Holystone Primary Curriculum Statement
At Holystone Primary School we offer a curriculum which is broad and balanced and which builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills of all children, whatever their starting points, as they progress through each Key Stage. The curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum (2014) and other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. The aim of our curriculum is for pupils to have the requisite skills to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for their next stage of education.
This curriculum is being reviewed and revisited across 2018-19. We have revised programmes of study based upon a review of our school aims and objectives which we hope has helped us understand what we need to provide to help ensure or pupils are high school ready.
Our ‘Termly Plans’ show each year group’s overview of topics and curriculum learning through our Curriculum Jigsaws.
We have reviewed the coverage of all subject areas to ensure they match the requirements of the National Curriculum and have produced coverage maps which outline the programmes of study for each year group. We have also reviewed the skills and knowledge taught to ensure this is progressive across all subject areas. We will be updating the links to this page with further information very soon.
Assessment without levels
As part of reforms to the National Curriculum, the old system of ‘levels’ used to report
children’s attainment and progress was removed from year groups and there is no longer a National system.
The programmes of study within the National Curriculum (NC) sets out expectations at the end of each key stage, and all maintained schools are free to develop a curriculum relevant to their pupils that teaches this content.
At Holystone Primary the curriculum includes an assessment system which enables schools to check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and to report regularly to parents.
Internally, we adapt a tool called Target Tracker to our needs. For English and Maths, at three points in the year we review progress of pupils and report to parents as to how well a child is doing in comparison to an “Expected Standard”. Progress in all other subject areas is reviewed on an ongoing basis and is reported annually, again based around an “Expected Standard” for each year group.
Assessment at End of Key Stages
In the summer of 2016, new and more challenging SATs tests were introduced to reflect the new raised expectations of the National Curriculum at the end of the Key Stages 1 & 2. Children now receive a scaled score instead of a level. Their raw score - the actual number of marks they accrue - is translated into a scaled score; this helps to allow for differences in the difficulty of the tests from year to year so that pupils' results can be compared accurately. Parents are told their child's raw score, scaled score and whether they have reached the national standard for a particular subject. A progress measure for Key Stage 2 pupils is also reported. Overall school performance is measured against all other schools nationally.