Changes to the National Curriculum - New National Curriculum programmes of study
On 11 September 2013, the Department for Education (DfE) published the final version of the National Curriculum to be taught from September 2014.
In the 2014/15 academic year, pupils in years 2 and 6 should be taught the current (pre-2014) programmes of study programmes of study in English, maths and science, as they will sit the end of Key Stage (KS) National Curriculum assessments (SATs) based on the current curriculum. SATs based on the new curriculum for these subjects will be available from 2016.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The reception classes work to the EYFS programme of study which covers:
• Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.
• Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.
• Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.
• Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.
• Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.
• Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.
• Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
At Buckton Vale Primary School, English underpins the curriculum; the ability to read, write and to communicate well enables all other areas of the curriculum to become accessible. We aim to put English at the heart of our thematic curriculum by using English skills to research other subjects, and by using other subjects as the purpose for English work.
English lessons are comprised of a balance of reading and writing, as well as speaking and listening and are normally taught every day. In Reception and Key Stage One children are taught synthetic phonics using the Ruth Miskin ‘Read Write Inc’ (RWI) scheme, supported by a range of consistent resources (Please see our Read Write Inc. page for more information). A variety of reading schemes are used with the books being banded into bands to support the appropriate use of texts to support learning.
The children are encouraged to listen attentively, to speak clearly and to express themselves confidently through conversation, class discussion and drama.
Pupils are given opportunities to read from a wide range of material for enjoyment and to locate information. All children are encouraged to read daily in and out of school.
Pupils are taught to write for a variety of purposes and audiences, producing quality outcomes that are both fiction and non-fiction. They are given opportunities to explain, recount events and to express ideas, thoughts and feelings. Every effort is made to ensure that children develop a legible, fluent style of handwriting and this is supported through our Effective Handwriting scheme and regular taught sessions by the class teacher.
Our Reading Scheme
Here at Buckton Vale we aim to promote and uphold a love of reading in all of our children.
We have a wide range of reading books for children to access in school, Oxford Reading Tree, Collins, Fireflies and Project X. Our reading books throughout school are set on a book band basis, the banding starts with easier and simpler books at lilac and goes up to the colour lime green which are more challenging. Colour bands are not set into age groups or year groups and children will move through the book bands at an individual pace, dependent on advise/teaching from the class teacher.
KS1, children begin the book bands and work their way through each book band as they are ready. Once all book bands are complete, children move onto short novels.
Children are encouraged to read every night to a parent/carer or to an older sibling. Please be aware that home-school reading books are intended to be read with ease to promote confidence and fluency in your child’s reading.
All children are listened to by an adult with their home-school reading books at various points throughout the year. When children reach 97% fluency in their home-school reading books they will be moved onto the next book band. Children’s reading assessment is mainly carried out in guided reading..
The National Framework for Mathematics provides pupils with a firm foundation in mathematics and set targets for raising standards in key skills. We believe in interactive, whole-class and group teaching using a variety of approaches that meet the diverse needs of individual children.
Mathematics is taught through a daily mathematics lesson, which uses a three-part structure, starting with oral work and mental calculation using whole-class teaching. The main part of the lesson is used for teaching new topics or consolidating previous work. Finally, the plenary plays an important role, allowing teachers to draw together all that has been learned. Lessons focus on whole-class teaching with a strong emphasis on mental calculation and, throughout the lessons, pupils are given the opportunity to explain their answers and suggest new ways of tackling problems.
Parental support and cooperation is needed in this area to enable the school and teachers to work together to develop the child’s religious education. During their time at Buckton Vale, the children will learn about the other major world faiths.
Computing is taught both in specific skills based lessons and cross curricular. In addition to a well-equipped ICT suite, each classroom has access to up-to-date ICT hardware so that pupils have access to appropriate aspects of ICT. Our aim is for pupils to become as confident and skilled in all computing skills as possible, in order to fully empower them in our increasingly technological age. We take e-safety very seriously and ensure all children are supported and aware of risks both within the school and the wider world.
In Key Stage one pupils will be taught to:
• Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
• 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
• 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.
In Key Stage two pupils will be taught to:
• Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
• Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
• Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
• understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
• use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
• select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
• Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
Science is an exciting active part of the curriculum. All lessons aim to have skills developed by using enquiry methods. Science has three key areas of knowledge in the curriculum; `Life Processes and Living Things’, `Materials and their Properties’ and `Physical Processes’. These are taught through a range of activities. There are many cross-curricular links in science and ICT can take a key role in enquiry methods, e.g. electrical sensors and electro-microscopes. Mathematical understanding is developed as children interpret data and collate results on graphs whilst children may also write a list of instructions as part of their English.
We have combined several subjects to cover our Theme Work in all classes. The following subjects will now be taught together: art and design, design and technology, history, geography, and music.
Art and Design
The Art curriculum offers children the opportunity to develop their understanding and use of a variety of media and processes in order to record, communicate and express their own ideas in many different ways.
Through Art and Design our children are encouraged to develop and express their creativity and imagination. The children take part in activities which allow them to explore, enjoy, discuss and respond to Art in its many forms that has been produced by a range of artists, including themselves and their peers.
Design and Technology
Design and Technology draws from and contributes to all other areas of the curriculum and is essentially practical. Pupils will learn to work with a variety of materials to create high quality products through combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding.
They will be taught to use a range of tools safely and techniques for problem solving. As they progress they will develop an understanding of technological processes, products and their manufacture. Finally the children will be encouraged to develop a critical awareness of their own and other’s responses to their work as well as responding to designs around them in the man-made world. Cross curricular links are made wherever possible and ICT is used where appropriate.
History is a very powerful subject in our curriculum as it sparks curiosity of the past in Britain and the wider world. Children find out about past lives and societies and how these have influenced the present. Pupils learn skills of chronology to help place significant events and people over time. Pupils also learn enquiry skills – how to gather and interpret evidence from a wide range of sources.
We seek imaginative ways to bring history to life for our pupils by organising a range of trips to museums, historical sites, visitors who have lived in historical times and re-enactments which allow pupils to live as others would have in the past.
Children have a natural interest in the world around them and this curiosity is used to develop their knowledge and understanding of not only their locality but of contrasting localities in the United Kingdom and the wider world.
As well as the study of places, children are taught the essential skills of using resources such as maps, atlases and photographs as a means of gathering information. They are encouraged to ask probing questions, make relevant observations and develop a good geographical vocabulary. Links with current world events are made whenever possible and displays are used to encourage children’s interest.
Music lessons allow children to listen to a range of music thus developing their music appreciation skills, to sing a variety of songs and to compose and perform music with a wide range of musical instruments. The use of ICT is a growing feature of music with older pupils. Music is a key feature of our assemblies providing children with the opportunity to listen to many different types of music and to perform their songs and compositions to an audience. We offer individual music lessons in violin, keyboard and ukulele.
Modern Foreign Language
We teach French to children from Year 3 onwards. Spanish is taught in Years 5 and 6 by a secondary language teacher from our partnership school. We also take opportunities to celebrate other languages particularly those spoken within our school community. The teaching of languages is very active and fun in its approach using song, games, and activities etc – the development of the spoken word is our main focus.
Personal, Social and Health Education
Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a highly valued subject within the school. It holds a precious place within the schools ethos and is a subject that is delivered carefully in each class every week. The children are very much encouraged and helped to develop the skills necessary to listen to and value the views of others. Policies are in place for the teaching of drug and sex education.
Issues such as: road safety; citizenship; health education; firework safety; water, gas and electricity safety; dealing with strangers; and working with the police are all covered in the curriculum.