National Curriculum

The National Curriculum is the document which sets out what all maintained state schools are required to teach. Although Academies are not obliged to follow the National Curriculum, at Henleaze Junior School we find it to be a very helpful starting point, and aim to cover the content and more.

The National Curriculum consists of Programmes of Study for each subject, which describe what is to be taught, and Levels of Attainment for each subject, which describe what children should be able to do.

The compulsory subjects are divided into Core Subjects - English, Maths, Science and ICT, and Foundation Subjects - History, Geography, Art and Design, Design and Technology, Music and PE. In addition, guidance is provided for Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Modern Foreign Languages. Religious Education is not covered by the National Curriculum, but is compulsory.

The National Curriculum describes what must be taught and indicates progressive levels of achievement to help measure children's progress. It does not tell schools how to teach and does not require children to achieve particular levels by a particular age. Neither does it specify amounts of time to be spent on each subject each week. Schools are free to design their curriculum to suit their individual needs.


Curriculum is more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. The curriculum at Henleaze involves everything from sports to science, from computing to life skills. We have created a curriculum to maximise learning and present a high degree of challenge.