The new national curriculum was introduced into all maintained primary and secondary schools from September 2014.
Aldercar staff have had training on using the new national curriculum and have adopted the new objectives for their planning.
'Teaching programmes have been redesigned to incorporate pupils’ own ideas, so that the new themes provide many opportunities for pupils to think for themselves, apply their literacy and numeracy skills in other subjects and solve problems. Pupils say they are excited to find out what they will learn each morning. '
Our curriculum is cross curricular as much as possible and taught through topic sessions. Staff have collectively decided that there are some subjects that are best taught as standalone subjects such as R.E and music. Children experience what it is like to think and act like a historian, scientist, engineer or a mathematician. Within each topic children and teachers identify together what they want to know, what they already know, what they need to know and how best they might find that out. In the classroom there is increased emphasis on real life situations, decision-making, problem solving, research and action.
Children are actively:
- exploring, wondering and questioning
- experimenting and playing with possibilities
- researching and seeking information
- collecting data and reporting findings
- clarifying existing ideas and reappraising events
- deepening understanding through the application of a concept or rule
- making and testing theories
- making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens andelaborating on solutions to problems.
Our curriculum reflects the school’s mixed ability intake and aims to provide for the needs of potentially very able children and those requiring learning support. The classes are all mixed ability.
We have recently adopted 'child led learning' which means children choose what they would like to learn about 3 terms a year.
At the beginning of the school year chldren write what they would like to learn about on a post-it.
Teachers take out any duplicates and link as many post-its together and look at most popular ideas. These are then balanced over the subjects – e.g not all history/geography etc.
They then cut up objectives/skills to see what will be covered in each subject.
From this they create a long term plan of the topic headings for each term, and a detailed medium term plan - objectives/ key skills.
At the beginning of each new topic the children will write down questions about what they want to learn about. The teachers use these questions to create detailed plans for the topic.
Within our curriculum we try to include the National Trust 50 top things to do before you are 12. This gives children the opportunity to expereince new things and enhances their learning.
We have also started a topic record book of childrens learning and outcomes/ parent comments/ showcases/ outside visitors/pupil interviews about topic. This will then be displayed in the schools entrance for visitors to view.
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You can also contact the school on 01773 713428 if you would like to speak to us about our curriculum.