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National Curriculum

The new National Curriculum was introduced to Y1, 3, 4 and 5 pupils in September 2014. Y2 and Y6 pupils began following it in September 2015.

The new curriculum has "Programmes of Study" that pupils in each year group are expected to follow. The skills and knowledge should be thoroughly learned, so that pupils have a secure knowledge of it by the end of each year. For this reason, at Messingham Primary School, we are going to be giving pupils lots of opportunities to revisit and revise their learning on a frequent basis, by encouraging them to use their knowledge and skills through problem solving and creative activities.

We follow a theme each term through the whole school. Teachers ask pupils what they would like to learn and the questions raised are used as the basis for that term's learning. The new curriculum has less content than the previous curriculum, so this allows teachers to be more flexible with what pupils learn.


We will also spend time learning about Black History in October (Black History month) as well as Christmas and other seasonal festivities or topical news as it arises.


Please see the curriculum newsletter on your child's class page for more information on what they will be learning about each term.

For more information about what your child is learning each term, please take a look at the curriculum newsletter on your child's class page on our website. You should have received a copy of this at the start of the term - if you didn't, please ask at the office.

Reading, writing and maths content

Assessment of your child's progress


Assessment of your child's progress will be continuous. Each term, the class teacher will assess where your child is:

1 - beginning - the work has been covered but not yet learned (typical at the end of the autumn term)

2 - developing - your child understands it and is beginning to show they can apply this knowledge but may still need adult support (typical at the end of the spring term)

3 - achieved - your child has a secure understanding and knowledge and they don't need any adult support even a few weeks or months later (typical at the end of the school year)

4 - exceeded - your child can use the skills and knowledge in a variety of ways and contexts, independently.


It will be rare for pupils to begin to study the following year's curriculum early, as we will be supporting them as they firmly embed the curriculum that is set for their year. However, if a child shows us that they are ready to move on, then we will be able to work on this with them.

National Tests

Pupils are assessed by their class teacher when they join our school in Reception. At the end of Reception year, you will be given information to let you know how well your child has progressed against the Early Learning Goals.

In Y1, pupils have a Phonics Screening check. They do this with their class teacher on a one to one basis, out of the classroom. You will be informed if your child meets the expected standard or not. If your child doesn't, they will take the Phonics Screening Check again at the end of Y2.

During Y2, your child will do some tests as part of the Key Stage 1 SATs. We make these part of the normal classroom activities so your child may not realise they have done a "test"; this helps the teachers make a judgement about the progress your child has made across Key Stage 1.


Pupils in Y3, 4 and 5 will take a reading, SPAG (spelling, punctuation and grammar) and maths test towards the end of each year so their teacher can check that your child is making the required progress. This will support the assessments that teachers do on a day to day basis.


At the end of Y6, pupils take the Key Stage 2 SATs tests and are awarded a grade which can be used to check that they have reached the required standard expected of a pupil about to move onto secondary school. From summer 2016, this will be referred to as "Secondary ready".