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National Curriculum and Assessment Requirements


All year groups follow the National Curriculum. Within all Key Stages there are detailed programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects. There is expected progression for each year group as they work towards the end of Key Stage objectives. We have used the National Curriculum and Target Tracker statements to ensure that all children receive strong curriculum coverage in all areas. 

Statutory subjects are: Mathematics, English and Science.

Foundation subjects are: Art & Design Technology, Computing (formerly known as Information Technology), Music, History, Geography and Physical Education.  Schools must also deliver PSHCE and RE.


At Backworth Park Primary School, we deliver our curriculum using a cross-curricular approach towards teaching and learning, through topics.  Skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and linked to form an overall ‘topic’. Within the topic, our children are able to practise and apply their reading, mathematics and English skills within other subject areas. 



Assessment is an on-going process throughout a child's school life, combining both teacher assessment of a child's skills and test outcomes at appropriate key points. Assessment is a part of every day classroom activities, where learning intentions are shared with children within lessons.  Previously, children's progress was measured in 'levels'; from September 2015, a child's attainment and progress is measured against the performance descriptors outlined for every year group within each Key Stage.  From Year 1 to Year 6, children are assessed as working towards expected standard or working at for their age. Some children will also work beyond expected and attain a deeper knowledge of key concepts and skills and demonstrate understanding at a greater depth.

In the Summer Term, Year 1 children are assessed on the Phonic Screening Check to determine whether they have met the expected standard.

Year 2 and Year 6 children sit externally-set written SAT tests in Reading, Mathematics and Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling (GPaS). Writing and Science are teacher assessed.  Year 2 tests are internally marked and Year 6 papers are sent away for external marking.  Marks are converted into Scaled Scores, with 100 being the expected standard to attain.

At the end of Reception, children's development continues to be assessed against the Early Years Foundation Stage descriptors and outcomes across 17 areas of learning.


Phonics and Reading:

Backworth Park Primary School uses Read, Write, Inc to deliver the teaching and learning of phonics.  A systematic approach to targeted Phonic Phase teaching supports the children’s acquisition of core words and vocabulary and teaches them to blend and segment to read and spell words. Children in Key Stage Two use Accelerated Reader, which develops comprehension, as well as Reading Plus, which develops fluency in reading.



In Backworth Park  Primary School we follow the statutory guidance from the National Primary Curriculum for Mathematics. We are working with the local authority guidance, using the North Tyneside progression maps, to support the planning and delivery of the subject in each year group.


The curriculum for Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 is available here. 

Children in Years 2 and 6 also sit the National Curriculum SAT Tests towards the end of the academic year.  A copy of the curriculum for these year groups is available here along with links to sample test papers and guidance on how each SAT test is administered.



Maths Policies

The School has a curriculum policy which sets out how maths is taught and assessed throughout the school. The whole school also follows a calculation policy for addition, subtraction, multiplication and division which sets out the steps used to teach each skill.  These are available below. 



At Backworth Park Primary School, we believe that literacy and communication are key life skills and that it is our role, through the English curriculum, to help children develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate effectively and creatively with the world at large, through spoken and written language. Through a love of reading that is embedded within our school, we strive to help children to enjoy and appreciate literature and its rich variety.


Aims and Objectives:

As a school, we aim to promote high standards of language and literacy by equipping children with a strong command of the spoken and written word, and to develop their love of literature through widespread reading both across the curriculum and at home. As a school, we aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • read easily, fluently and with good understanding;
  • develop the habit of reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information;
  • acquire a wide vocabulary, an understanding of grammar and knowledge of linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language;
  • appreciate our rich and varied literary heritage;
  • write clearly, accurately and coherently, adapting their language and style in and for a range of contexts, purposes and audiences;
  • use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly their understanding and ideas; and
  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations, demonstrating to others and participating in debate.

English Overview and Policy



Our Curriculum Coverage documents for each area of the curriculum outline the progressions through each year group towards the end of key stage objectives. 


If you would like to find out more about the curriculum we teach at our school, please speak to a member of staff at school. 

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