Curriculum Development

During 2013-14, Primary Excellence worked on a Curriculum Development project linked to the introduction of the New Primary Curriculum: the Primary National Curriculum Support Initiative 2014.  

Introduction

Primary Excellence, working alongside the National College for Teaching and Learning, developed a set of plans to support the New Primary Curriculum.  Specialist Leaders of Education led curriculum hubs and developed a curriculum focussed on key skills

The curriculum builds upon Primary Excellence’s work in defining what outstanding practice looks like at different stages of the primary curriculum.  In particular, there is a focus on using and applying the skills that have been taught across this broad and balanced curriculum, whilst ensuring that there is clear impact on core areas of reading, writing and mathematics.

The Curriculum focuses on key skills in the areas of:

  • Literacy: Speaking and Listening: Justifying and Evaluating Choices
  • Mathematics: Reasoning
  • Science: Observation
  • IT: Programming

Each Subject Hub developed a programme which maps the progression of the key skill from Year One to Year Six, and aspirationally into Year Seven.  This was developed to include ideas and planning from the subject area in which it originates as well as ways in which it can be applied to the broader curriculum. 

Reflection

Initially working as a small team, Specialist Leaders of Education from the Teaching School discussed and developed a research question:

What impacts on children’s learning?

What is the role of the Progressive Skills Based Curriculum in this?

Following on from this, each Hub Leader completed a reflection exercise using Stephen Brookfield’s ‘Four Lenses’(1995).  This required each Leader to reflect on the current practise in their school using ‘four lenses’: their own viewpoint, the viewpoint of their colleagues, the children’s voice and reference to literature.  At the end of the project, each leader has again reflected in the same way focussing on the impact which has been made; particularly in reading, writing and maths.

Thanks to:

  • Dr Julie Anderson; Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer) in Postgraduate Professional Development, Plymouth Institute of Education (Faculty of Arts & Humanities)
  • Chris Vincent; IT Consultant

Contents

Literacy

  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses: Katie Coombe
  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses: Nicola Jones
  •   Literacy Year 1-Year 7 Planning
  •   Examples of Children’s Work
  •   Photographs
  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses End of Project Reflection
  •   Hub Evaluation

Mathematics

  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses: Helena Palmer
  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses: Claire Redwood
  •   Mathematics Year 1-Year 7 Planning
  •   Examples of Children’s Work
  •   Photographs
  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses End of Project Reflection
  •   Hub Evaluation
     

Science

  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses: Justine Dixon
  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses: Catherine Townsend
  •   Science Year 1-Year 7 Planning
  •   Examples of Children’s Work
  •   Photographs
  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses End of Project Reflection
  •   Hub Evaluation

Information Technology

  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses: Therese McKinnon
  •   IT Year 1-Year 7 Planning
  •   Examples of Children’s Work
  •   Photographs
  •   Stephen Brookfield’s Four Lenses End of Project Reflection
  •   Hub Evaluation
     


 

 

 

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