Cambridge Primary provides a framework for teaching the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. The English and Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks comprise a series of progressive objectives that describe development of essential literacy and numeracy skills but allow for use of local and national content and cross–subject activities. The Science Primary Curriculum Framework provides a structure for developing scientific enquiry, i.e. teaching students to think like scientists, as well as suggested topics for content–based learning. Schools can choose whether they want to teach some or all of the content and can decide what order to teach it in.
Schools could, in fact, continue to teach their local programmes alongside Cambridge Primary and use the Cambridge assessments as a valid and useful tool, provided that the learning objectives of Cambridge Primary are adequately covered.