Curriculum Information

US Common Core State Standards

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What are the Common Core Standards?

In 2010, more than 40 states adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Educational standards describe what students should know and be able to do in each subject in each grade. In California, the State Board of Education decides on the standards for all students, from kindergarten through high school. The California Department of Education helps schools make sure that all students are meeting the standards.

Since 2010, a number of states across the nation have adopted the same standards for English and math. These standards are called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Having the same standards helps all students get a good education, even if they change schools or move to a different state. Teachers, parents, and education experts designed the CCSS to prepare students for success in college and the workplace.

National Curriculum for England - NCFE

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Aims

The national curriculum of England aims to provide students with an introduction to the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens. The curriculum provides an outline of core knowledge around which teachers can develop exciting and stimulating lessons to promote the development of students’ knowledge, understanding, and skills. Schools are required to follow the statutory national curriculum which sets out in programmes of study subject content for those subjects that should be taught to all students.

Structure

The National Curriculum of England is used by the vast majority of schools in England. It is a very well-established and recognised curriculum, often characterized by the terms ‘broad and balanced’ as, up to the age of fourteen, students study the full breadth of subjects that are needed to help them develop into well-rounded citizens of the future. The curriculum focuses on delivering high academic standards. It is highly structured, from the Early Years to age 14, with progress measures throughout this time, so teachers and parents know exactly how well a student is achieving, and how well s/he is being taught.

After the age of 14, students enter two years of preparation for the (International) General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) examination, taken at age 16. Because students become accustomed to examinations at this stage, they are very well-prepared for study beyond the age of 16.

The curriculum is divided into six ‘Key Stages’ (KS 0 -5) which are structured to build on each other to ensure progression and the highest rigour in standards achieved. Key Stage 0 is also known as the Early Years Foundation Stage, in which children undertake a well-planned programme of learning through play up to the age of 5 and gradually develop their core understanding of reading, writing, mathematics, and the other key skills required for the compulsory stages of education. The curriculum is well regarded because of the careful structure of this stage, which lays the foundations for future education.

Key Stage 1 and 2 cover the rest of primary education to age 11, with regular assessment against international benchmarks, and laying the ground for secondary school and preparation for university and careers in the future.

Key Stage 3 (ages 11-14) builds on this as children make the transition to secondary and encompass the deeper study of the same core and foundation subjects including English, Mathematics, and Science, along with the Humanities/Social Sciences, Art and Technology, Computing, Foreign Languages, Music, Physical Education.

At Key Stage 4, where students take the IGCSE qualifications, the core of English, Mathematics, and Science (taught as three separate science Biology, Chemistry, and Physics) remains, whilst the student is guided in their choice of other disciplines from the above.

At Key Stage 5, the final years of school education, students may choose to follow focused A level programme, which is well accepted by universities. Universities and employers across the world recognize the British education system and hold it in high regard. The ongoing development of the curriculum to encompass skills that employers are seeking, such as leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, global awareness, digital literacy, breadth of thinking and creativity give the National curriculum of England high standing.

Subjects

                    Stages

Key Stage 1

Age 5 – 7 Y/O

Years 1 – 2

Key Stage 2

Age 7 – 11 Y/O

Years 3 – 6

Key Stage 3

Age 11 – 14 Y/O

Years 7 – 9

Key Stage 4

Age 14 – 16 Y/O

Years 10 – 11

Core Subjects

English

X

X

X

X

Mathematics

X

X

X

X

Science

X

X

X

X

Foundation Stage

Art and Design

X

X

X

 

Computing

X

X

X

X

Design and Tech.

X

X

X

 

Languages

X

X

X

 

Geography

X

X

X

 

History

X

X

X

 

Music

X

X

X

 

Physical Ed.

X

X

X

 

 

 

Early Years Foundation Stage

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The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum is specifically developed for early childhood education for children between the ages of birth to 4+ years of age. It sets the standards for providers to ensure children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe. It promotes teaching and learning to ensure children’s ‘school readiness’ and gives children the broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the right foundation for good future progress through school and life

The EYFS Nursery Schools seeks to provide:

  • Quality and consistency in all early year’s settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind
  • A secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are assessed and reviewed regularly
  • Partnership working between practitioners and with parents
  • Quality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

The learning and development requirements of the EYFS Nursery Schools covers:

  • The areas of learning and development which must shape activities and experiences (educational programmes) for children in all early year’s settings.
  • The early learning goals providers must help children work towards (the knowledge, skills and understanding children should have at the end of the academic year
  • Assessment arrangements for measuring progress and for reporting to parents.

Four guiding principles shape practice in early years settings. These are:

  • Every child is a unique child, who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children of determination.

The 7 areas of child development assured in the EYFS Curriculum are:

The prime areas of learning:

  • A Communication and language & literacy - CLL
  • Physical development – PD
  • Personal, social and emotional development – PSED

The specific areas of learning:

  • Literacy – English
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

   

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