Key Stage 1 and 2
The National Curriculum sets out the most important knowledge and skills that every child has a right to learn. We have fully implemented the National Curriculum (2014) for all year groups.. From September 2015, year groups 1 to 6 have followed the new National Curriculum programmes of study for “core” subjects - Mathematics, English, Science and “foundation” subjects - Art & Design, Design Technology, Computing (formerly known as ICT), Music, History, Geography and Physical Education. Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), Citizenship, Religious Education and French are also taught.
Further details of the changes to the National Curriculum can be found here: Parents’ Guide to the NC
The full National Curriculum (2014) can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculum
The school works within the framework of the National Curriculum but we integrate the separate subjects as much as possible to enable pupils to make links between areas of learning. This cross-curricular approach to learning allows for skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects to be brought together to form a “topic”. Within the topic, children are able to practise and apply their English and Maths skills. Medium Term Plans show each year group’s termly areas of learning.
We also believe that children learn best from experience and our curriculum is carefully planned to provide opportunities for investigation, problem solving and visits to places of educational merit, all based on a creative and integrated topic approach.
Common to our teaching is the positive encouragement of effort, work that will stretch but not frustrate, the recognition of achievement, and the development of individual children to help them achieve their full potential – see our curriculum aims and values statements: Vision and Ethos
Assessment without levels
As part of reforms to the National Curriculum, the current system of ‘levels’ used to report children’s attainment and progress will be removed from most year groups in September 2014 and will not be replaced. The government believes that by removing levels it will allow teachers greater flexibility in the way that they plan and assess pupils’ learning. The curriculum must include an assessment system which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and to report regularly to parents.
If you have any questions about the curriculum we follow at Hollymount please contact your child's class teacher.