Subject time allocation

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We believe it is very important that all children receive their entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. To that end we have looked very closely at the learning time allocated to each of the subjects in the primary curriculum. We don’t want children to spend all their time studying English and maths, so they don’t! At the same time we realise how important it is for children to make good progress in these two important subjects, so we allocate a significant proportion of the available learning time to teaching them. We believe that they should be given the chance to apply the skills they have learnt in these two subjects across the full breadth of the curriculum.  To that end, from September 2013 pupils from Years 2 to 6 have four, rather than five, maths lessons a week. On Fridays rather than having a fifth maths lesson they have an extra science lesson. In this lesson they are given the chance to apply their mathematical understanding in a meaningful scientific context. One of our guiding principles is: less is more. Teachers aim to do things well, spending time looking at something in depth so that pupils can really engage with their learning and gain great satisfaction from it. Teachers want children to reach high standards in all they do. So we have to give children the time they need to reach these standards. This is quite a challenge when pupils in Year 1 have to be taught 12 different subjects and those in Years 2 to 6 have to study 13 subjects. This is the percentage of time allocated to each of the subjects during the course of an academic year:

Year 1

English  (including reading, writing, spelling and handwriting)  33%
Mathematics 16%
Science 11%
ICT 3%
Learning Themes  (art, design technology, geography and history) 20%
Religious Education 2%
Music 3%
Physical Education 10%
PHCSE 2%

 

Year 2

English  (including reading, writing, spelling and handwriting)  30%
Mathematics 16%
Science 11%
ICT 3%
Learning Themes  (art, design technology, geography and history) 20%
Religious Education 2%
Music 3%
Physical Education 11%
PHCSE 2%
French 2%

 

English  (including reading, writing, spelling and handwriting)

30%

Mathematics

16%

Science

11%

ICT

4%

Learning Themes  (art, design technology, geography and history)

18%

Religious Education

2%

Music

3%

Physical Education

10%

PHCSE

2%

French

2%

Spanish

2%

Years 5 & 6

English  (including reading, writing, spelling and handwriting)  30%
Mathematics 16%
Science 11%
ICT 4%
Learning Themes  (art, design technology, geography and history) 19%
Religious Education 2%
Music 3%
Physical Education 10%
PHCSE 2%
French 2%