Key Stage 1 and 2 Curriculum Implementation
Our science programme follows the DfE scheme of work. The topics are carefully planned so that the science is based on sound principles and processes. The emphasis throughout the programme is on first hand experience wherever possible and the value of questioning and drawing valid conclusions.
Since 2014, there has been strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms.
Evolution is taught in Primary Schools for the first time.
Non-core subjects like caring for animals, has been replaced by topics like the human circulatory system.
The Foundation Subjects
We follow the DfE schemes of work for the following foundation subjects:
- Design Technology
- Physical Education
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) and SRE (Sex and Relationships Education) lessons are an important part of our curriculum.
Design and technology:
Afforded greater importance under the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future.
More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics.
In Key Stage 2, children learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.
Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than operating programs.
From age five, children learn how to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data.
From seven, they are taught to understand computer networks, including the internet.
Internet safety - previously taught from 11-16 - is taught in Primary Schools.
Previously not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in Key Stage 2.
Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.