The New Key Stage 1 and 2 National Curriculum 2014
At Park Walk we have been rolling out the new National Curriculum across the School since September 2014.
What has changed?
- The new National Curriculum programmes of study are more challenging, slimmer, and focused on what the current government sees as essential subject knowledge.
- For Maths, Science and English, the final programmes of study are both detailed and prescriptive, with new lists of objectives for year and/or stage.
- However, in other non-core subjects, the programmes of study are radically slimmed down, allowing teachers more freedom to develop a curriculum for their own school.
- The current system of National Curriculum levels will be removed and a new system of assessment and accountability will be put in place.
If you wish to find out more about the changes to the subject areas, then please click onto each individual curriculum area or do not hesitate to contact the office and make an appointment to see the Head Teacher, Miss Emily Caldwell.
Early Years Foundation Stage: Nursery and Reception
The Early Years Foundation Stage framework, followed by the school, promotes teaching and learning that gives children a broad range of knowledge and skills. It provides the right foundation for good future progress through school and life.
Our topic based educational programme is shaped by the seven areas of learning and development. The three ‘prime’ areas are: communication and language, physical development and personal, social and emotional development. These are particularly important in igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning. These areas are strengthened and applied in four ‘specific’ areas: literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design. Curriculum overviews are available here and detail how these areas are delivered on a half termly basis.
The school works to strengthen children’s knowledge and understanding in all of these important areas. Through observations, their progress is assessed as they work towards seventeen early learning goals. These cover the knowledge, skills and understanding that children should have at the end of the academic year in which they turn five.
At the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, the EYFS Profile is completed for each child. As part of this, each child’s level of development against the early learning goals is assessed. Parents, carers and teachers are then provided with a well-rounded picture of each child’s knowledge, understanding and abilities.
Below are three useful documents that contain further information. Your child's class teacher will be able to provide more information specific to their year group.