How are you going to plan for the new national curriculum for English? Are you looking at teaching objectives in isolation? Will you be embedding the English objectives in your cross- curricular themes or are you going to continue with English units of work?
At our recent English Subject Leader training we found that most schools are planning to use a combination of the above. English units will stay; objectives will be embedded through cross-curricular teaching; and some aspects of the curriculum, such as grammar, will receive daily discrete teaching.
Knowing how busy our subject leaders will be towards the end of this term and the beginning of next term we gave them a planning presentation to use with colleagues back in school. We designed it with one of our favourite phrases in mind “the same…but different”. What we’ve done is to take the existing Primary Framework units and adjust them to meet the requirements of the new curriculum. We’ve focussed on outcomes that demonstrate the acquisition of the national curriculum objectives rather than the features of genre, as this is where the emphasis lies in the new curriculum.
We like this approach. It provides context to learning; it gives teachers the familiarity of units they already know; and it meets the statutory requirements of the new national curriculum.
One of the challenges facing teachers in this first year of the new national curriculum is ensuring that they cover all of the objectives. To help teachers with this we’ve devised a set of coverage grids so that every new curriculum objective can be planned for across the units of work in each year group. It’s a tick chart really but a highly visual and useful one.
Our coverage grids ensure that teachers can see which objectives they’ve yet to cover and also which objectives have been revisited over the year. Our coverage grids also make it easier to spot which objectives work together in a cohesive and logical manner; meaning better quality units of work.
There’s just one more thing about our coverage grids: they’re a great tool for school leaders who will be accountable for the provision of the new national curriculum. Our grids are an efficient way of monitoring coverage and so ensuring that all children receive their entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum.
Our coverage grids are available to purchase on CD by mail order. At just £20 including VAT and postage and packaging they are proving a very popular resource. In addition to the coverage grids the CD includes an overview of possible units of work and a set of individual pupil assessment grids. All the grids come in Microsoft word format so are fully amendable.
To order a set of our coverage and assessment grids just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will arrange payment and delivery with you.
Click here to see a sample from our Year 3 coverage grids Year 3 Vocabulary, grammar and punctuation_objective coverage
Rachel Clarke – Director, Primary English Education Consultancy Limited.