Guide to the National Curriculum

Click here for a parents guide to the new National Curriculum for English Primary Schools (2014)

The National Curriculum is taught as part of the broader school curriculum, relevant and appropriate to the needs of all children, recognising that each child will progress and develop as an individual. Copies of the curriculum may be seen at school.


The National Curriculum consists of the core subjects of:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science 

and the foundation subjects :

  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music
  • P.E.
  • R.E.

In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) we encompass the above into seven areas of learning, encouraging as many cross-curricular links as possible delivered through a themed approach:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

It is worth emphasising that at Swing Gate, by the curriculum we mean more than just the core and foundation subjects . We believe very strongly that everything about school contributes to the nature and the quality of children`s educational experience.

Children are encouraged to talk freely about their experiences and commit their thoughts, opinions and ideas to paper, spelling words in common usage correctly. Books, both fiction and non fiction are freely available in school and all children are in encouraged to read and enjoy them. Reading wallets are available from the school office. Reading books can be taken safely home and shared with parents. Children of all ages enjoy having books read to them and this is an important way in which parents can help their child.

We have within the school a range of Information and Technology hardware available from simple programmable robots to RM machines and a wireless laptop suite. Computing pervades all areas of the curriculum and is used whenever considered appropriate.

Physical Education and games are also really important parts of the curriculum. Our emphasis is on enjoyment, fitness and the development of the body and spatial awareness.

School Policy Documents

School policy documents are available to any parents wishing to see them. All curriculum policies are formulated with full staff participation and the approval of school governors and have been developed in accordance with the requirements of the National Curriculum. Copies of all school policies are available for inspection in the entrance hall and on this website by clicking here.