(Curriculum policies saved under Policies)
From September 2015 all year groups will follow the new National Curriculum (2014).
Wherever possible, 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 plan. Within the topic plan, children are able to practise and apply their Reading, Maths and English skills in other subject areas.
Our ‘Long Term Plans’ show each year group’s overview of topics and curriculum learning to be taught that year.
Our ‘Topic Maps’ 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 (where appropriate) as well as writing and maths across the curriculum. To enhance the curriculum further, wherever possible, visits to places of interest and/or visitors to school will be arranged.
Teaching and learning in Reading, Writing and Maths is focused on meeting the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for each year group. The KPIs are directly related to the requirements of the New Curriculum (2014) and are available to view on this website. Planning, teaching and assessment make significant use of these KPIs in order to ensure expectations are high and accurate assessments are made. The KPIs are also supported by other objectives that ensure a comprehensive coverage of the curriculum.
If you would like further information about the curriculum we are studying please come in and talk to your class teacher.
Assessment without levels
The DfE feels that the current system is not always understood by parents and the ambiguity in some of the level descriptions means that are not always systematically used. It is also encouraging schools to consider broader aspects of progress.
· The new National Curriculum for Key Stages 1-4, in maintained schools, which came in to force in September 2014 does not include any levels (for primary schools generally Level 1 to Level 5) instead it provides an outline of broad expectations indicating what pupils should be taught in different year groups or key stages.
· The new National Curriculum became statutory for all maintained schools in September 2014.
· Summer 2016 will be the first year of statutory assessment not to use levels.
· Schools will be able to develop their own system or adopt any system that they feel meets their needs as there will not be a national system.
· Ofsted will still expect good evidence of pupil progress, both from the tracking of progress over time and from qualitative evidence such as observations of teaching and in pupils’ written work to be available and used to assess pupils’ individually.
At Simonside Primary School we will are using a system that assesses pupils as emerging, developing, securing or exceeding. We are looking closely at Government recommendations and in particular from NAHT. We are also in partnership with Newcastle Local Authority who are implementing a new assessment system and the details of this can be found in the download section.
We will continue to use the excellent formative assessment processes that are already effectively supporting pupils ensuring that:
· We continue to use quality initial assessments indicating pupils current knowledge and understanding and areas for further development
· Excellent differentiation ensures that tasks are matched to pupils’ abilities and provides high challenge for all
· The use of high quality assessments including written and oral feedback; self-assessment and peer assessment indicate how pupils have progressed against learning objectives and success criteria
· Continuous assessment is used by teachers to develop the next steps in pupils’ learning in subsequent lessons
Please see our Assessment Policy for more detail.