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CURRICULUM OVERIEW
The ‘Bloomington Academy follows the ‘National Curriculum’ of England, as well as religious education.
The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by TBAC. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
Academies must teach a broad and balanced curriculum including English, maths and science. They must also teach religious education.

KEYSTAGES

The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, the teacher will formally assess the child’s performance to measure his progress.

Age Year Key Stage
3 - 4   Foundation Stage 1
4 - 5   Foundation Stage 2
5 - 6 Year 1 KS 1
6 - 7 Year 2 KS 1
7 - 8 Year 3 KS 2
8 - 9 Year 4 KS 2
9 - 10 Year 5 KS 2
10 - 11 Year 6 KS 2
11 - 12 Year 7 KS 3
12 - 13 Year 8 KS 3
13 - 14 Year 9 KS 3
14 - 15 Year 10 KS 4
15 - 16 Year 11 KS 4
16 - 17 AS Level  
17 - 18 A2 Level  

KEYSTAGE 1

Key stage 1 tasks and tests cover:
Reading
Writing
Speaking and listening
Maths
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.

KEYSTAGE 2

Key stage 2 tests cover:
English reading
English grammar, punctuation and spelling
Maths (including mental arithmetic)

KEYSTAGE 3

Compulsory national curriculum subjects are:
English
Maths
Science
History
Geography
Foreign Languages
Art and Design
Music
Physical Education
Computing

KEYSTAGE 4

During key stage 4 most pupils work towards national qualifications - usually IGCSE’s. The compulsory national curriculum subjects are the ‘core’ and ‘foundation’ subjects.
Core subjects are:
English
Maths
Science

Foundation subjects are:
Computing
Physical Education

At least one subject from each of these areas:
Arts
Design and Technology
Humanities
Foreign Languages


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