Mama Africa and the school curriculum

The National Curriculum

“The national curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum and should prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.”


“The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said, and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications.”

Language and Literacy

“Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject.”

Spoken language

“Pupils should learn to justify ideas with reasons; ask questions to check understanding; develop vocabulary and build knowledge; negotiate; evaluate and build on the ideas of others; and select the appropriate register for effective communication. They should be taught to give well-structured descriptions and explanations and develop their understanding through speculating, hypothesising and exploring ideas. The writing they do should include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations.”

Mama Africa Topics – National Curriculum pages

On these pages (also linked from each Topic) you will find details of how that Topic connects to the National Curriculum:

National Curriculum: Ancient King & Queendoms

National Curriculum: Minerals & Resources

National Curriculum: African Literature & Visual Art

National Curriculum: African Music & Dance

National Curriculum: The Moors

National Curriculum: Inspirational Leaders

See also

Teacher’s Resources – index