The National Curriculum – Key Stage 1 & 2

The compulsory primary National Curriculum subjects are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Design and Technology
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education (PE), including swimming
  • Computing
  • Modern Foreign Languages (at Key Stage 2) – At Kirton Lindsey Primary we teach the children French

We must provide Religious Education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.

We also teach:

  • Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship Education (PSHE)
  • French (at Sey Stage 1)

Tests and Assessments

Year 1 Phonics Screening Check

The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child does not do pass the check they will be retested in Year 2.

Key Stage 1

Key Stage 1 tests cover:

  • English Reading
  • English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
  • Maths

Your child will take the tests in May. You can ask the school for the test results.

You’ll be sent the results of your child’s teacher assessments automatically.

Year 4 Multiplication Tables Check  

The Multiplication Tables Check (MTC) is a Key Stage 2 assessment to be taken by pupils at the end of year 4 (in June). The MTC is an online test where the pupils are asked 25 questions on times tables 1 to 12. For every question you have 6 seconds to answer and in between the questions there is a 3 second rest. Questions about the 6, 7, 8, 9, and 12 times table come up more often. The questions are generated randomly based on the rules of the MTC.

The children regularly undertake times table learning in class and as part of home learning. Prior to undertaking the check , the children will have the opportunity to practice and familiar with the test.

Key Stage 2

Your child will take national tests in May when they reach the end of Key Stage 2. These test your child’s skills in:

  • English Reading
  • English Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling
  • Maths

The tests last less than 4 hours. You’ll get the results in July.

The school will send you the results of your child’s tests and teacher assessments.

Programmes of Study