In September 2014, schools teaching KS1 and KS2 pupils took on a new Primary National Curriculum. This now applies to all pupils, accept for those in Year 6 who are still working on the old curriculum for Maths and English.
The government wanted to provide schools with a slimmed down curriculum that ensure that the core principles were outlined, whilst giving teachers more freedom with the breadth of the content. This is particularly the case in the foundation subjects where key principles have been shared but the ‘topics’ for driving this can be wide ranging.
The new Maths and English curriculums are aimed at further raising standards nationally and many objectives have been moved into lower year groups as children are expected to grasp key skills more quickly.
In school, teachers have been working hard to re-write our new curriculum. Whilst this is a very time-consuming process, we appreciate that this is a great opportunity to revisit what we do and decide whether for certain topics and themes we want to ‘Keep It, Tweak It or Bin It!’ As we use a cross-curricular approach to our curriculum planning, we have had to grapple with some new history topics, such as the Stone Age and the Mayans which we have not taught before, and then look to see how this can help to drive other subjects, such as English, Art and Music and Maths.
As well as seeking to ensure that we meet all statutory requirements, we also want to make sure that we fulfil our vision of an outstanding curriculum.
Our curriculum will:
- Be relevant to the needs of our children and the current issues they are considering
- Wherever possible be led by the children
- Will promote the core skills of Maths, English and Communication across the school day
- Take a cross-curricular approach to make meaningful links between subject areas
- Will promote the skills of learning and will involve children in assessment of their learning
- Inspire through creative hooks and meaningful outcomes for real audiences
- Incorporate visits and visitors to enhance learning
- Be personalised for the learning needs of each pupil
- Make use of the expertise we have in the school community
- Make use of the physical resources we have in school, such as ICT and the school grounds
Please visit ‘Our Curriculum’ to see the key content that we are currently delivering.
We will shortly be adding a yearly overview for each subject as we complete the changes to the new curriculum. If you would like to find out more about our curriculum then please contact Mr Clark, our Deputy Headteacher, via the school office.