Communicating the Curriculum
"Communicating the Curriculum provides much needed
clarification and support in helping staff to understand this
extensive and crucial area of a child's development..."
In the primary National Curriculum for England (2014), the levels
system has been removed and the Spoken Language Programme of Study
is broad - covering all ages from years 1 - 6 in primary schools.
Schools are required to develop their own progression points for
children across year groups, based on the 12 statements which make
up the Programme of Study. We know that for some schools, measuring
progress in spoken language can be challenging, and
Communicating the Curriculum is here to help.
Communicating the Curriculum is a practical resource
which will help primary schools to define and monitor children's
progress in spoken language. It not only helps to show schools how
the programme of study statements can be broken down in relation to
the typical stages of language development, but also how they
can use this to identify a pupil's progression. This will of course
help schools to spot pupils who might be struggling with their
spoken language and signposts to next steps and support.
Using Communicating the Curriculum
For each statement in the Spoken Language Programme of Study,
this resource provides descriptors for what to expect at the end of
each year in primary school. This includes information about the
aspects of language which contribute to the statement. For each
year group, a pupil statement is also provided which begins with 'I
can ...', 'I try' or 'I know ...'.
This information is provided in two formats in the resource. The
first sets out progress against each Programme of Study statement
for all year groups from 1 - 6 separately (begins on page 12). The
second provides an overview of all 12 Programme of Study statements
for each year group (begins on page 27).
Both formats are available separately as posters for easy
reading and display.
Communicating the Curriculum also provides guidelines
to support the recording of pupil performance: below what is
expected, at the expected level, above what is expected and a
mastery level. These reflect the frequency, confidence, consistency
and context in which children demonstrate the skills and are based
on what is known about how children typically develop language. We
know schools will rightly be deciding their own descriptors for
progress and attainment those we've used are guidelines only.
Schools should use their own system and Communicating the
Curriculum will support them with this.
We have also produced template summary tables which provide a
space for teachers to record and track progress both for individual
pupils and whole classes across the Spoken Language Programme of
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