Understanding Your Child’s Curriculum

The more you understand about your child’s schooling, the easier it will be for you to support them on their academic journey. This is because you will be able to invest in learning tools and tailor your at-home activities to complement what they’re learning about in school. A secondary school in Wolverhampton have prepared the following information to help parents understand their child’s curriculum.

As you may or may not know, the UK National Curriculum is split into five key stages, based on age, to ensure that all children across the country receive a similar level of education. Throughout each of these key stages, your child’s progress will be monitored by their teachers, and compared to the national average, based on their homework, performance in class and their end of stage tests.

Key Stage 1 & 2

Key Stage 1 includes Reception to Year 2 and Key Stage 2 covers Years 3 to 6. Compulsory subjects are English, maths, science, history, geography, DT, PE, ICT, music, and art. Schools must also provide religious education, but parents are able to ask for their child to opt out. At the end of Year 6, students will take national tests in the core subjects, English, maths, and science, which are commonly known as SATs.

Key Stage 3 & 4

In secondary school, Key Stage 3 includes Years 7 to 9 and Key Stage 4 includes Years 10 and 11. The latter involves GCSEs, in which students are able to choose some of the subjects they want to study.

Key Stage 5

Finally, Key Stage 5 refers to the two years of education for pupils aged 16-18. Many students choose to study A Levels at this stage, but they can opt to do an apprenticeship instead, if this is better suited to their skills. At Key Stage 5, many students work towards admission into university.

If you want to help your child with their performance at each of the key stages, it would be a good idea to contact their teachers for a copy of the curriculum. This will probably be a framework, but should give you an idea of what your child is studying at any given time so that you can find suitable resources to help them.

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