 



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