National Curriculum Links

Links to the New Curriculum

Taken directly from the new National Curriculum, the quotes below show the rationale that Smart Stories has built on. The bold text shows specific points our workshops will address and support.

Statutory Requirements (all year groups):

  • participate in discussions, presentations, performances, role play, improvisations and debates
  • …pupils should be taught how to plan, revise and evaluate their writing.
  • All pupils should be enabled to participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. Pupils should be able to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles, responding appropriately to others in role. They should have opportunities to improvise, devise and script drama for one another and a range of audiences, as well as to rehearse, refine, share and respond thoughtfully to drama and theatre performances.

Years 1 and 2:

Pupils should be taught to develop positive attitudes towards and stamina for writing by:

  • writing for different purposes
  • planning or saying out loud what they are going to write about
  • writing down ideas and/or key words, including new vocabulary
  • encapsulating what they want to say, sentence by sentence

They should also make simple additions, revisions and corrections to their own writing by:

  • evaluating their writing with the teacher and other pupils
  • re-reading to check that their writing makes sense and that verbs to indicate time are used correctly and consistently…
  • read aloud what they have written with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear.

Years 3 and 4:

In writing:

‘…[children] should be developing their understanding and enjoyment of stories.’

‘Pupils should be able to write down their ideas with a reasonable degree of accuracy and with good sentence punctuation. Teachers should therefore be consolidating pupils’ writing skills, their vocabulary, their grasp of sentence structure and their knowledge of linguistic terminology. Teaching them to develop as writers involves teaching them to enhance the effectiveness of what they write as well as increasing their competence. Teachers should make sure that pupils build on what they have learnt, particularly in terms of the range of their writing and the more varied grammar, vocabulary and narrative structures from which they can draw to express their ideas.

‘In years 3 and 4, pupils should become more familiar with and confident in using language in a greater variety of situationsfor a variety of audiences and purposes, including through drama.

In reading:

Children should be: ‘preparing poems and play scripts to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone, volume and action

‘…discussing words and phrases that capture the reader’s interest and imagination’

Pupils should be ‘taught to recognise themes in what they read, such as the triumph of good over evil or the use of magical devices in fairy stories and folk tales (Non-statutory)

Years 5 and 6:

‘During years 5 and 6, teachers should continue to emphasise pupils’ enjoyment and understanding of languageespecially vocabulary, to support their reading and writing. Pupils’ knowledge of language, gained from stories, plays, poetry, non-fiction and textbooks, will support their increasing fluency as readers, their facility as writers, and their comprehension.’

Other Cross Curricular Links


  • National Curriculum aims: ‘ [all pupils should] produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences’


  • KS1: use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • KS1 & 2: use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly


  • National Curriculum aims: to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world


  • National Curriculum aims: experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • KS2: listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory