Curriculum @ Shocklach

All children have access to the full range of National Curriculum subjects which are taught in a creative and interesting manner. Our relevant and exciting curriculum builds upon the children's prior knowledge and skills and offers a broad range of learning opportunities and experiences. 

These are designed to support the acquisition of key skills, knowledge and values. Running alongside the standard curriculum are other curriculum initiatives which provide additional enrichment opportunities to support the development of new talents and interests.

We cater for special needs and gifted children and ensure all children receive the best opportunities to achieve their full potential.

Policies and Information for Parents and Carers

The school has curriculum policies for:
  • All curriculum subjects
  • Teaching and Learning
  • Assessment Recording and Reporting
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
 These are available on request and some can be downloaded from our website.   However, policies are developed for teachers and staff in school to use to ensure consistency of practise and accountability to our Governing Body.  While they may be interesting, school policies are not designed to be used exclusively by parents and carers.

A link to the new national curriculum, which all maintained schools have to follow from September 2014 can be found here.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Children in Reception learn through the curriculum for the EYFS.  The seven areas of learning and their key content is set down by the Department for Education. The manner in which it is taught and delivered is up to schools to determine.

Each child’s learning is recorded in their Learning Journey.  At Shocklach this is a large A3 book.  As their child’s first teacher the contribution of parents and carers to a child’s Learning Journey is invaluable.  Young children often show skills and attributes at home that they don’t yet demonstrate in a school setting. Your child’s teacher will let you know how to contribute to the record of your child’s achievements at home.

Self- initiated learning is where a child chooses an activity.  This forms the majority of evidence used for assessment. Teachers also teach or guide directly. This supports assessment and, importantly, will enhance what children are choosing to do themselves.

An indoor and outdoor classroom means children can learn and explore in a place they feel comfortable with activities they prefer.

The EYFS curriculum has seven areas of learning, 3 prime and 4 specific.  Within each area are different strands (in brackets) leading to 17 Early Learning Goals.

At the end of the year assessments are gathered and used to form a summative assessment against the Early Learning Goals for each aspect in the 7 areas (17 early Learning Goals)

Parents will be informed whether a child is emerging (not yet achieving the ELG), expected (has achieved the ELG), or exceeding (above the ELG). When a child is assessed at exceeding they are working on the National Curriculum in that area. Children emerging continue to learn through the EYFS until they are ready to move on to the national Curriculum in Year 1.