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Hexham First School


 For details about our curriculum please contact Mrs N Harrison (Deputy Head) 

Through a varied and exciting curriculum we endeavour to offer the best and widest education possible to our pupils. Hexham First School offers a child-based creative curriculum which covers subjects as outlined below with Religious Education taught alongside.

From September 2014, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 4 will teach programmes of study set out in the National Curriculum (2014) for Mathematics, English, Science and Foundation subjects: (Art & Design, Design Technology, Computing (formerly known as Information Technology), Music, History, Geography and Physical Education.

Year 2 will remain on the current National Curriculum for Mathematics, English and Science but will teach the new National Curriculum for Foundation subjects.

A child’s school career is divided into Key Stages. First Schools cover Foundation Stage in Nursery and Reception (3-5), Key Stage 1 in Years 1 and 2 and the first half of Key Stage 2 in Years 3 and 4 (7-9)

To get a picture of what your child will cover from Year 1 to Year 4 in the New National Curriculum please click the Curriculum Overview link and download the attachment.  That document also gives an overview of your child’s potential learning and development in Year 5 and 6 (9-11).

It is important that we assess where the children are at in their learning throughout the New National Curriculum.  We are regularly and thoroughly assessing each pupils level of attainment and rate of progress using a mentoring system in Year 1 to Year 4.  We have devised a system to track the learning of key skills in reading, writing and maths which informs staff and parents how each child is performing.  This year information will be shared to make it clear which stage of learning your child is working within (Stage 1 – Year 1, Stage 2 – Year 2, Stage 3 – Year 3 and Stage 4 – Year 4) and whether they are emerging, developing, securing or mastering (reading for the next stage).  For example, a Year 3 child could be Stage 3 secure in reading which is National expectations and Stage 2 developing in writing which is below National expectations.  We can also convert these new stages and compare them to how it would have been in the previous curriculum (Level 2A, 2B, 2C and so on).

As a school we have a method for assessing our pupils relating to the New Curriculum.  In other schools their assessment systems may look different.  We follow a clear assessment policy created and regulated in our partnership of schools which is avalable using the link ‘Partnership Assessment Policy’.

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