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Longparish Church of England Primary School (Aided)

Subjects taught in school

From 2014, the government reviewed School's curriculum.   The curriculum we now teach  is  based on the revised New Primary Curriculum 2014


  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes is taught in KS1)
  • Handwriting – not previously 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 are expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the previous curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10)
  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) are 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 are expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (previously 10x10 by the end of primary school)
  • Calculators are now not to be used at all in primary schools, to encourage mental arithmetic


  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms
  • Evolution is taught in primary schools for the first time
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals have been replaced by topics like the human circulatory system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 learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world


  • Previously not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) is mandatory in KS2
  • Children are expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language

We also teach:

  • Science - through exploration, life cycles, the earth in space
  •  Music - composition and performance
  •  Art - art appreciation and the lives of famous artists
  •  Physical Education - looking after our bodies, learning about fitness, skills and well-being
  • Safeguarding / Personal Development Learning - keep yourself adn others safe, NSPCC, being aware of the dangers that surround us all, what to do in a crisis, first aid.
  • History - learning from topics like the World War One and Two, the Tudors and The Romans help the children understand their past, learn from the mistakes of the past, and give them a sense of belonging
  • Geography - enables children to understand the world around them. They learn about the cultures and practices of difference peoples , we learn of  the striking similarities as well as the minor differences.   

This is a total of 13 subjects

We also teach children how to behaviour well; we are proud to be British and we also learn Fundamental British Values. We teach children Christianity and Christian values and ethos in worship.  

A useful link - The School Run