The Primary National Curriculum contains the programmes of study and attainment targets for all subjects. It is organised on the basis of two key stages.
The statutory subjects that all pupils must study are: English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Computing, Art and Design, Music, PE and Languages (KS2 only). Religious Education and personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) must also be provided at Key Stages 1 and 2.
As a CE primary school we have been teaching the new programmes of study since September 2014 and following a local syllabus for RE and PSHE.
Please follow this link to see the full National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2:
At Longfleet we are committed to meeting the statuary requirements within a rich, varied and balanced curriculum that develops the whole child and their wider needs. We have therefore grouped Science and the foundation subjects (History, Geography, Art, Physical Education and Design and Technology) into cross-curricular topics which promote the transfer of skills, particularly those taught in English and Maths. This allows children to make connections between subjects so that a deeper understanding is gained. English is often inspired by specific Talk for Write texts, carefully chosen for their links to topics. English and Maths lessons are taught discretely whereas Science and the foundation subjects are referred to as Topic. RE, Languages and PSHE remain discreet.
This rigorously planned approach provides pupils with the essential statutory knowledge whilst nurturing a passion for learning. In order to equip our children with the qualities and disposition to become an active member of society, we have identified the following curriculum drivers: knowledge of the world, understanding our possibilities, enquiry, secure emotional/physical understanding and enjoyment of literature. These drivers allow us to customise our curricular content whilst providing appropriate and relevant experiences for our pupils. Within a topic, opportunities to meet these drivers are planned. For example; all topics are linked to a quality stimulus. This could be in the form of a book, newspaper clipping, animation or diary entry.
At all times we aim to inspire our children, contextualise their learning and encourage an appreciation and understanding of British Values. We achieve this by delivering the core knowledge, giving pupils a voice and planning a ‘Big Bang’ and ‘Fab Finale’ for each topic. These entry and exit activities include: visits from specialists, trips and exhibitions of work.
We encourage parents to take an active part in their child’s education. This is achieved through teachers sending home a half-termly Topic Web which identifies curriculum coverage and the activities the children will be engaging in. Parents will also be invited into school to see aspects of their work, attend collective acts of worship or to support with special events.
Should you have any further questions about the curriculum, or what your child is learning at school, please feel free to arrange a time to speak with your child’s class teacher – they will be happy to help!
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