The British National Curriculum (BNC)

The British National Curriculum (BNC) is divided into four key stages, each with objectives and learning outcomes. The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad and balanced education, preparing them for further education and the world of work.

Early Years: Ages 3 – 5

Our Pre School section welcomes children from the age of three in our Baby Class. Here, each class is led by a dedicated teacher and a teaching assistant, ensuring personalized attention in an environment tailored for optimal learning.

Our commitment to the well-being of our young learners is reflected in the presence of a dedicated washroom in each pre-school class, facilitating both management and essential training. In addition to two shared play areas, each class has its own designated outdoor play area. This allows for controlled and focused class activities, encouraging outdoor exploration and learning.

Key Stage 1: ages 5-7

This critical stage is focused on providing students with a solid foundation in the core subjects of English, mathematics, and science. Students will also learn about history, geography, art, music, and physical education.

The curriculum is designed to be interactive and hands-on, encouraging students to explore and discover through play and practical activities.

At the end of Key Stage 1, students are expected to have a good understanding of the basics in reading, writing, and mathematics and be able to apply this knowledge in real-life contexts.

Key Stage 2: Ages 7-11

In Key Stage 2, students build on the foundation established in Key Stage 1 and are expected to become more independent learners.

The curriculum focuses on the core subjects of English, mathematics, and science, but students will also learn more in-depth concepts and skills. They will also continue to study history, geography, art, music, and physical education.

By the end of Key Stage 2, students are expected to have a strong understanding of the core subjects and be able to communicate their ideas effectively.

Key Stage 3: ages 11-14

Key Stage 3 is when students begin to specialize in certain subjects and develop more advanced skills. The curriculum focuses on English, mathematics, and science core subjects.

Still, students will also have the opportunity to study a broader range of subjects such as modern foreign languages, design and technology, and citizenship.

At the end of Key Stage 3, students are expected to have a good understanding of the subjects they have studied and be able to think critically about the world around them.

Key Stage 4: Ages 14-16

In Key Stage 4, students will typically take final exams, such as the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE).

The curriculum is focused on preparing students for further education and the world of work, and students will typically choose to specialise in certain subjects.

At the end of Key Stage 4, students are expected to have a good understanding of the subjects they have studied and be able to apply their knowledge in real-life contexts.

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5 is a label used to describe the two years of education for students aged 16–18 and at sixth form or college. In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is aligned with previous Key Stages in the National Curriculum.