For generations, parents have found themselves visiting primary schools with their children only to hear themselves saying, “It’s not like when I was at school.” Things change quickly in education, and at no time in the past 25 years has that been truer than September 2014 when the whole school curriculum changed for maintained schools throughout England.
English, Maths and Science remain very important and are considered the core subjects. The National Curriculum sets out, in some detail, what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning week. Alongside these are the familiar foundation subjects: Art, Computing, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages (age 7+ only), Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education. For these foundation subjects, the details in the curriculum are significantly briefer: schools have much more flexibility regarding what they cover in these subjects. Much of the publicity about the changes to the curriculum focussed on ‘higher expectations’ in various subjects, and it is certainly the case that in some areas the content of the new primary curriculum is significantly more demanding than in the past. For example, in mathematics, there is now much greater focus on the skills of arithmetic and also on working with fractions. In science, a new unit of work on evolution is introduced for Year 6; work which would have previously been studied in secondary school. In English lessons, there will now be more attention paid to the study of grammar and spelling; an area which was far less notable in previous curricula.
If your child is achieving well, rather than moving on to the following year group’s work, we will encourage more in-depth and investigative work to allow a greater mastery and understanding of concepts and ideas.
The new curriculum began in schools in September 2014. In the last year of the Key Stages, children are formally assessed to judge their progress against the requirements of the curriculum. New tests were introduced in the summer of 2016 to assess work from the new curriculum.
Tests your child will take. (Assessment)
Lots of schools use tests at all stages of their work. For the most part, these are part of a normal classroom routine, and support teachers’ assessment. However, at certain stages of schooling, there are also national tests which must be taken by all children in state schools. Often informally known as ‘SATs’, the National Curriculum Tests are compulsory for children at the end of Year 2 and Year 6. Children in year 6 will undertake tests in Reading, Mathematics, and Grammar, Punctuation & Spelling. The tests will be sent away for marking, and results are reported to schools and parents at the end of the year. The new National Curriculum Tests for children in Year 2 and Year 6 take place each summer. Where previously these tests – and other teacher assessments – were graded in levels (normally numbering between Level 1 and Level 6 in primary school), the tests are now reported as a scaled score, with a score of 100 representing the expected level for each age group. At Woodfield, we have internal tests for other year groups around the same time.
In addition to the end of Key Stage Tests, children in Year 1 are assessed in the Phonics Screen test. This is a test to assess children's decoding skills and is conducted in school by the class teacher under strict guidelines.
We hold Parent Meetings where we show parents and carers copies of these tests and to go through ways in which to support your child. These are in addition to the parents consultation meetings which take place.
Find out more about all the exciting learning which takes place at our school. Follow the links below to access the Curriculum Plans for each Class along with our Programme For Modern Foreign Languages (French) and the Local Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education.
- Religious Education
- KS1 Attainment Targets
- KS2 Attainment Targets