The National Curriculum

In September 2014, Hillcrest Primary School starting teaching using the new national curriculum as the basis for children’s learning. This is more than just a list of ‘things to teach’ in order to tick boxes when assessing children. It is a framework that builds upon our existing approach to children’s learning and achievement.
 
Hillcrest is committed to children acquiring knowledge through the application of skills. The national curriculum supports this and also supports the different way in which we assess children’s level of achievement across all subjects.  
 

Tim Oates, a lead advisor in curriculum and assessment puts it best when he says “The new national curriculum really does focus on fewer things in greater depth,” he says. “It emphasises key concepts, key ideas and is full of skills. It includes wide reading, practical work in science and application of maths.” 

You can find out about the way we teach English, Maths, ICT and Topics on the next few pages. You can also download the breadth of study for this year across the school using the link below.

 

Assessment

We have changed the way in which we assess pupils as a result of national expectations changing. We use ‘Target Tracker’ to assess pupils six times a year. This allows us to track progress and put in place appropriate measures to support and challenge pupils.

You can download the presentation, shared at a Parents' Evening, about how the assessment system works using the link below.

Essentially, there are three steps of development within each year group. For the end of each year, here are the general expectations for children.

If you wish to learn more about assessment or the curriculum please arrange a meeting with the Head Teacher. 

As you can see, it is not expected that children will keep on moving up and up into the next year’s set of learning expectations. Instead, we want them to be totally secure and confident with age appropriate knowledge and skills so they are ready to make further progress next year.

We understand this is a shift from how schools have previously challenged more able pupils but it is important to remember the focus of the new national curriculum is on doing fewer things but in greater depth. We believe that Hillcrest’s approach to the curriculum will enable this to happen.