Orrets Meadow's Curriculum
New National Curriculum
From September 2014 a new National Curriculum was introduced for primary schools. Teachers have worked hard over the last year devising a new curriculum, which is progressive in skills, meets the national requirements and meets the needs of the pupils who attend Orrets Meadow.
The national changes affect all curriculum areas with children expected to reach higher standards in Maths and English. Below you can see the expectations for each year group. As many of the children who attend Orrets Meadow have literacy and/or numeracy difficulties, they are likely to be working below the expectations for their age range and so may not be working at their correct age curriculum.
The English Curriculum
The new curriculum for English is knowledge-based; this means it's focus is on knowing facts as well as developing skills and understanding. There is an increased emphasis on the technical aspects of language. English is set out year by year in Key Stage 1 (Years 1 and 2) and two-yearly in Key Stage 2 (Years 3 and 4 and Years 5 and 6). There is specific content to be covered in the areas of spelling and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation. These are set out for each year group across both key stages.
Phonics at Orrets Meadow
At Orrets Meadow we teach our own discrete phonics programme which we call the 'Core Programmes for Literacy'. Children with Dyslexia have barriers to learning learning phonics. We find a structured programme, with lots of opportunities for overlearning, delivered in a multisensory approach, enables children to most effectively progress with phonics. We have attached an outline of our phonics programme at the bottom.
Year 1 pupils sit the National Phonics Screening check if we feel it is appropriate to their ability. Pupils are given the chance to sit the phonics screening check again in Year 2.
The Maths Curriculum
The main areas in the new Mathematics curriculum are number, measurement, geometry, statistics, ratio and proportion and algebra. The way that the curriculum is organised varies across the primary age range - every year group has its own programme of study detailing what the children should be able to achieve in each area. The changes for number present a significant increase in the level of challenge. Problem solving occurs in all areas of the Mathematics curriculum.
The Science Curriculum
The new curriculum for Science puts a greater focus on acquiring scientific knowledge, and less emphasis on developing scientific skills and understanding. The scientific enquiry strand, now called working scientifically, is taught throughout each topic. The content of the Science curriculum needs to be covered by the end of the relevant key stage rather than being specified for each year group.
There are significant changes in the curriculum for History. In KS1 children will learn about the lives of significant people and will be expected to have a growing sense of historical understanding. In KS2 there continues to be an emphasis on developing chronology with the children studying History up to 1066. In addition to this schools can include special studies which will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond 1066.
Another area of the curriculum which is set to change a great deal is Computing. Previously children have studied ICT (Information and Communication Technology). The emphasis in the new Computing curriculum is on the children being able to use and understand programming, develop their digital literacy as well as their understanding of safe internet use. ICT will still be used across all subjects in order to enhance and develop the children's learning.
In addition to changes in the curriculum there have also been changes in the systems for assessment. The old system of levels has been removed and not replaced. Orrets Meadow's new system for assessment has been described on the website.
- Progression of READING SKILLS at Orrets Meadow
- Progression of WRITING SKILLS at Orrets Meadow
- Progression of ADDITION AND SUBTRACTION
- Progression of FRACTIONS AND DECIMALS
- Progression of MATHS RATIO AND PROPORTION
- Progression of MATHS MEASUREMENT MONEY
- Progression of MATHS STATISTICS
- Progression of ALGEBRA
- Progression of GEOMETRY PROPERTIES OF SHAPE
- Progression of GEOMETRY POSITION AND DIRECTION
- Progression of MEASUREMENT CAPACITY AND VOLUME
- Progression of MEASUREMENT SHAPE
- Progression of MEASUREMENT MASS WEIGHT
- Progression of MEASUREMENT TEMPERATURE
- Progression of MEASUREMENT TIME
- Progression of MULTIPLICATION AND DIVISION
- Progression of NUMBER AND PLACE VALUE