The National Curriculum

We teach The National Curriculum 2014 to all our children in Years 1-6. The following subjects are taught at Bedmond Academy:

  • English
  • maths
  • science
  • design and technology
  • history
  • geography
  • art and design
  • music
  • physical education (PE), including swimming in KS2
  • computing
  • modern foreign languages* (French)
  • religious education **
  • personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSCHE)
* Although MFL is only compulsory for KS2, we also teach French to our KS1 children

**Schools must provide religious education (RE) but parents can ask for their children to be taken out of the whole lesson or part of it.


Subject

What’s new?

English

  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling(for example, the use of commas and apostrophes to be taught in KS1)
  • Handwriting (not assessed under the old national curriculum) is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
  • Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating andpresenting skills.

Maths

  • Five-year-olds are expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the old curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (previously up to 10)
  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8)
  • By the age of nine, children are expected to know times tables up to 12×12 (previously 10×10 by the end of primary school)
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.

Science

  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms
  • Evolution to be taught in primary schools for the first time
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system

Design & technology

  • Design and Technology has become more important in 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 KS2, children learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.

ICT

  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
  • From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
  • From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet
  • Internet safety – previously only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools

Languages

  • Previously not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2. Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language

CURRICULUM 
The curriculum which we offer all of our children is provided through a series of planned units of work which are created and implemented by our teaching staff.

Aims
The aims of our school curriculum are:

  • to enable all children to learn, and develop their skills, to the best of their ability;
  • to promote a positive attitude towards learning, so that children enjoy coming to school, and acquire a solid basis for lifelong learning;
  • to teach children the basic skills of literacy, numeracy and computing;
  • to enable children to be creative and to develop their own thinking;
  • to teach children about the developing world, including how their environment and society have changed over time;
  • to help children understand Britain's cultural heritage;
  • to appreciate and value the contribution made by all ethnic groups in our multi-cultural society;
  • to enable children to be positive citizens;
  • to fulfil all the requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 and the Locally Agreed Syllabus for Religious Education;
  • to teach children to have an awareness of their own spiritual development, and to distinguish right from wrong;
  • to help children understand the importance of truth and fairness, so that they grow up committed to equal opportunities for all;
  • to enable children to have respect for themselves and high self-esteem, and to live and work cooperatively with others.

For more information about our curriculum, see long term curriculum map (Parents tab - curriculum. Please note, this is a working document).

Tests and assessments

Year 1 phonics screening check

Nationally, all children in Year 1 are assessed for their phonic understanding towards the end of the year. The check takes place in June when each child reads 40 words out loud to a teacher. The results are shared with you with their annual report and and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child does not pass the check, they will complete it again in Year 2.

Key stage 1

All children in Year 2 are now required to complete a Key stage 1 test. At Bedmond School, we try to keep these as low-key as possible. The tests cover:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • maths

Your child will take the tests in May and you will receive the test results as well as the results of your child’s teacher assessments with their annual school report.

Key stage 2

Again, all children in Year 6 are required to complete assessments, SATs.  These test your child’s skills in:

  • English reading
  • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
  • maths
Your child will take these national tests in May when they reach the end of key stage 2 and you will receive the test results as well as the results of your child’s teacher assessments with their annual school report.