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The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum covers KS1 and KS2 and builds on the work of the Foundation Stage Framework.

Year 1 to Year 6 follow the National Curriculum.  

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and Year 2)

Key Stage 2 (Year 3 to Year 6)

The subjects we teach are as follows:

Please click on each subject headings below to see its Programme of Study.



English is taught every day at Earlham Primary School. The children receive hour long English lessons Monday to Thursday. Extended writing lessons usually take place on a Friday depending on the age group. Grammar, Punctuation, Spelling and Handwriting are taught in 20 / 30 minute discrete lessons during the week as well as being reinforced during English lessons and across other curriculum areas.


At Earlham reading is taught through real books. We believe children should develop a love of reading by being exposed to high quality texts. Guided reading sessions take place on a daily basis in every class from Reception) to Year 6.

Home Reading

Children in Reception and KS1 will be given a book to take home and in KS2 children are encouraged to choose their own book from the reading corner to take home. All children have a reading record and parents are expected to complete this every day when they read with their children.


In EYFS phonics is taught daily in whole class carpet session and is reinforced through a variety of activities throughout the week.

KS1 (Years 1 and 2) phonics is taught daily using the Letters and Sounds programme. The children are grouped according to their phonic phases. All KS1 teachers and teaching assistants, as well as additional school adults, teach phonics groups in order to reduce the size of the groups and to produce maximum impact.

KS2 pupils who are new to English or children who need additional support will also receive help with their phonics


Each year group covers a variety of genres. (See the curriculum Map)

Each unit of work will involve:

  • identifying the features
  • identifying and using language features
  • exploring the vocabulary and grammatical features
  • evaluating examples
  • rehearsal for writing (drama activities will develop Speaking and listening skills)
  • shared, guided and modelled writing
  • planning extended writing
  • extended writing (Big Write)
  • editing and improving writing
  • evaluating own writing


We are committed to improving the life chances of children by providing high-quality education and family support in a safe, caring and inclusive environment. Our children are encouraged, praised and taught to be responsible citizens who take an active role in their community. We are passionate about nurturing the unique talents of every child and place the children firmly at the heart of everything we do.  Every member of our school community values the importance of treating each other with respect , inspiring each other to succeed and celebrating achievements.