In our school the curriculum is reviewed each year with regard to the make-up of current cohorts and organisation of our classes. Since the publication of the draft revised curriculum we have spent time identifying what we teach which is outside of National Curriculum requirements, but is important to our schools and what we know is right for our children.
We have read Suffolk County Councils’ ‘In a Nutshell’ and ‘Comparison Maps’ as well as many DfE and teaching union publications; once the revised curriculum was finalised we have spent many hours looking at each individual subject and drawing up long term plans for 2014 – 15 for Otley and 2014 – 16 for Witnesham.
The school curriculum in England
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based and which:
promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
prepares pupils at the schools for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
The school curriculum comprises all learning and other experiences that each school plans for its pupils. The National Curriculum forms one part of the school curriculum.
All state schools are also required to make provision for a daily act of collective worship and must teach religious education to pupils at every key stage.
Maintained schools in England are legally required to follow the statutory National Curriculum which sets out in Programmes of Study, in the basis of key stages, subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all pupils.
All schools should make provision for PSHE education, drawing on good practice. Schools are also free to include other subjects or topics of their choice in planning and designing their own programme of education.
The National Curriculum in England
The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens.
The National Curriculum is just one element in the education of every child.
There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the Nation Curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
Schools are free to choose how they organise their school day, as long as the content of National Curriculum Programmes of Study is taught to all pupils.
Teachers should set high expectations for every pupil. They should plan stretching work for children whose attainment is significantly above the expected standard. They have an even greater obligation to plan lessons for pupils who have low levels of prior attainment or come from disadvantaged backgrounds. Teachers should use appropriate assessment to set targets which are deliberately ambitious.
At the end of each term we will review our planning to ensure that we have covered the statutory requirements of the Programmes of Study: adjustments will be made as, when and if required. The Teaching and Learning committee will be part of the reviews each term.
We feel that our curriculum and school values, along with our Mission Statement prepare our pupils for life in mondern Britain.
* We respect everyone and everything around us
* We welcome and include everybody
* We all make good choices about how we behave
* We always work hard and do our best
* We move around the school sensibly
Below are curriculum guides for the new national curriculum. Click on them to see the new changes and what your child is now expected to know. They include some useful parent tips too.