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 as citizens of Great Britain.
A thematic approach
There is evidence that teaching subject knowledge and skills as part of a wider topic based curriculum allows pupils to make useful links between areas of learning, and consolidate skills. Children are also likely to be more engaged in their learning if it has a context and theme that runs through it.
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 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.
Each subject will have its own Milestones. These Milestones are broken down into three areas. By the end of each Milestone, children in Year 1, 3 and 5 will be at a basic level in that particular subject area and children in Year 2, 4 and 6 will be at an advancing level. All staff use these Milestones to plan their lessons and are therefore aware of their children’s end points.
Due to copyright reasons, we cannot allow the full Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum to be published on our school website. However, to give more clarity, we have available this document, which highlights the content of the school’s curriculum in each subject.