The Primary Connected Curriculum has provided schools within the NAHT Aspire family a perfect starting point for exciting, engaging and motivating learning that schools can continue to develop innovatively to suit their own context. Designed and supplied by the NAHT Aspire architects, EdisonLearning, the Connected Curriculum provides a strong framework through which the connections between subjects are clearly mapped, whilst providing adaptability and flexibility so that the lives and heritage of learners and their communities can be distinctively embedded. With distinctiveness and relevance designed in from the start, the opportunity exists to create a unique curriculum that fulfils national curriculum requirements and the needs of individual learners. Importantly, the Connected Curriculum recognises the value of schools providing a balance of thematic and discrete teaching with an emphasis on both knowledge and skills.
What Is It?
Essentially the Connected Curriculum is a structured framework of Learning Units along with supporting documentation. Foundation subjects History, Geography, D&T, Art, Music and the Core Subject Science are connected by theme and mapped to The National Curriculum requirements at KS1 and KS2; the Early Years Foundation Stage Learning Units are aligned to the Development Matters and Early Learning Goals/Early Years Outcomes.Opportunities to explore ICT are shown in the Learning Units and the new programming aspect is dealt with via clear links to Rising Stars ‘Switched on Computing’.
Each Learning Unit has one or two focus subjects. The focus subject of a Learning Unit provides the opportunity to ‘get under the skin’ of the skills and deepen understanding of that subject area. For example, with history as a focus subject it gives learners the opportunity to know and understand what it is to be an historian.
What Support Is Available?
- 2014 curriculum roadmap
- Curriculum 2014 coverage documents
- A full range of supporting resources
- Access to expertise and advice
What Does It Contain?
- Overview of all subject activities
- Suggested implementation grids
- Suggested starting points and end products
- Detailed learning activities set out in subjects
- Bank of learning and teaching strategies
What Else Is Included?
Schools access the learning and teaching materials via an online portal which can be accessed anytime and anywhere.
We know that schools can struggle to find the time and capacity to plan and develop a curriculum that links the subjects in a robust and meaningful way so let us help you!
Further information and supporting resources are available on the EdisonLearning website. Alternatively please contact the NAHT Aspire team on 0844 809 9219 if you would like more information or to speak to one of our Education Advisors.