Overview of Curriculum

At Tithe Barn School, we are proud of our exciting and diverse curriculum which provides our children with a rich balance of skills and knowledge to equip them for the world in which they live and enable them to adapt to the significant changes that they will experience in their lives, both technologically and socially.

In our school, we prepare our children to adapt and grow in a globally diverse world.

The subjects that our children study in their time at Tithe Barn are:

English, Mathematics, Science, Computing, Geography, History, French, Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal, Social and Health Education/SUMO, Art, Design and Technology, Music and Global Citizenship.

In September 2014, all maintained schools are required to teach the new National Curriculum. To view the new curriculum, please visit the link:


To view the curriculum and year group expectations for each class please use the drop down navigation.

Key stage 1 and 2

Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:

  • English
  • maths
  • science
  • design and technology
  • history
  • geography
  • art and design
  • music
  • physical education (PE), including swimming
  • computing
  • ancient and modern foreign languages (at key stage 2)

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

Schools often also teach:

  • personal, social and health education (PSHE)
  • citizenship
  • modern foreign languages (at key 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 doesn’t do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again 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.

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.