Curriculum Coverage 2016/2017
At Listerdale School, the curriculum is in constant development, as it needs to respond to the interests and needs of our pupils. As such, each new year is always different to the last, as we are learning for the future - a future we cannot safely predict. What we do know, though, is that children will need personal capabilities that equip them for meeting challenges that we can only guess at. As a result of this, personal development is at the heart of our curriculum, with a structured set of Personal Capabilities. As we are also education Responsible Global Citizens, there are other key aspects to our curriculum. These go far beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum and are:
- Personal Capabilities
- Physical Education
- French (KS2)
- Global Citizenship
At Listerdale, we are now implementing the New Curriculum through our own creative curriculum. We have planned for the coverage and progression of the New Curriculum within every year group (as can be seen by the coverage overview at the side).
When the DfE removed the requirements for ICT (Information and Communication Technology), we were already developing a new computing curriculum, as we shared the view that the old National Curriculum Programmes of Study had become irrelevant and outdated. Our new computing curriculum is now embedded within the school's overall curriculum and focuses on multimedia, e-safety, communication and programming, incorporating control and modelling as well.
We also share the view of the DfE that the National Strategies for Literacy and Numeracy that had been in schools for a number of years were not providing the best level of challenge for our pupils. We have developed reading, writing, speaking and listening to ensure that children are able to write, read and communicate in a number of situations. We strongly believe that Shakespeare and our rich literary history is something to be proud of and an essential part of pupil's education. As a result, not only do we study and perform Shakespeare as a school, but children in Y4 and upwards can further develop their understanding of Shakespeare in our popular drama group. We perform regularly, with children able to take on a variety of roles both on-stage and behind the scenes.
In addition to our core curriculum, we offer a variety of instrument tuition, sports clubs, arts clubs, and extension opportunities for all aspects of learning.
Our curriculum is broad, balanced, creative, relevant and differentiated. Teachers plan in detail to specific learning objectives providing fun practical activities which develop skills, concepts and knowledge.
Assessment is a continual part of the process, as it informs the teacher of the next stage of development for each child. Targets are set that aim for the best possible progress for each individual child, relative to their starting points. We are an inclusive school and strive for outstanding progress for all pupils.
A variety of teaching styles are used to deliver the curriculum, these include teaching to the whole class, a group or individually. Sometimes, a class splits up and uses other areas of the school to complete work. Group-work may be with mixed ability, mixed age or with children of the same ability. It really all depends on what is best at the time to ensure that the children make as much progress as possible.
Staff are aware that children have different learning styles and plan their activities to ensure that all children learn.
In the Foundation Stage the children work towards the Early Learning Goals, using the EYFS (EarlyYears and Foundation Stage) curriculum. There are six areas of learning: Personal, Social and Emotional Development, Communication, Language and Literacy, Mathematics, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Creative Development and Physical Development.
The basis of the curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 is the National Curriculum.This consists of:
English, Mathematics, Science - the Core subjects
French, Computing, History, Geography, Art, Physical Education, Music, Design Technology - the Foundation subjects
Global Citizenship, Personal Capabilities, Health and Wellbeing, etc form part of PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)
Religious Education is taught from the Rotherham RE Syllabus.
National Curriculum documents from the DFE (Department for Education) and circulars are available HERE.
Please see the other pages on the Learning Section of the website for more information.
The New National Curriculum, broken down into Year-Groups.
Pupils at Listerdale will have covered all of this curriculum, and more, by the time that they leave Y6. The main content of this curriculum will be taught through the themes shown above. Other areas will be covered in discrete units that run alongside the main themes. More detailed planning is available from your class teacher.