New Curriculum Update – Six tips!

This post follows on from this which charted the beginning if our new curriculum journey.

Since then we have spent several staff meetings reviewing and working on our curriculum map. Here I thought I’d share six points that have worked!

Remember – keep what makes your curriculum special! What are your drivers?

  • Create a working party!

It will be far easier to get all involved!

  • Link the literacy curriculum to books (and damn the genre recommendations!)

The literacy curriculum can look a little ‘bare’ – and there is plenty of grammar and punctuation to get in there. Spend some time assigning books to year groups and topics – something that will give a focus for the staff.

  • Give staff time to be creative!

Giving staff an overview of expectations for the new curriculun means that you can then sit down and decide how the map will look – e.g. An extended study in history could be a look at War or the Ancient Civilisation you study in depth could have some connections to an already established partnership country. Give them this and then let them discuss creative topics!

  • Share resources – little and often

There are lots of resources and ideas out there – share these:

The Historical Association are currently building unit plans and resources
The BBC are conntinuing to create and share great resources for history
The Geographical Association – lots of ideas and resources (membership)
Human Evolution (BBC)
Information from Geogspace about Geographical Enquiry
Computing and coding
  • Make expectations explicit for core subjects!
Many of the changes will require some thinking about the aims for the end of the year – maths / english especially. Share these and start the conversation over how we can fit all this in. For example will you have a ‘World Week’ with quizzes and competitions to share (and assess) geographical knowledge? Do staff know enough about the history they will be teaching? What challenges might there be with the new expectations for maths?
  • Start the conversation about assessment….

There is an excellent post here by Heather Leatt which sets out what we know. Talk to cluster schools and begin to think about the language the school will use for assessment. We can’t use NC levels, so what should we do? We’re working on end of year descriptions for foundation subjects, and looking into how we can pass that information up so it’s not lost in transition!



Other information and links you may find useful:
Headteacher Update Article
Michael Tidd is single handedly introducing the new curriculum here...


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