As a Church of England Voluntary Controlled School we are required to implement the National Curriculum. 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 (ICT), and Ancient and Modern Foreign Languages (at key stage 2). We must also provide Religious Education (RE) in line with the local agreed syllabus.

We also teach these optional subjects: Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship and Modern Foreign Languages at Key Stage 1.

We use the ‘Cornerstone Curriculum’ to support teachers in planning exciting and adventurous learning opportunities which link the National Curriculum subjects together in a meaningful and motivating way. Themes such as ‘Princes, Peasants and Pestilence’ and ‘Burps, Bottoms and Bile’ immediately grab the children’s attention and the learning begins.

You can find out more about our curriculum by clicking on the following link to our Curriculum Plan for each phase.

Key Stage 1 (Year 1 and 2)

Lower Key Stage 2 (Year 3 and 4)

Upper Key Stage 2 (Year 5 and 6)



Key Stage 1 Tests & Assessments

Key stage one covers Nursery to Year 2.

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 tasks and tests cover: Reading, Writing, Speaking and listening, Maths and Science

The tasks and tests are taken when the school chooses. Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work (including spoken work and homework) to work out what level your child is at in each area. You can ask for the results but they’re only used to help the teacher assess your child’s work.

You can find out more about each class by clicking the class name below.

Key stage 2

Key stage one covers Year 3 to Year 6. Key stage 2 tests cover: English reading, English grammar, punctuation and spelling, Maths (including mental arithmetic)

The tests are taken in mid-May and last under 5 hours 30 minutes in total. You’ll get the results in July. If your child is demonstrating higher achievement then the headteacher may put them in for extra tests.

When your child reaches the end of key stage 2 the teacher will also report on your child’s progress in english, maths and science.

You can find out more about each class by clicking the class name below.

Bures Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School, Nayland Road, Bures, Suffolk, CO8 5BX

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