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 Eliot Bank, 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, every year group works with the Dulwich Picture Gallery and we celebrate events such as World Book Day and National Science week by bringing in authors and experts to enhance our learning.
Contexts 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 Eliot Bank use the links below;
Our Approach to Assessment
In 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, Gordonbrock - 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 on their Achievement Ladder.
Due to a combination of regular 4-yearly checks and random checks our test administration has been audited three times this year. External auditors from the local authority have done detailed checks on our;
- Early Years outcomes, including how we make judgements in the different areas of EYFS and how these are recorded
- KS1 teacher assessment for reading, writing and maths
- KS2 test administration, including our legal duties around storage and security of test and answer papers and the way we present the actual tests to the children
These are detailed audits with experts spending about 4 hours in school on each visit. We are delighted to report that in every case the auditors described our practice as exemplary. All of our judgements about the standards the children had reached were found to be correct. We were also praised for the range of learning experiences we provide and for the enthusiasm and engagement of the children for their learning. Some of our good practice will be shared by the auditors with other schools around the borough.
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.