The New National Curriculum
*The Powerpoint Presentation from the Curriculum meeting in the Spring term 2015 can be found at the bottom of this page* you may also find this BBC news article interesting by clicking here.
If you have any questions please contact the Assistant Head teacher, Stacey Yates.
For generations, parents have found themselves visiting primary schools with their children only to hear themselves saying, “It’s not like when I was at school.” Things change quickly in education, and at no time in the past 25 years has that been truer than September 2014 when the whole school curriculum changes for maintained schools throughout England.
This guides attached at the end of this page are intended to support parents of primary school children. Obviously it would be impossible to set out in detail everything your child would learn during their six years of statutory primary education, but by providing an outline of typical content and some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works, hopefully it will help parents support their children in making the most of their education.
Round Hill Curriculum Statement
September 2014 onwards
At Round Hill we have developed a child centred themed curriculum that is innovative, broad and varied. It enables children to use their imaginations, fertile minds and creativity. We develop the children’s individual abilities, interests and potential. We do this by using a variety of teaching methods and by taking account of children’s different learning styles. We also we consider what interests and motivates children, and adapt our lessons and curriculum to accommodate this.
We have a cross curricular themed topic curriculum that has been created by the staff. It is a tailor made themed curriculum that is unique to our school and children. Each topic has ‘built in’ exciting and memorable experiences. The topic begins with an ‘Opening Event’ and finishes with a ‘Final Celebration.’ Each topic is accompanied with a school trip or special event day such as welcoming special visitors into school, themed dressing-up days, project work, an assembly or a recreated experience in school.
We enable our pupils to develop resilience and succeed through challenging tasks and activities that encourage them to take risks. We develop their ability to think independently, enabling them to transfer their learning to all aspects of their life; preparing them for the future. We actively teach the skills needed to be a successful learner and reward these in our “Mentions Assembly.”
We believe that quality learning takes place through real life experiences. Wherever and whenever possible we take our learning outdoors engaging in field work, outdoor pursuits and hands on scientific enquiry.
To enable creativity, we link as much as of the topic with art, design and the creative arts. Specialist music teachers deliver music lessons to classes, groups or individuals. Classes take part in termly ‘Celebration Assemblies’ which are performed in front of parents.
Our delivery and organisation of computing is such that we do not exclusively restrict its use to a time or location but deliver the required skills ‘at the point of learning,’ where they become relevant and meaningful. Learners are therefore empowered to make choices about the relevance of the technology and apply it effectively. Coding is taught to all pupils who will all be able to understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will learn how to create and debug simple programs, use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs, use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content, recognise common uses of information technology beyond school and use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Science is taught for 2 hours a week and each year group has science focus areas, areas that will be covered in depth. Children are encouraged to be independent and collaborative scientific investigators by their involvement in exciting practical investigations. Children are encouraged to be creative and taught to understand fair testing through designing their own experiments.
In Science pupils observe, explore and ask questions about living things, materials and physical processes. They evaluate evidence and consider whether tests or comparisons are fair. They use reference materials to find out more about scientific ideas. They share their ideas and communicate them using scientific language, drawings, charts and tables.
Pupils are taught to be able to describe associated processes and key characteristics in common language, but are also taught to be familiar with, and use, technical terminology accurately and precisely. They are encouraged to apply their mathematical knowledge to their understanding of science, including collecting, presenting and analysing data.
- Art and Design
Children are encouraged to produce creative work, to explore their ideas and record their experiences. They are taught to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. They are also given the opportunity to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design and to know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Children are taught to understand the history of Great Britain as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world. They are also taught to know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind. In addition to learning about historical events, children are taught to understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
Children are taught to develop knowledge of the location of globally significant places including their defining physical and human characteristics. They are taught how to interpret a range of sources of geographical information, including maps, diagrams, globes, aerial photographs and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). They are also taught how to communicate geographical information in a variety of ways, including through maps, numerical and quantitative skills and writing at length.
- Religious Education
Religious Education is a curriculum entitlement for all children and the school follows the Nottinghamshire ‘Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education’. Religious Education is aimed at developing an understanding and respect for the beliefs, values and practices of other people. We teach children about beliefs, stories, values, traditions, religious expression and behaviours of a variety of world religions.
We aim to develop childrens’ competence and interest in a broad range of physical activities and a variety of competitive sports. We help them to understand the importance of being physically active and leading a healthy lifestyle. We deliver 2 hours of P.E a week and ensure that children are physically active for sustained periods of time. By the end of their time at Round Hill we aim to ensure that through swimming lessons in Years 3 and 4, that children can swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres.
- Modern Language
Children at Round Hill learn French throughout Years 3 – 6. In Year 5 and 6 these lessons are led by specialist secondary school teachers. Children are taught to understand and respond to spoken and written language, to speak with increasing confidence, fluency and spontaneity, finding ways of communicating what they want to say, including through discussion and asking questions, and continually improving the accuracy of their pronunciation and intonation.
The P.S.H.E curriculum is designed to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. As part of a whole school approach, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. A spiral programme ensures learning is revisited, reinforced and extended in age- and stage-appropriate contexts.
- Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum emphasises learning through a process of exploration and play as these are vital learning tools for neurological development. Play and movement are essential to prepare children for creative rigorous thinking as they develop and grow. Learning experiences are created to provide opportunities for learning through direct participation with sensation, movement, feeling and image experiences. Child led activities are set alongside the teaching of key skills in literacy and numeracy. Opportunities for movement play are integral to curriculum provision as they have a significant impact on a child’s overall development. Observation supports early identification and early intervention opportunities. We recognise that all children are different and that one teaching style or belief does not fit all – learning will take place at the appropriate level for individual children’s needs. The aim of our curriculum is to build secure foundations for a child’s learning (academic, physical and emotional), their health and their well-being. Click here to access the EYFS policy.
Below are the school curriculum plans