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National Curriculum in England: Primary 

Key stages 1 and 2 framework

The school curriculum in England

(2.1) Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and

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for a copy of
the national  curriculum in England

How Pilatecise can support your cross-curricular programme:
See how you can implement The Pilatecise Programme across these various subjects (English/PE/Science/Art & Design/Music).

How Pilatecise can link to a school curriculum in England:

Click here for the National Curriculum in England.

The Pilatecise programme links to the Key Stages 1 and 2 framework

The following notes directly correspond to the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2 framework. Page numbers from the framework have been provided for ease of cross-reference. You can also download the National Curriculum Key Stage 1 and 2 framework as a Word document, see above.

Pilatecise provides flexibility with different options and levels within the programme, allowing a primary school to implement the same Pilatecise programme or storybook across all grade levels simultaneously if desired. Schools can also choose to repeat a programme or storybook in a later year (of the same cohort), allowing for the gradual building of layers of understanding and skill development.


  • Pilatecise aligns with the Key Stages 1 and 2 framework, offering flexibility for implementation across grade levels. ​

  • Contributes to the holistic development of pupils by promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

  • Prepares students for future opportunities and responsibilities by fostering life skills, leadership, and resilience. 

  • Supports language and literacy development by integrating storytelling, movement, and mindfulness practices. 

  • Actively promotes vocabulary development through engaging storytelling sessions and interactive activities.


The school curriculum in England

(page 5 / 2.1)

Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:

  • promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society


Pilatecise contributes to the holistic development of pupils, aligning with the requirement for a balanced and broadly based curriculum. Here's how it helps:


Physical Development: 

Pilatecise involves physical exercises and movements that promote bone strength, muscle strength, flexibility, coordination, aerobic fitness and more - contributing to the physical development of students. 


Mental Development: 

Engaging in Pilatecise activities enhances cognitive skills such as focus, concentration, and memory. The mind-body connection embraced by Pilatecise also supports mental well-being. We also have meditation sessions.


Spiritual Development: 

Pilatecise encourages mindfulness and self-awareness, working towards a sense of inner peace and personal connection to oneself. Through meditation and gentle reflection, students can explore their inner selves and develop a deeper understanding of their place in the world.


Moral Development: 

Pilatecise emphasises values such as respect, kindness, and empathy. By promoting cooperation and teamwork, it helps install moral values and encourages students to make positive choices.

Cultural Development: 

Pilatecise incorporates elements of storytelling, music, and movement – our story is based around the history of The Pilates Method and its founder Joseph Pilates. The storybook is created to act like a fun information leaflet for children, that an adult then introducing the Pilatecise programme can expand on. We also included activity sheets to help re-enforce the children’s knowledge as they work through the chapters of the programme.


Overall, Pilatecise aligns with the goal of promoting the holistic development of pupils, encompassing their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical well-being, both within the school setting and in society at large.


(page 5 / 2.1 continued)

...and, prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Pilatecise prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences they will encounter in later life through several key mechanisms:


Life Skills Development: 

Pilatecise encourages the development of essential life skills such as discipline, perseverance, and resilience. By setting goals, overcoming challenges, and practicing self-discipline during Pilatecise sessions, students learn the value of hard work and determination, which are essential for success in various aspects of life.


Leadership and Communication: 

Pilatecise often involves group activities and exercises, providing opportunities for students to practice leadership skills and effective communication. By taking turns leading exercises, providing feedback to peers, and working collaboratively as a team, students develop the interpersonal skills necessary for navigating social and professional environments in later life.


Mindfulness and Stress Management:

Pilatecise incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises, teaching students valuable techniques for managing stress and maintaining emotional well-being. These skills are crucial for coping with the pressures and challenges of adulthood and promoting mental resilience.


Physical Health and Wellness: 

Pilatecise plays a vital role in promoting physical activity among children and adolescents, aligning with World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines. By engaging in Pilatecise sessions, children participate in enjoyable and varied physical activities, with physical fitness and reducing sedentary behaviour. Pilatecise incorporates exercises that enhance bone strength, muscle development, flexibility, and aerobic fitness, contributing to overall health and well-being. By encouraging regular physical activity and providing an alternative to sedentary behaviours, Pilatecise prepares children for the opportunities and responsibilities of later life while promoting lifelong habits of health and wellness.


Pilatecise is versatile, fitting into school, afterschool clubs, holiday programmes, and home settings. Children immerse themselves in the adventure story of Pilatecise, drawing inspiration from its superpowers of movement and mindfulness.


Preparation for Adulthood Transitions: 

Pilatecise provides a supportive environment for students to explore their interests, build confidence, and discover their strengths and abilities. Through activities that challenge them to step outside their comfort zones and embrace new experiences, students gain valuable insights into their capabilities and develop the resilience needed to navigate transitions into adulthood with confidence. The skills they learn in Pilatecise are also the building blocks to developing their skills in their chosen sports and improves their posture awareness – this will even impact of than endurance for handwriting and in turn have a positive effect on their academic studies.


Overall, Pilatecise equips students with a range of skills, attitudes, and habits that prepare them to seize opportunities, navigate responsibilities, and thrive in the diverse experiences of later life. By embracing holistic development and promoting lifelong well-being, Pilatecise empowers students to approach adulthood with confidence, resilience, and readiness.


The national curriculum in England


(page 6 / 3.1)

The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that 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


Pilatecise supports the aims of the national curriculum in England by introducing students to essential knowledge and embracing a deeper appreciation for human creativity and achievement. Through Pilatecise sessions, students engage in activities that promote physical, mental, and emotional well-being, while also incorporating elements of storytelling, music, and movement. By exploring the Pilatecise adventure story and its superpowers of movement and mindfulness, students are inspired to explore their potential and appreciate the richness of human creativity and achievement.



(page 8 / 4.6)

The ability of pupils for whom English is an additional language to take part in the national curriculum may be in advance of their communication skills in English. Teachers should plan teaching opportunities to help pupils develop their English and should aim to provide the support pupils need to take part in all subjects.

Pilatecise not only embraces inclusion in the national curriculum but also enriches learning experiences for all students, including those with English as an additional language (EAL). After engaging with the storybook "Pilatecise: A Journey to Centre Bow" through reading or listening, students actively immerse themselves in the narrative by acting out each chapter, embodying the story through mind and body. Pilatecise introduces specific Pilates-inspired exercises corresponding to each chapter, which students practice and refine to improve technique. These activities culminate in mini shows, where students re-enact the chapters for family and friends, reinforcing the story's themes and messages. This iterative process continues for all chapters, supported by worksheets, spelling sheets, craft activities, and reward plans designed to reinforce the superpowers of movement embraced by Pilatecise. Finally, students showcase their collective efforts in the Pilatecise BIG show, summarising the entire story in a grand performance that celebrates their learning journey and promotes inclusivity and engagement for all. Through these integrated activities and resources, Pilatecise ensures that every student can actively participate, learn, and thrive within the national curriculum while embracing the power of movement and mindfulness through the medium of fun!


Language and literacy

(page 10 / 6.1)

Teachers should develop pupils’ spoken language, reading, writing and vocabulary as integral aspects of the teaching of every subject. English is both a subject in its own right and the medium for teaching; for pupils, understanding the language provides access to the whole curriculum. Fluency in the English language is an essential foundation for success in all subjects.

Pilatecise actively supports the development of pupils' spoken language, reading, writing, and vocabulary, recognizing these as essential components of learning across all subjects. Through engaging storytelling sessions, interactive readings of the storybook "Pilatecise: A Journey to Centre Bow," and participation in Pilatecise activities, students have ample opportunities to enhance their language skills. The integration of English language learning within Pilatecise not only fosters fluency but also ensures that students can access and fully engage with the entire curriculum. By promoting language development alongside movement and mindfulness practices, Pilatecise lays a strong foundation for students' academic success across various subjects.


Spoken language

(page 10 / 6.2)

Pupils should be taught to speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using Standard English. They 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. This will enable them to clarify their thinking as well as organise their ideas for writing.

Aligned with the national curriculum, Pilatecise prioritises the cultivation of spoken language proficiency in students. Through interactive activities and discussions, students are prompted to communicate clearly and confidently in Standard English. Pilatecise sessions offer platforms for students to ask questions, seek clarification, and engage in collaborative dialogues centred around the messages and superpowers of the Pilatecise characters from our story. Encouraging vocabulary expansion and knowledge acquisition, Pilatecise embraces students' abilities to negotiate, evaluate, and expand upon each other's ideas. Additionally, students actively observe and assist their peers while mastering techniques and movements, exploring concepts both individually and in various group settings. Opportunities for leadership further empower students to lead exercises, recognising their connection to our adventure story and their roles in the Pilatecise shows. These communication skills not only clarify students' thoughts but also enhance their ability to organise ideas effectively for writing tasks, ensuring a comprehensive approach to language development within the Pilatecise programme.


Reading and writing

(page 10 / 6.3)

Teachers should develop pupils’ reading and writing in all subjects to support their acquisition of knowledge. Pupils should be taught to read fluently, understand extended prose (both fiction and non-fiction) and be encouraged to read for pleasure. Schools should do everything to promote wider reading. They should provide library facilities and set ambitious expectations for reading at home. Pupils should develop the stamina and skills to write at length, with accurate spelling and punctuation. They should be taught the correct use of grammar. They should build on what they have been taught to expand the range of their writing and the variety of the grammar they use. The writing they do should include narratives, explanations, descriptions, comparisons, summaries and evaluations: such writing supports them in rehearsing, understanding and consolidating what they have heard or read.

Pilatecise plays a crucial role in supporting the development of reading and writing skills among students. By immersing students in engaging storytelling sessions and providing access to the storybook "Pilatecise: A Journey to Centre Bow," Pilatecise encourages students to read fluently and understand extended prose. Additionally, the incorporation of Pilatecise activities promotes reading for pleasure, encouraging a love for literature. Pilatecise also emphasises the importance of writing by offering opportunities for students to express themselves through narratives, and by building a deeper knowledge of themselves through our mind-body approach. Through these activities, students develop improved posture and posture endurance providing the physical stamina and skills to write at length.



Vocabulary development

(page 11 / 6.4)

Pupils’ acquisition and command of vocabulary are key to their learning and progress across the whole curriculum. Teachers should therefore develop vocabulary actively, building systematically on pupils’ current knowledge. They should increase pupils’ store of words in general; simultaneously, they should also make links between known and new vocabulary and discuss the shades of meaning in similar words. In this way, pupils expand the vocabulary choices that are available to them when they write. In addition, it is vital for pupils’ comprehension that they understand the meanings of words they meet in their reading across all subjects, and older pupils should be taught the meaning of instruction verbs that they may meet in examination questions. It is particularly important to induct pupils into the language which defines each subject in its own right, such as accurate mathematical and scientific language.

Pilatecise actively embraces vocabulary development among students by immersing them in engaging storytelling sessions and Pilatecise activities. As students act out the story, they encounter and engage with the vocabulary used, gaining a deeper understanding of the words through active participation. Pilatecise provides ample opportunities for students to question the meaning of words, harnessing their curiosity and comprehension. Additionally, Pilatecise offers spelling sheets that introduce new words, which are later reinforced through light-hearted games and activities. By encouraging students to find these words within the text of the book, Pilatecise ensures that students comprehend and apply new vocabulary effectively. Through these experiences, students not only expand their vocabulary but also deepen their understanding of their own minds and bodies, enhancing their overall learning and development.

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