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The National Curriculum
The National Curriculum, which was revised in 2014, requires that children should be taught:-
- three core subjects – English, maths and science;
- seven foundation subjects – geography, history, technology, art, music, information technology and physical education. Religious education must also be taught to all children unless exempted.
- Personal, social and Health Education and citizenship is taught from Reception to Year 6.
- French will also be taught at Key Stage 2.
Full details of the National Curriculum documentation can be obtained from the DfE website. The main subjects of the National Curriculum are listed in the school brochure with a brief summary of our aims. Many of these subjects will be taught in a thematic way using a variety of teaching strategies which will include whole class, ability group and individual tuition.
At South Otterington Church of England Primary School staff deliver an innovative ‘Creative Curriculum’. The whole school studies half termly or termly topics. Each topic is launched with an exciting activity to stimulate the children’s learning and they are consulted with regard to their learning interests. Each topic closes with a celebration of their work.
The new National Curriculum has set out clear expectations for what children should achieve by the end of each key stage and, for English, Maths and Science, has provided guidance as to when in each phase this content should be covered. These expectations have been developed into a set of statements for each subject and each year group. These statements are used by teachers to help define and guide next steps in learning. Through their targets, pupils will be aware of specific statements they are working on to improve their learning.
To track pupil attainment and progress we use a system of steps. This performs the function of tracking and communicating progression and attainment in a simple format. Each year band (set of statements) has been broken down into six steps:
beginning, beginning +, working within, working within +, secure and secure +
A child will be deemed to have met the year group expectations when they are “secure” which is the expectation by the end of the academic year.
Our most able children will have opportunities to apply their understanding in a range of challenging real life contexts, and to demonstrate their mastery of a particular skill at a deep and thorough level before moving on to the next year group’s expectations. These children will be assessed as Secure or above.
National Statutory Assessments take place in the following years – Year 1: Phonic screening assessment; Years 2 and 6: English and Maths. It is expected that an average pupil will working at the expected level for their year group.