In September 2014, a new National Curriculum was introduced in English schools; the first change since 2000. Expectations have changed in Year groups throughout the school; a newly refined list of expected outcomes and skills has also been produced.
Here at Ashford CE Primary School, we have worked together to respond to the expectations of the new curriculum. We have created cross curricular and inspirational theme overviews which will help the children to draw together all the strands of the national curriculum, make links with their everyday lives and interests and give them the best opportunities to learn and develop.
Our New Primary Curriculum aims are to:
We have created a new format to learning, where children are not taught individual History, Geography, Science, Art and DT lessons. Instead, we have created curriculum themes which link all of these areas together. The aim of this is to create greater opportunities for enquiry and developing skills that can be used in all areas of learning. No longer do children learn subjects in isolation, but through developing skills across a range of areas. This might include linking History, PE and Music through a study of Tudor dance, or learning about how people in the Stone Age survived by actually trying out some of their farming techniques. The possibilities for enriched learning experiences are very exciting. For every theme, each year group participates in a WOW event, to inspire and enthuse the children, giving them alternative learning experiences that our previous curriculum was unable to offer.
Modern Foreign Languages are also taught in the Juniors. Every child from Year 3 upwards learns French with our specialist language teacher, Mrs Tomson. Specialist areas of computing are taught during our computing sessions (ICT), including coding.
Our new format has been adopted by all year groups and means that our pupils will have a more creative cross curricular and enjoyable thematic approach to learning. These themes are largely History, Science, Design Technology or Geography based, but have links to other areas of the curriculum. Separate coverage for other subjects in the curriculum such as Maths and Literacy is also underway, and you can read about these developments in the appropriate sections of this site. In all areas, strong thematic links are made wherever appropriate to enrich these learning experiences. The children partake in a wider range of creative, practical and skills based activities, tailored for their individual needs. Children can explore each theme by creating their own questions, investigations and identifying the areas about which they would like to know more.
We always encourage our children to take great pride in their work, and this is even more evident in their theme books. We give the children opportunities to display their own work and show off their creativity in the best way they can.
Please see the curriculum map below for further details on the new and exciting themes that are being taught this year. (A PDF version can be downloaded by clicking on the image.)
You can see some of the exciting things we have been doing and learning about during our theme work on the themes page.
For more information about the National Curriculum please click here.