Key Stage One and Key Stage Two Timetabling
This year we have launched the first areas of our new and improved curriculum: Curriculum K. To ensure the most effective launch of Curriculum K, our new curriculum areas – Health, Academics, Communication, and Cultural Capital – are being rolled out during the next eighteen months. Our weekly class timetables have been adapted to support the teaching and learning of these lessons and ensure we make the best use of our time with the children. Some of the key changes are highlighted below.
When deciding on a curriculum, we have to make difficult decisions about where we focus the limited time we have with the children. Based on all of our research, your feedback, that of your children, and the wide-range of stakeholders we have spoken to: from business to academics, other schools, and our own staff at the school and our partner schools – we have identified the four key areas of our curriculum. All of the research shows that improving children’s health will lead to more effective learning. Therefore, we have decided to teach one less maths lesson per week in Y1-5 so that we can use the time to ensure children are healthy and learning effectively and efficiently when they are in the classroom. We have also decided that only KS2 children will take part in weekly Mandarin lessons. Almost all of our children are already bilingual and we believe that learning an additional language, particularly in KS1 and EYFS when so many are still learning English, is the most effective use of time.
The health of our children is crucial and our Health Curriculum aims to educate our children how to lead healthy lives. Our PE lessons have now been renamed ‘Physical Health’ and each child has a weekly one hour Skills 4 Life session to development their movement, flexibility, balance, spatial awareness and swimming. They also have two thirty minute fitness sessions to help them increase their weekly physical activity.
To further increase the amount of weekly physical activity our children take part in during the school day, we have introduced Workout Wednesdays as one of our morning activities for staff, children and their parents to get active together; and we also now teach one maths lesson (Active Maths) outside of the classroom.
Current research and our own trials found that our children focus and concentrate for longer when they have opportunities for regular physical activity. To reduce the amount of time our children sit during the morning without a break, we now have playtimes before assemblies to split the morning more evenly.
The areas we have not yet launched are still taught as they were previously and each class has daily reading and English sessions; weekly Science, Computing, library visits, PSHCE, RE, Art, DT, Music, Geography and History lessons; and all children take part in weekly spelling, handwriting and times tables activities. In some year groups, we block teaching so they may study History for one half-term and then focus on Computing for the next. Over the course of the year, this will ensure they receive the breadth of curriculum they require for the next stages of their learning. This will be adapted as we roll out the remainder of our curriculum.