National Curriculum and More

We teach to the National Curriculum, using a creative curriculum across all subjects. This creative curriculum allows the core and foundation subjects to link under common themes. These themes enable the children to connect their thoughts and learning experiences across the whole of their learning.
 
There are objectives or goals setting out what children should know and be able to do at each stage in their schooling. These objectives are called Attainment Targets. For each subject there are descriptions of what the children should be taught to help him/her to achieve the Attainment Targets.
 
At Great Whelnetham School we pride ourselves on helping each child to make the progress that they are individually capable of making.
 
Tests and Assessment
 
Within the National Curriculum there are three points of assessment that offer a national benchmark for children. They are:
  • Year 1 phonics screening check
    The check will take place in June when your child will read 40 words out loud to a teacher. You’ll find out how your child did, and their teacher will assess whether he or she needs extra help with reading. If your child doesn’t do well enough in the check they’ll have to do it again in Year 2.
  • Key stage 1 tests (called SATs):
    These tests are for children in Year 2 and take place in May. They cover:
    • English reading
    • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
    • Maths
  • Key Stage 2 (called SATs)
    Your child will take national tests in May when they reach the end of key stage 2 (year 6). These test your child’s skills in:
    • English reading
    • English grammar, punctuation and spelling
    • Maths