The government has produced a new primary National Curriculum which is to be taught in Key Stage 1 and 2 from September 2014. Last year the staff at Barlborough Primary School worked really hard producing new schemes of work that incorporated the changes. Some of the work the children will be doing was part of the old curriculum, but lots of the topics are totally new e.g. the Stone Age.
It is important to note that the expectations of the new National Curriculum are much higher. This means that some work is now expected to be completed at a younger age than previously i.e. some maths that used to be taught in year 4 is now expected to be taught in year 3. However, we understand that every child is different and that they progress and develop at different rates. As previously, class teachers will set work which is appropriate to the different needs and abilities of the class. Some children will obviously be able to meet the new expectations but other children may need further support.
Children in Years 1 and 3-5 will undertake a range of tasks/tests in English and Mathematics to establish which children are working at the expected level of the new National Curriculum, which children are working below the new expected level and which children are working above. The English tasks and tests will focus on reading, grammar, spelling and writing. Due to the higher expectations of the new curriculum, we anticipate that some children who were currently working at or above age related expectations may no longer be doing so. The purpose of the tasks/tests is so teachers can identify what the children in their class are finding difficult so that they can plan to address these areas.
Children in Years 2 and 6 will complete practice SATs papers ready for their tests in the Summer term.
As of September 2014, in line with government guidelines, children in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 will no longer be assessed using levels (e.g. 2b, 3a etc). Children’s attainment will now be referred to as working at age related expectations, below age related expectations or above age related expectations.
Children in Years 2 and 6 will be continued to be assessed against levels this academic year but will then change to the new system in September 2015. This is because the end of Key Stage tests 2015 will still assess the old levels.