Curriculum & Assessment
Staff plan and organise the learning for each year group to ensure that there is continuity and progression. Our curriculum planning framework aims to provide a broad, balanced and exciting education set within the context of the National Curriculum. At Gordonbrock, as we develop the curriculum, we make meaningful links between the different subjects. Although English and Maths are taught discretely at certain times of the day, they are also taught within a cross curricular context.
Visits and visitors are seen as a vital stimulation for children’s interest and are closely linked with the contexts for learning. Each year group goes on one local trip every term and one that is further afield – into central London or out into the countryside. We also have termly visits from theatre companies and we celebrate events such as World Book Day and National Science week by bringing in authors and experts to enhance our learning.
Context for Learning
The titles and content reflect where we have got to so far in the development of the ‘Excellence and Enjoyment’ agenda and are suggestions for areas of learning which could be linked. They may be renamed and adapted to suit the needs and interests of your class. The expectation is that these themes will provide the context for most of our literacy.
To read our context for learning overview, please click here.
To find our more about how individual subjects at Gordonbrock use the links below.
Our Approach to Assessment
From September 2015, we introduced a new system for assessment. As part of the Government’s changes to education, it is now up to individual schools to develop an approach to measure and track children’s attainment and progress against the new National Curriculum.
We have worked closely with our Federation partner, Eliot Bank – and a number of other schools – to develop an approach, which we feel is most effective in assessing against the new curriculum.
Throughout the year, your child’s attainment will be judged against the criteria set out in the year group-equivalent Standard. This on-going judgement will identify what children have achieved and what they need to do next. In addition to this, the children in Year 2 to 6 will sit in-house assessments in reading, writing, GPS (Grammar, Punctuation and Spelling) and mathematics towards the end of each term. The outcomes of these assessments will be reported to you at the start of the following term.
The New National Curriculum
For generations, parents have found themselves visiting primary schools with their children only to hear themselves saying, “It’s not like when I was at school.” Things change quickly in education, and at no time in the past 25 years has that been truer than September 2014 when the whole school curriculum changes for maintained schools throughout England.
This guide is intended to support parents of primary school children by providing an outline of typical content and some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works, hopefully it will help parents support their children in making the most of their education.