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The National Curriculum
In September 2014, the Government introduced a new National Curriculum, with a great deal of fresh content and ambitious expectations of learning. It is designed to provide children with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that they require to be successful citizens of Great Britain.
In addition, the National Curriculum provides statutory programmes of study for each subject, stating which content which should be taught to pupils in each stage of learning.
With the introduction of the new curriculum the manner in which schools assess learning has also changed dramatically. Levels have been removed and will not be replaced on a National basis.
Although the content of the curriculum has been stipulated by the Government and Statutory Assessments will continue to be prescribed, schools are free to assess the skills acquired in each subject, at each stage of learning, in whatever manner they deem appropriate.
At Swinefleet, we want to ensure that the children leave us equipped with the essential knowledge, skills and understanding required for their next stage of learning when they leave our school. Please see our section on Assessment for further details.
The Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum
As a result, we have chosen to follow the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum which sets out essential coverage, learning objectives and standards which are required for all subjects. Furthermore, it provides progress measures for all subjects including personal development.
One of the primary reasons why we have chosen to adopt this curriculum is because it emphasises the importance of developing the depth of children’s learning. In essence, this means providing children with increased cognitive challenge, allowing them to apply the skills which they have learnt independently in a range of contexts rather than moving them onto the next skill needlessly when they have not truly mastered it. Our curriculum themes endeavour to ensure that mastery is achieved through study in a range of exciting ways.
Please click on the links below for an overview of the curriculum that is followed by our classes.