The National Curriculum at Kilham CE Primary School
Along with all other maintained schools in England we will be required by government to teach the revised National Curriculum from September 2014. The curriculum is ‘what’ will be taught. The Government has slimmed these requirements down to enable schools to add areas they feel children need for their development.
The curriculum does not dictate ‘how’ things are taught. That is down to us. We will mix a rich cross curricular approach to make learning fun, with discrete teaching of specialist subjects such as computing, foreign languages and physical education.
As a school, we offer a broad-based education following the National Curriculum, set within a friendly, well-disciplined and caring atmosphere; and through the provision of a well-balanced curriculum our pupils will be encouraged to:
Our pupils are taught through a variety of styles, incorporating whole class teaching, group and individual methods as and when appropriate. Some pupils take part in small group sessions when they may be withdrawn from the whole class – this is to maximise their learning experience. We endeavour at all times to treat children as individuals, and according to their particular needs and abilities, and for some children this may include a ‘Learning Passport’ or Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) where specific needs are addressed.
A ‘Topic’ Approach – Science, Geography, History, Art, Design/Technology, Music
At Kilham CE Primary, we have decided to interpret the new National Curriculum in such a way as to maintain a ‘topic’ approach throughout school. We believe that linking subjects together under a common theme gives learning in the classroom a context and motivates children. Therefore, Science, Geography and History content is divided into a cycle of ‘topics’. Wherever possible, English activities link to the topic. Our topics are planned on an ongoing cycle due to the variable ‘mixed year-groups’ nature of our class structure. This ‘Long Term Plan’ for Key Stages 1 and 2 is presented below for your information. There is also a ‘Long Term Plan’ of topics for EYFS.
At the beginning of each term, class teachers will provide a brief overview of curriculum coverage in each subject, to include information on the class topic and to outline the programmes of study that have been covered, and the links between subjects. To limit workload, it is recommended that this is no more than 2 sides of A4 or A3 size. These ‘termly overviews’ are our main published content of the outline of our curriculum – by subject and by year group/class. Parents and carers can download these documents from the 'Termly Overviews' page if required.