The National Curriculum
In September 2014 the government introduced the latest National Curriculum for primary schools. This document outlines the content for each subject which must be taught. Within the guidelines there is some scope to choose the exact content that is to be covered and when it is to be covered. The National Curriculum enables children across schools to acquire the same basic knowledge and understanding across the primary subjects.
Teachers at Rose Hill use the National Curriculum to plan exciting and stimulating lessons which ignite the children’s interests and enthusiasm for different subjects. The National Curriculum sits within, and is one part of, the school’s whole curriculum.
Pupils of compulsory school age in community and foundation schools, including community special schools and foundation special schools, and in voluntary aided and voluntary controlled schools, must follow the National Curriculum. It is organised on the basis of four key stages and twelve subjects, classified in legal terms as ‘core’ and ‘other foundation’ subjects.
Core Subjects: English, Maths, Science, RE
Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, PE, Music, Computing, French.
The National Curriculum acknowledges that “a minority of pupils will need access to specialist equipment and different approaches.”
The curriculum in our SEN classes is delivered with the same intention as for our mainstream classes, scaffolded for the specific learning level of individuals in these classes. Lessons are planned to ensure these children are successful and make progress. The SEN Code (2014) states that “all pupils should have access to a broad and balanced curriculum” with teachers having high expectations for every pupil. “Lessons should be planned to address potential areas of difficulty and to remove barriers to pupil achievement”. This model is achieved in the SEN classes through careful assessment of the children’s current attainment, identifying next steps in their learning and providing a rich environment in which these children are able to access a broad, balanced curriculum.