National Curriculum from September 2014
The new National Curriculum was implemented from September 2014. It provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The full National Curriculum document can be viewed at:
It is important to note that the National Curriculum is only part of the whole school curriculum and paragraph 3.2 on page 6 of the National Curriculum document sums this up very well:
‘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 national curriculum specifications. The national 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’.
Upper Arley C of E Primary School – Curriculum Overview 2018-19
From September 2018, our curriculum will be based around “Quality Texts”. These are texts (both fiction and non-fiction) that enable us to deliver key Literacy objectives which have been identified through assessment of children’s Literacy work.
We will then strive to deliver as much of the National Curriculum as possible with links to these texts whilst ensuring clear progression of skills throughout the school.
Our intention is to link children’s learning therefore ensuring that skills and concepts are embedded.
We have removed the traditional Literacy, topic books etc and replaced them with a Learning Journey which is similar to how learning is recorded in Early Years. We believe that using Learning Journeys is the best way of linking learning and showing clear sequences of learning and progress.
We follow the White Rose Maths scheme which uses Singapore Maths and the use of Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract (CPA) as its focus. Maths Evening for Parents ---Wednesday 3rd October 2018.
Spelling and Phonics
In reception and KS1 we use Letters and Sounds to deliver phonics and from this September we have introduced “No Nonsense spelling”, a comprehensive spelling programme, in order to raise writing standards across the school.
Information evening for parents - Wednesday 7th November 2018.
Mrs Winscom, a specialist music teacher, will be teaching music to all classes and will continue to teach our KS2 choir. We are keen for children to take part in and watch performances and feel the benefits of music are universal and will help in raising standards across the curriculum.
All year groups will experience Forest Schools this year and we are keen to develop our Forest Schools area.
Foreign Languages and PSHE
These will be taught by Mrs Geithner – Hill and will give all children ( including Reception and Key Stage 1 where this is not a statutory obligation) an opportunity to learn languages and develop skills in analysing language.
PSHE will focus on emotional literacy for all year groups whereby stories will be used to explore different emotions.
We believe homework should not be set for the sake of setting homework and must be beneficial to the children’s learning. This is why we believe that focusing on key skills which can be practised with adults at home, will be a much more effective use of time than simply working off worksheets.
Reading – it cannot be stressed enough how important reading is at home. Children are taught to read at school but reading at home in order to practise those skills is invaluable! We would like parents to encourage children to read for at least 15 minutes a day but this does not need to be a school book. Magazines, websites and comics are great ways for children to read for pleasure.
Maths – teachers will set weekly/fortnightly number facts for children to learn (number bond, times tables etc) and these can be practised with adults at home or even older siblings. A few minutes a day doing this can make a real difference.
Spelling – once our new spelling programme is underway, teachers will be sending spellings home. More information will follow about this.
Projects – Teacher’s will set projects for children to do at different times of the year. Children will have a few weeks to complete them.
All relevant policies will be updated throughout the year to reflect these changes and will be published on the website once approved by our Governing Body.
TEACHING of PHONICS
The school teaches synthetic phonics. We follow Phases 1- 6 of the ‘Letters and Sounds’ document (DFE 2007) Link:
We use ‘Phonics Play’ as a primary resource to support the programme and we have a wide range of books
and other resources available.