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The ‘basic’ school curriculum includes the ‘national curriculum’, religious education and sex education.

The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary and secondary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.

Appleton Thorn Primary School follows the statutory National Curriculum (published September 2013).

We believe that the curriculum should be broad and balanced and we achieve this by following the statutory National Curriculum and by going beyond this to further enrich the lives of the children we teach.  

Curriculum Key Points:

  •   The main aim is to raise standards
  •   It has been designed to produce productive, creative and well educated students. 
  •  All maintained schools will have to follow the new curriculum but Academies and Free Schools are exempt
  •  The new curriculum is intended to be more challenging.
  •  It focuses on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.

Curriculum Key Facts:

  • Schools are free to choose how they organise their school day, as long as the content of the National Curriculum programmes of study is taught to all pupils.
  • By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study.
  • The new National Curriculum identifies what to teach but not how to teach.
  • The new National Curriculum does not have levels of attainment, but expectations at each banding.
  • “Literacy” title has been replaced by ‘English’.
  • ‘ICT’ title is replaced by ‘Computing’
  •  No PSHE or RE contained within the Curriculum 2014 (but still to be taught).
  •  An Act of Daily Worship is expected in all schools.
  • In Maths there will be a greater emphasis on arithmetic, and the promotion of efficient written methods of long multiplication and division.  There will also be a more demanding content in fractions, decimals and percentages.
  • In Science there is a stronger focus on the importance of scientific knowledge and language and a greater emphasis on the core scientific concepts underpinning pupils’ understanding.  For the first time primary aged children will learn about evolution and inheritance.
  • The English programmes of study will embody higher standards of literacy.  Pupils will be expected to develop a stronger command of the written and spoken word.  Through the teaching of phonics pupils will be helped to read fluently.
  • The study of languages is compulsory in Key Stage 2.
  •  The current ICT curriculum is replaced with a new computing curriculum with a much greater emphasis on computational thinking and practical programming skills.
  • It is essential to distinguish between the statutory National Curriculum and the whole school curriculum.  All schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils.
  • In other subjects and key stages there is a greater amount of time and flexibility for schools and teachers to design their curriculum and lessons by focusing only on the essential knowledge to be taught in each subject.

What Are The Main Changes?

  • The new curriculum has basically been divided across the three phases in primary schools i.e. Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2), Lower Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4) and Upper Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).
  • There are no specific times during each phase where topics have to be taught nor how long it should take. This is left to the discretion of individual schools and teachers as it is dependent on how quickly children grasp the specific area being taught.

How Appleton Thorn Primary School Delivers The National Curriculum:

The school uses ‘The Rainbow Continuum’ as a basis for the delivery of the National Curriculum and from this we have developed long term plans for:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Computing
  • Science
  • Physical Education
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Religious Education
  • PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education)

We have also devised a topic based approach to teaching the following subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Design and Technology
  • Geography
  • History

Where one of the above subjects does not naturally fit within a topic being taught then it is taught discretely for the duration of the topic (normally one term).

The following documents are on the ‘Curriculum Page’ to help you follow what is being taught within the school and when it is being taught.

  1. The Rainbow Continuum
  2. EYFS Long Term Plan
  3. English Long Term Plans
  4. Maths Long Term Plans
  5. Science Long Term Plan
  6. Computing Long Term Plan
  7. Physical Education Long Term Plan
  8. Languages
  9. Music
  10. Religious Education
  11. PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education)
  12. Curriculum Map for Art and Design, Design and Technology, Geography and History
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