The New Curriculum
As an Academy we have developed a new and exciting curriculum for all our schools. The Government bought out a new National Curriculum in September 2014 and we used this as an opportunity to develop our current Academy Curriculum, which we have been teaching since September 2015.
We have worked with each of the schools individually so teachers can develop their own programme that fits best with their children, environment, resources and skills, as we feel ‘one size does not fit all’ for the children in The Village Academy.
We have decided to take on the National Curriculum as it stands in English, Maths and Science, as these are tested nationally and we would be doing our children a large disservice if we strayed too far away from these National guidelines. The goalposts in most of these subjects have moved slightly, either up or down, and we have taken this into consideration with our teaching in all schools across these subjects.
The current year 6 and year 2 children will be tested on the old national curriculum, in their end of year SATs tests (May 2015). The current Year 6 and Year 2 onwards are the year groups that are being tested from the new national curriculum at the end of their Key Stages (May 2016).
The rest of the curriculum has been looked at, by your child’s teachers, in some detail. They have looked at the expectations in the National Curriculum and used these to create some exciting new topics across the 1 or 2 year cycles. We have used some of the children’s ideas, and have taken on board some of the parent's thoughts and suggestions. Thank you to all those parents completed questionnaires to help us with this process.
If you would like any additional information about this or any part of the new curriculum, please contact your Head Teacher.