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National Curriculum and School Improvement Plan

The Foundation Stage



The Foundation Stage Curriculum is followed by our Nursery and Reception classes. It is divided into seven areas of learning:

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


The emphasis in our Foundation Stage classes is on learning through practical activities because children at this stage in their development learn best through doing things and seeing things happen.


The National Curriculum



All children from Year 1 – Year 6 follow the National Curriculum:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Computing
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art and Design
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Personal, Social and Health Education
  • Modern Foreign Language (In Key Stage 2 main emphasis is on French)


We teach a creative, topic-based curriculum which links subjects in a meaningful way for the children. The children often have a lot of input into designing each topic.


National Curriculum Assessments
Key Stage 1

Children complete statutory assessments at the end of Keys Stage 1 (Year 2). We aim to make this a stress free experience and incorporate into school life. We do not publish the dates of the assessments for key stage 1 to minimise anxiety. At the end of the school year parents receive information about the results of these test and whether their child has reached age related expectations.


Current data can be found in Ofsted and Performance data using the link below:

National Curriculum Assessments
Key Stage 2


Children complete statutory at the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6). These test take place in May and parents will be informed of the dates. Children are well prepared throughout the year for these assessments.


Current data can be found in Ofsted and Performance data using the link below:

Special Educational Needs

At Belswains we place great emphasis on supporting each child to fulfil their potential. If your child is identified as having a special educational need we will use a variety of strategies, e.g. differentiated work within their classroom or extra support in a small group or individual setting, to cater for their particular needs. Our SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) monitors the progress of all children with special needs, teaches individual children and small groups and gives advice to class teachers, teaching assistants and parents.


Gifted and Talented Provision

We use a variety of strategies to meet the needs of children who are gifted and talented, e.g. differentiated work within their classroom or working in a small group with a teacher or teaching assistant. Our local secondary school, Longdean, provides master classes and additional teaching for Key Stage 2 children who are gifted mathematicians. Talented athletes in Y5 and Y6 compete in a district athletics competition each year.

School Improvement Plan Summary

Towards the end of each year staff and Governors meet to review the previous year's data and performance and select at least three priorities that the school needs to focus on, to ensure a continued high standard of provision, for the following academic year.

Please click on the link below to see a brief summary of this years priorities: