The curriculum at Hampton is every experience your child has in school and is underpinned by our values.
Hampton’s approach to the curriculum is a commitment to providing an education, which enriches and extends what your child learns and fosters a lifelong passion for learning.
Hampton implements the 2014 National Curriculum statutory requirements. Each subject contains essential knowledge, understanding and skills which every child should have, whilst ensuring it is motivating, fun, relevant and creative – with an emphasis on attainment and enjoyment.
The curriculum is delivered through a thematic approach with planned cross curricular links. These provide opportunities to develop and enhance their learning and allow connections with other parts of the curriculum. Learning is more than an acquisition of information or facts. It is defined by critical thinking, active learning, questioning and challenging, exploring ideas and being reflective.
Hampton’s curriculum is characterised by our core values enabling the children to make progress and achieve in all that they do, recognise their potential and talent with no ceiling to their success and make a positive contribution to our diverse and ever changing society.
Alongside the new National Curriculum framework, the government have also decided to remove level descriptors (ie 2B, 3C, 4B etc). The government’s policy of removing level descriptors from the National Curriculum is set out in terms of freeing schools from an imposed measure of pupil progress. The Department for Education has said that levels are not very good in respect of helping parents to understand how far their child is improving. In their place it was proposed “for schools to decide how they assess pupils’ progress”. There is the expectation that all schools will be able to assess children’s learning, progress and attainment and that this information can be compared with assessment outcomes in other schools and can be easily understood by parents and children.
As you can imagine, this is an enormous undertaking for all schools, especially as there has been no guidance or indication from the Government as to what assessment should look like or what it should measure.
Hampton has been in a transition period since the removal of National Curriculum Level descriptors and the implementation of the New Curriculum. The old and new curriculum have different content. Many of the objectives in the old curriculum have shifted to lower year groups in the new, more rigorous curriculum. Therefore, it is not possible to have an exact correlation between a level that was the outcome of the old National Curriculum assessment and the requirements of the new National Curriculum, this means a shift in thinking and in the way we assess our children’s outcomes.
Hampton has welcomed the changes in the National Curriculum and saw this as an exciting opportunity to review our assessment and reporting systems to create a more all-inclusive approach that makes sense to parents. Our assessment tool needs to be robust and track pupils’ progress across the school and not just at the end of a Key Stage.
The principles that underpin our assessment system are:
- Every child can succeed.
- The National Curriculum objectives will be used as the expectations for all children.
- Children will make age appropriate progress.
- Teachers are experts at assessment - assessment will be effectively used to ensure the correct scaffolding is built into lessons to ensure all children achieve.
In order to be ‘secondary ready’ children need to meet the required end of Key Stage 2 expectations; this is broken down into key outcomes for each curriculum year. We have used the National Curriculum objectives to assess outcomes for children at the end of each curriculum year and will be reporting whether your child at the end of the year is emerging, expected or exceeding against age-related expectations in each subject area. You will receive a copy of these expectations at the parent consultation sessions next week.
However, our assessment and reporting system is not just about test and data snapshots at the end of the year, the practice at Hampton is embedded with a wide range of strategies to ensure progress is measured continually and children are tracked constantly through;
- Ongoing assessment by the class teacher throughout each lesson, through questioning, observation and dialogue.
- Children knowing what they are being asked to learn and more importantly, why.
- Success Criteria linked to the learning objectives discussed and agreed with or formulated by the children during each lesson, work is then assessed against the success criteria.
- Three way feedback, pupil, peer, teacher with clearly identified next steps – this can be written or verbal feedback.
- Regular scrutiny of pupils work.
Copies of the curriculum coverage and expectations for every year group in the core subjects can also be found on the links below.
At Hampton we place equal emphasis on children’s well being and happiness and will continue to strive to ensure our children can achieve against the higher standard of attainment whilst flourishing as well rounded happy children!
Come and see for yourself how happy the children are to learn at Hampton, embrace new skills and develop in independence!