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The National Curriculum is a statutory requirement in all maintained schools in England and is a requirement for all children once they reach Year 1. It is broken down into the following subjects (headings of new National Curriculum from September 2014):
English, Maths, Science, Computing, DT, Art & Design, History, Geography, Languages (being phased in from September 2015), Music, PSHE, PE
Letters and Sounds is used to plan and deliver Phonics up to Year 2 and for pupils not meeting the national requirements for Phonics after Year 2, Project: X-Code is used. No one Reading scheme is used to teach Reading, a variety of strategies and books are used.
We believe that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their own learning. To this end, we have arranged for the subjects of the NC to be taught in a cross curricular manner so that learning from one subject can be applied to aid children’s learning in other subjects.
It is vital that children in each class across a year group have equal entitlement to the curriculum. At St. John’s C of E Primary Academy we have developed a cross curricular map. This identifies, for each teacher, the aspects of the curriculum to be covered each term, the themes that form the link between and across subjects. In this way, we can ensure the coverage of the curriculum is equitable.
Each term, each class teacher will develop a timetable that will enable them to deliver the skills from the national curriculum within their given theme. It is via this timetable that each teacher ensures that the range of subjects can be taught to a deeper level over the course of a whole term. This timetable also ensures that there is a proper balance between different subjects and that there is no ‘narrowing down’ of the curriculum.
Below (as attachments) are the curriculum maps that teachers use to plan. These are the themes being covered this academic year (from September 2016).