Our Curriculum

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The National Curriculum outlines the body of knowledge and skills that every child should learn at each stage of their schooling. Schools then incorporate the National Curriculum within their own curriculum and publish this.

The National Curriculum

Our Whitegrove Curriculum for each year group can be found by following the link below.

Areas of Study by Year Group

The requirements of the 2014 Primary National Curriculum are ambitious, challenging and advocate a deeper approach to teaching and learning across all subject areas.

Deeper learning expects every child to:

  • KNOW the curriculum knowledge and skills
  • USE the curriculum knowledge and skills
  • and to PROVE that they can apply their knowledge and skills in a variety of contexts, giving reasoned responses about what they have done; this goes beyond showing their working out.

For further information on our curriculum, please contact the School Office.


At Whitegrove, we use a range of teacher assessment strategies, such as questioning and marking, in every lesson to inform us of your child’s progress and next steps, which we then incorporate into our lesson planning. You will see some of this in your child’s books and in the conversations with your child in the pupil-parent conferences.

At the end of the academic year we will report your child’s achievement against the Age Related Expectations (ARE) for their year group. These ARE have been developed by a group of local authorities in the South East, together with educational consultants, and have been adopted by several Bracknell Forest schools. Teachers from these schools moderate assessments to ensure consistency of expectation for all children. Our teachers will use their on-going assessments and simple tests to build a picture of each child’s learning against the ARE.

Our Age Related Expectations for each year group for reading, writing and mathematics are published below. It is worth spending some time familiarising yourself with these. Please remember that the new National Curriculum has high expectations for every child and that these describe what they should be able to do by the end of the school year. We do not expect all children to be able to do these things from the beginning of the year.

Please be aware that our children must be able to use these skills in a variety of contexts competently, independently and confidently to be ready for their next stage of learning.

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