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Primary Key Stage 1 – Key Stage 2 – 11plus

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The National Curriculum Foundation Stage

Ages 3 - 5 years

The Foundation Stage was introduced as a result of the Education Act 2002, and is generally referred to as Nursery or Reception class.  A staff/pupil ratio of 1 to 15 is required for Nursery, whereas it can be 1 to 30 for Reception.

A number of areas of work are specified, including social skills, language, literacy, and knowledge and understanding of the world.  Each area has associated attainment goals.

Greater details may be obtained from the website of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority  (QCA ) 

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The National Curriculum Key Stage 1

 Years 1 and 2

Eleven main areas of work are specified:

  • English                                        
  • Mathematics                               
  • Science                                        
  • Design and technology               
  • Information technology  
  • Physical education
  • Religious education
  • History
  • Geography
  • Art
  • Music

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The National Curriculum Key Stage 2

Years 3 - 6

The areas of work specified above are revisited in greater depth.

Greater details may be obtained from the website of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority  ( QCA ) 

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Entrance Examinations for Secondary Schools

These exams are often known as 11+ exams, and can vary in scope from one region to another.  There are a few Local Education Authorities ( LEA ) which set exams based entirely on Verbal and Non-verbal Reasoning, whereas other entrance exams may also include Maths and/or English.  It is strongly advised that the particular schools involved should be asked for details of their entrance examination structure, and for copies of past papers if available.

The dates of the exams can vary considerably from one school to another.  Although held during Year 6, some may be as early as October, whereas others may not be until the following March.  Arrangements to take the exams should not be delayed.

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