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11th August 20
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The Curriculum

The Primary Curriculum


Aims of the National Curriculum: The main aim is to raise standards. The current government recently reviewed the previous curriculum and found that it did not contain sufficient levels of challenge and that higher expectations should be placed on children from their early stages of education. The Government believes that the new National Curriculum has been designed to produce productive, creative and well-educated students. For more information about the National Curriculum, please click here.

How Schools are expected to implement this: Schools are free to choose how they organise their school day, as long as the content of the National Curriculum programmes of study is taught to all pupils. By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study.

We focus particularly on enabling children to make excellent progress in reading, writing and maths. A priority for the whole school this year is writing, particularly through stimulating cross-curricular writing opportunities. Lessons are planned to give children opportunities to write about subjects that particularly interest them and in ways they are more likely to engage in. Literacy lessons links to the topic being taught wherever possible to ensure increased engagement and a deeper understanding.

We provide opportunities for children to become involved in the wider school community. These range from helping to run fundraising events,  being part of the School Council, being a member of one of the four House Teams or having other areas of responsibility.

The  National Curriculum identifies what to teach, but not how to teach. It is essential to distinguish between the statutory National Curriculum and the whole school curriculum.  All schools must provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils.

Assessment & Reporting to Parents: As far as schools are aware, phonics testing will remain in Year 1 and children who do not achieve the pass mark will be retested in Year 2. These results will be reported to parents as before.

End of Key Stage 1 assessments (at Year 2) and end of Key Stage 2 assessments (at year 6) has been left much as it was. Teachers will make evidence-based professional judgements on the children’s abilities, alongside completing external tests that are internally marked and moderated. There will now, in addition, be a new test on Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling.

The children will no longer be assessed on levels of attainment, but expectations at the end of each year group/key stage. This will be defined and reported to you in the following way:

  • Working towards – A child who is beginning to access the curriculum appropriate for their age with some level of support​.
  • Expected – A child who is working at an age related level and has achieved the expectations for the year group/key stage
  • Greater depth – A child is who is working beyond the expectations for their particular stage.