At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School we have now completed the transition over to the National Curriculum (2014), as set out by the Department of Education.
As of September 2015, all year groups will have adopted and will be teaching the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum (2014) for Mathematics, English, Science and Foundation subjects: (Art & Design, Design Technology, Computing (formerly known as Information Technology), Music, History, Geography and Physical Education.
The school uses a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning. This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and form a topic. Within the topic, children are able to practise and apply their reading, maths and English skills in other subject areas.
Nursery and Reception, Year 1 and 2, Year 3 and 4 and Year 5 and 6 have shared topic work, however, the skills taught will be differentiated for their year group and the ability of the pupils.
Our ‘Overviews’ show each year group’s overview of topics and curriculum learning.
Our ‘Creative Midterms’ show each year group’s half termly areas of learning. They are led by enquiry questions posed by the pupils to determine what they already know about the topic, what they would like to know and what they have learned. The topic maps detail the class novel, writing and maths across the curriculum and WOW experiences. These could include a class trip, a visitor to school or a celebration of learning event.
Assessment without levels
As part of reforms to the National Curriculum, the old system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress has been removed from all year groups in September 2015 and will not be replaced. The government believes by removing levels it will allow teachers greater flexibility in the way that they plan and assess pupils’ learning.
The programmes of study within the new National Curriculum (NC) set out expectations at the end of each key stage, and all maintained schools will be free to develop a curriculum relevant to their pupils that teaches this content.
The curriculum must include an assessment system which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and to report regularly to parents.
At Sacred Heart Catholic Primary we are working with St Thomas More our partnership school to embed our new assessment system.