SUBJECT TIMETABLING

I certainly have been learning a lot about education since the last time I uploaded a post which regrettably was about five months ago!

I’m talking about subjects generally taught in schools.  Has anyone ever wondered how much time should be allocated teaching individual subjects?  I think that this question should be addressed when transferring knowledge, skills and habits to the next generation as well as analyzing school examination results in consideration of core and non-core subjects.

Core subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • English
  • Science

So in search of information, I came across the TES FAQ weblink which gives a guideline of the number of hours that should be taught of each subjects in KS1, KS2 and KS3:

https://sites.google.com/site/tesfaqs/timetable

KS1 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
21-hour teaching week
English 5 – 7½ hours 180 – 270 24% – 36%
Mathematics 3¾ hours 135 18%
Science 1½ hours 54 7%
ICT 50 minutes 30 4%
D&T 50 minutes 30 4%
History 50 minutes 30 4%
Geography 50 minutes 30 4%
Art & Design 50 minutes 30 4%
Music 50 minutes 30 4%
PE 1¼ hours 45 6%
RE 1 hour 36 5%

TOTAL

17½ – 20 hours 630 – 720 hours 84% – 96%

KS2 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
23½-hour teaching week
English 5 – 7½ hours 180 – 270 21% – 32%
Mathematics 4¼ – 5 hours 150 – 180 18 – 21%
Science 2 hours 72 9%
ICT 55 minutes 33 4%
D&T 55 minutes 33 4%
History 55 minutes 33 4%
Geography 55 minutes 33 4%
Art & Design 55 minutes 33 4%
Music 55 minutes 33 4%
PE 1¼ hours 45 5%
RE 1¼ hours 45 5%

TOTAL

19¼ – 22 hours 690 – 810 hours 82% – 96%

KS3 Curriculum Time

Subject Recommended time per week* Total hours over year Percentage of a
21-hour teaching week
English 3 hours 108 12%
Mathematics 3 hours 108 12%
Science 3 hours 108 12%
ICT 1 hour 36 4%
D&T 1½ hours 54 6%
History 1¼ hours 45 5%
Geography 1¼ hours 45 5%
Modern Languages 2 hours 72 8%
Art & Design 1 hour 36 4%
Music 1 hour 36 4%
PE 1½ hours 54 6%
Citizenship 45 minutes 27 3%
RE 1¼ hours 45 5%

TOTAL

21½ hours 774 hours 86%
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