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The new National Curriculum has been in place since September 2014. At Roche we have been delivering literacy and numeracy lessons in line with the raised expectations of the new National curriculum for the past year so much of the core curriculum content is already in place.NC.jpg The new National curriculum has age related expectations rather than levels. We will be making our target setting and reporting age related in the future to give you a clear picture of your child's level of attainment and progress.

We are using the Inspire curriculum to structure delivery of the new National curriculum. The Inspire curriculum has been written by teachers and other education professionals in Cornwall. It uses the context of Cornwall for much of the learning which we feel is important. It is very cross curricular in structure making as many links between areas of learning as possible. Sometimes this is described as topic work rather than individual subject study. The Curriculum spans Key Stage 1 & 2 and is designed to ensure coverage and progression.

The current unit of each year's curriculum is summerised, right. We are retaining the strong focus on progress in core subjects that has always been a feature of the curriculum that we deliver. Progression in phonics, children's understanding of spelling, punctuation and grammar, maths, reading and writing are our top priorities. Opportunities to progress understanding in these areas are a feature of the curriculum. Our focus on outdoor learning and on sport and being active are also characteristics of our curriculum. We know from our parents and from our children that this is important to them. Our curriculum is supplemented by a wide range of clubs, many of which are sport linked. Over half the children in Key Stages 1 & 2 take part in at least one club each week.

We are formally evaluating our new curriculum throughout this coming year so we would be delighted to hear your views and impressions of the content of the new curriculum and most importantly what your children are enjoying learning.

Yours faithfully,
Jeremy Walden