The School Curriculum
The National Curriculum in England
The national curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
The national curriculum is just one element in the education of every child. There is time and space in the school day and in each week, term and year to range beyond the national curriculum specifications. At Epping Upland, this involves ‘Free Fridays’ where each class explores current and relevant topics, and theme weeks which provide learning opportunities through enrichment activities. The national curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of pupils’ knowledge, understanding and skills as part of the wider school curriculum.
The national curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by all primary schools so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject.
The national curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS). At the end of each key stage, your child’s teacher will formally assess their performance to measure your child’s progress.
The School Day
Children are welcome into school from 8.30am
Key Stage 1 Break time 10.15-10.30 am
Key Stage 2 Break time 10.35-10.55 am
Lunch Break 12.00-12.55
Key Stage 1 End of school day 3.05 pm
Key Stage 2 End of school day 3.10pm
Early years foundation stage
The early years foundation stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS.
Early years foundation stage profile
At the end of the academic year when a child turns 5, the practitioner records each child’s development by watching the child playing and in the classroom. The completed assessment is known as the ‘early years foundation stage profile’. This is used to help the year 1 teacher plan lessons for the children.
There are assessments when a child is at the end of the academic year when they turn 5. These are not tests for the child – the assessments are based on EYFS practitioners’ observations.
Information from these assessments is used for parents, practitioners and teachers to support children’s learning and development. Early years learning concentrates on 7 areas split between prime and specific areas of learning.
The prime areas of learning are:
• Communication and language
• Physical development
• Personal, social and emotional development
The specific areas of learning are:
• Understanding the world
• Expressive arts and design
Teaching is often done through play, where the child learns about subjects and other people through games.
Key stages 1 and 2
Compulsory national curriculum subjects at primary school are:
• Design and Technology
• Art and Design
• Physical Education (PE), Including swimming
• Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
At Epping Upland we also teach:
• Personal, social and health education (PSHE)
• French at KS2
Tests and assessments - Year 1 phonics screening check
This check comprises alien and real words and is a test of each child’s phonic knowledge. It will take place in June when your child will be asked to read 40 words out loud to their teacher.
You will be notified as to how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with phonics and/or their reading.
If your child does not pass the check, they are required to have to take it again in Year 2.
Key stage 1 tasks and tests cover
• Speaking and listening
The tasks and tests can be taken when the school chooses, but at Epping Upland we administer them in May. Your child’s teacher will use the child’s work to work out what level your child is at in each area.
At Epping Upland, we notify parents of the results of these tests and of Teacher assessment, as part of your child’s annual report.
Key stage 2 tests cover
• English reading
• English grammar, punctuation and spelling
• Maths (including mental arithmetic)
• Progress in writing is also evaluated through Teacher Assessment
The tests are taken in mid-May and last under 5.5 hours in total. These papers are externally marked (apart from writing which is currently Teacher Assessed).
Results are sent through to schools in July and you and your child will be notified of how your child has performed soon after this. As part of our school reporting procedures, all children receive an individualised annual report in July of each year, notifying parents of how their child is progressing in school.
PE and Sport
At Epping Upland, this is currently taught using the Rawmarsh Community School Schemes of Work for PE. Staff also use these schemes in conjunction with Top Sports Cards, the Essex PE Scheme of Work for Foundation and Lower Key Stage 1 and the QCA PE Guidelines. Outside coaching agencies are also incorporated to enhance the teaching and provision of PE and which include golf, tennis, rugby and gymnastics.
Extra curriculum PE consists of many sports including netball, football, handball and running. These are delivered through after school clubs and are on offer to most of the children throughout the school. These then lead to a range of competitions throughout the year where children compete against schools throughout West Essex.
At Epping Upland, we have a competitive Sports Day for KS1 and KS2 as well as a celebratory end of year multi skills event where teams are made up of cross phase cohort groups so that the activities are approached in co-operative, supportive and encouraging way – often with all the children experiencing something new, ie indoor curling and handball.
PE taught as part of the curriculum is divided into Foundation Stage, Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.
The main areas of Key Stage 1
• The basic movements of running, jumping, throwing and catching
• Develop balance, agility and co-ordination and apply them to a range of activities
• Participate in team games, developing tactics for attacking and defending
• Perform dances using simple movement patterns
• Throughout key stage two these areas are further developed and the main areas are to use running, jumping, throwing, catching in isolation and in different contexts
• To play competitive games and apply the basic principles of attacking and defending
• To develop flexibility, strength, technique control and balance through athletics and gymnastics
• To perform a range of movement patterns in dance
• To take participate in outdoor and adventurous activity
• To compare their performances with previous ones to show improvement.
Educational needs coordinator:
Epping Upland C. of E. Primary School,
Carters Lane, Epping Green, CM16 6QJ
Should you need to speak to a member of staff please contact Mrs Manning or Mrs Farrell on the following number 01992 572087.
Should you require a paper copy of any policy document these are available free of charge on request