At George Eliot Primary School we follow the statutory requirements set out by the National Curriculum 2014.
All year groups are taught the programmes of study, as set out in the National Curriculum.
The Primary National Curriculum is split into two key stages;
- Key Stage 1 (Years 1 & 2)
- Key Stage 2 (Years 3, 4, 5 & 6)
Subjects within the curriculum are split into core and foundation subjects.
Core subjects are: English, Maths and Science.
Foundation subjects are: History, Geography, Art & Design, Design Technology, Foreign Languages, Computing, Music and Physical Education.
Religious Education is also taught, though programmes of study are decided locally through the Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (SACRE).
Throughout their time at primary school, pupils are taught all aspects of the National Curriculum as a minimum expectation. The school will also enhance the curriculum further to develop and broaden the opportunities available to pupils in our school.
At George Eliot Primary School we enhance and develop our curriculum through the use of visitors, events and trips in order to provide our pupils with real life and hands-on experiences.
Click Below to View Our Curriculum Map
This curriculum map may be adapted or changed throughout the year depending on childrens’ interests.
Access to the curriculum is provided for all pupils at George Eliot Primary School. This is done in a variety of ways; through adult support, differentiation of activities, use of equipment and resources. Teachers plan lessons carefully, ensuring new learning is taking place consistently.
Differentiation is key to delivering an effective and inclusive curriculum. All pupils’ starting points are considered and activities and work is matched to ensure pupils reach their full potential, whilst supporting children’s learning; offering opportunities to succeed, as well as providing challenge.
For further information related to pupils who are identified as being gifted or talented, or pupils who have special educational needs, please click on the links to our school policies or SEND page.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) & British Values
Throughout the curriculum at George Eliot Primary teachers promote SMSC aspects of life and promote British Values, such as: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Assemblies play a huge role in developing SMSC learning. Both key stages meet daily for an assembly.
Topics/themes for assemblies include:
- Celebrating learning and achievements both in and out of school.
- Celebrating attendance and punctuality.
- Learning about different cultures, festivals and celebrations.
- Learning about British Values
- Weekly singing assemblies.
- Visitors and outreach activities.
The Recovery Curriculum
A ‘recovery curriculum’ is a construct, a concept, rather than a ready-made package. It is about recognising that we must think and plan carefully for ‘how’ children will return to school following a period of lockdown.
To secure rapid academic catch-up whilst simultaneously building good SEMH through, we will:
· Use diagnostic assessment to ascertain strengths and weaknesses from both prior and new learning. What has been retained, what has been consolidated, what has been deepened or extended? Where are the gaps? Use this information to adapt our subject-based curriculum design/provision for (a) all children through quality first teaching, (b) groups of children who share similar needs, (c) specialist and targeted individual support.
· Make these adaptations in the context of being “trauma-informed.” Acknowledge and explore the impact of lockdown and COVID-19 on the wellbeing of pupils.
· Re-build and strengthen our school community culture, values and relationships through our curriculum and our wider provision.
Teachers at George Eliot will use the teaching sequences in ways that best suit the needs of their class. They are designed to be applied flexibly, with teachers using all that they know about their children’s prior learning, context and experience during lockdown to make informed choices about
(a) what resources to use, and, (b) how to use them.