The New National Curriculum at Clyst Heath
Introducing the new National Curriculum 2014
At Clyst Heath we have been preparing for the New National Curriculum and we are in a strong position to apply the revised content and expectation for all children across Years 1-6.
The mixed age classes at Clyst Heath are divided into three Learning Domains as follows:
- Foundation Stage and Year 1
- Years 2 and 3
- Years 4, 5 and 6
These Domains are each led by a Senior Member of the Leadership Team with expert knowledge linked to the age groups of the children. It is in these Domains that curriculum planning takes place and where the staff can discuss the content, skills and knowledge which need to be delivered as well as having the opportunity to moderate the quality of outcome.
One of the key changes for us is the way our Rolling Programmes are delivered. As a whole staff we have reviewed the content of the new curriculum and have divided it across the year groups appropriately in order to build a Learning Journey for individual children. This also ensures that repetition and/or duplication is avoided.
Further information regarding this can be found in the section ‘Delivering our School Curriculum 2014’ on the school website.
Ultimately we are looking to develop a broad curriculum which delivers a balance between the core subjects, (English, Maths and Science) and the rest including art, geography, history, music etc. As publicised in the national press, the most significant changes in the new curriculum are in maths, English and computing where more advanced topics are to be taught at a younger age. At Clyst Heath we want to ensure that our children have high levels of reading, writing, maths and computing in order that they can experience a new, rich and exciting curriculum across a range of interesting topics.
Another key decision for us is to commit to teaching in blocks and/or themes across the school for individual subjects such as history, geography and science. We believe that by teaching in this way rather than through regular weekly timetabled slots of hours across the term will deepen subject knowledge and encourage a greater application of key skills including problem solving, independence, positivity and resilience. It will also serve to enable children to connect their learning and make appropriate links.
Further information on the New National Curriculum search www.gov.uk/dfe and follow the links for the national curriculum.