Definition of foundation subjects in English:

foundation subjects

plural noun

  • The subjects which form the basis of the National Curriculum, including (or loosely, those other than) the compulsory core subjects.

    • ‘The foundation subjects for the 2005 Course will be business studies, mathematics and computer science.’
    • ‘Schools may choose to deliver foundation subjects weekly or to block teaching time and perhaps cover history during one term and geography in another.’
    • ‘The non-core foundation subjects are dealt with in much less detail in Filling the Gaps.’
    • ‘And that is why the foundation subjects have their place.’
    • ‘In this section, you will find examples of why and how teachers have embedded English in foundation subjects and enhanced children's learning in these subjects.’
    • ‘They study all the foundation subjects which are required by the professional bodies and which form the backbone of our legal system.’
    • ‘However, the CBA strongly opposed a proposal that in-depth training for primary teachers should be restricted to English, maths and science, with only superficial training in a range of other foundation subjects.’