The new Primary curriculum has been in place since September 2014.
The new curriculum aims to provide pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they will need to be responsible and educated citizens. It provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to develop pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
As a Key Stage we also aim to:
These aims are at the heart of the new curriculum and this knowledge will be secured through all areas of learning.
The new curriculum is organised on the basis of twelve subjects, classified as ‘core’ and ‘foundation’ subjects. Core Subjects are:
Foundation subjects are: Art & Design
Design & Technology
We are required by law to teach Religious Education.
Key Stage 2 teachers have developed a 4 year rolling programme of topics and themes. As a Key Stage we are free to choose how we organise the curriculum as long as the content of the programmes of study are taught to all pupils. The curriculum allows teachers to develop these ideas individually and approach a theme in a way that best suits the age and ability of their class. Teachers are responsible for ensuring that all subjects are covered during the year.
We have worked to ensure that the curriculum is balanced and broadly based and promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of our pupils. We also feel it is important that we begin to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Where possible pupils will be offered a range of practical experiences that will enhance their learning and help them to achieve their full potential.
There have been significant changes in the statutory guidance for Literacy, Numeracy, Science and ICT. Each Teacher in the Key Stage has taken on the responsibility of reviewing one of these areas and has had the opportunity to attend a course designed to help with implementing the new curriculum and related to their area of expertise.
In line with school policy timetables will be organised to ensure coverage of the statutory guidance set out in the new curriculum. We envisage that Literacy, Numeracy and Science will predominantly be timetabled in the morning and the foundation subjects will be taught in the afternoons.
As always in Key Stage 2 teachers will have the opportunity to support each other with areas of the curriculum. We have found that joint planning for core subjects has helped to share good practice and consistency of provision. We also like to use individual specialist subject knowledge to ensure that our pupils get the best opportunities e.g. a D&T teacher and a Science teacher may choose to take each other’s classes and deliver their specialist subject to more than one class.
The new curriculum has presented us with a lot of new challenges because expectations are greater but as a team we feel that we have developed a curriculum that is exciting and we are looking forward to implementing it.
Key Stage 2 Coordinator.