THE CURRICULUM – FROM PLANNING TO DELIVERY
During their Reception year, children work through ‘Development Matters’ towards achieving their ‘Early Learning Goals’ following the Foundation Stage curriculum that they started in nursery. Parents of Reception pupils are given copies of this curriculum. Assessments will take place at the beginning of EYFS. National testing for reception aged children will be compulsory from September 2016.
New National Curriculum
In 2014 the Department for Education introduced a brand new National Curriculum. In line with this statutory requirement, we deliver a bespoke curriculum to meet the needs of our children and ensure effective progression across the primary phase. We plan to deliver key learning within each National Curriculum subject area, using a thematic approach. We offer: a vibrant mix of first hand experiences and practical activities, opportunities to foster pupil independence and choice, depth and breadth of study, and a wide range of visits and visitors to enhance learning, engagement and enjoyment.
This year, education visits have included: Chester Zoo, Delamere Forest, Tatton Park, Eureka, Jodrell Bank, Manchester Airport Visitor Centre, Young Voices UK and Dewa Roman Experience.
From Year 1 onwards, the following subjects are taught: English, Maths, Science, ICT, Design Technology, Music, Art, PE, Geography, History, PSHE and French (Key Stage 2 only).
Children are assessed by teachers throughout their school lives. Teachers maintain a working knowledge of a child’s attainment and progress through rigorous marking of work and everyday classroom observations. We keep thorough ongoing records of progress, and set targets for improve
ment for individual children.
There are times during a child’s education when more formal assessments will take place, for example towards the end of the school year. Some of these assessments are externally marked. Data collected and analysed from formal assessments in school is reported to the Department for Education as part of their responsibility to monitor standards. Parents are always welcome to seek information about their child’s progress from the class teachers.
Homework is set by staff on a regular basis. In the Early Years, children will bring home a “home reader” and perhaps some “key words” to learn with you. As they get older they will be given spelling lists to learn, and eventually, as they progress through school, start to receive regular homework tasks.
Homework is designed to help children to develop and extend their skills across the curriculum and help them to practise organising their time and commitments in preparation for the transfer to High School. Parental support is obviously vital in this respect and we are often asked how parents can help. It is probably best to try to ensure that your child has somewhere quiet to do their homework, away from distractions and encourage your child to get into a routine so that work is completed early and without any rushing or last-minute panic. Discussing their homework and encouraging and praising their efforts is all very important and helps your child to feel confident and happy about their work.
Please see the attached to view the curriculum maps for each Class.