This section of our website is focused on our Curriculum and provides an overview of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and the Curriculum offer for children in Classes 1 to 4. There are also sections on Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Development and how we promote British Values.
Curriculum Long Term Plans
The Government rolled out their new curriculum into schools from Autumn 2014. There are some significant changes. Some examples are:
- The new curriculum is knowledge-based; this means its main focus is on knowing facts ahead of developing skills and understanding.
- Some of the key areas of certain subjects have been moved. For example in maths some content which may have been taught further up school has now been brought down to earlier years. Another example is History which is now mostly taught chronologically.
- ICT is now Computing and includes children being taught programming from an early age.
- Levels have been removed by the government when assessing children’s progress.
The curriculum within our school aims to be creative, flexible and reflect the interests and learning styles of our pupils. In EYFS the curriculum is predominately child initiated with children choosing the topics or areas they wish to study.
In Key Stage 1 and 2 children follow National Curriculum guidelines and where appropriate undertake child initiated learning. We are a UNICEF Rights Respecting School and as such give children the opportunity to explore global issues within their curriculum. Children therefore learn about issues such as Fair Trade, Land Mines, Refugees and Endangered Species.
We have used the 2014 curriculum to create new long term teaching plans for each of the classes in school. Our mixed-age classes have cycle A and cycle B to ensure children cover all aspects of the curriculum over two year groups. If you would like to view them, please see long term plans below.
Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
At Esh C.E. Primary School, we believe that inclusive education means providing all pupils with appropriate education and support alongside their peers. The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
The Curriculum is all the planned activities that the school organises in order to promote learning, personal growth and development.
It includes not only the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also the range of additional opportunities that the school organises in order to enrich the experiences of our children.
Our Curriculum also includes the social aspects imperative for life long learning. The Rights Respecting School Award, the friendly, nurturing environment and the emphasis on ’pupil demonstrates the importance of children having high expectations of behaviour and tolerance towards each other. Esh CE Primary School aims to maximise social and academic potential for every pupil on their exciting school journey.
All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils’ needs.
If you would like to discuss your SEND requirements in detail please contact the school to arrange an appointment with the Head Teacher, Mrs Johnston.
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