Over the last few years the National Curriculum in England has undergone a process of transition. At Sharlston Community School we followed the timetable for transition, between the National Curriculum (2000) and the National Curriculum (2014), as set out by the Department of Education. This timetable occurred in stages detailed below:
From September 2014, Year 1, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 5 adopted the programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum (2014) for Mathematics, English, Science and Foundation subjects: (Art & Design, Design Technology, Computing (formerly known as Information Technology), Music, History, Geography and Physical Education.
Year 2 and Year 6 remained on the old National Curriculum for Mathematics, English and Science and began to learn from the National Curriculum (2014) in September 2015. They did however adopt the new National Curriculum (2014) for Foundation subjects in September 2014.
The school uses a cross-curricular approach to teaching and learning, with a class text or novel as the driver. This means that skills, knowledge and understanding across a range of subjects are brought together and form a topic. Within the topic, children are able to practise and apply their reading, maths and English skills in other subject and learn how these skills are needed for 'real life'.
Our ‘Topic Maps’ show each year group’s termly areas of learning. They are led by enquiry questions posed by the pupils to determine what they already know about the topic, what they would like to know and what they have learned. The topic maps detail the class novel, writing and maths across the curriculum and links to exciting experiences. These could include a class trip, a visitor to school or a celebration of learning event.