The school has previously taught the National Curriculum in discrete subjects, using the QCA scheme of work units for most of the subject areas.
English and Maths have been taught in line with National Strategies.
New National Curriculum September 2014
The guidance issued by the DfE with the updated National Curriculum, due to come into force in September 2014 has emphasized the opportunities for schools to develop their own approaches to the school curriculum, and how it is organised and taught.
A thematic approach
There is evidence that teaching subject knowledge and skills as part of a wider topic based curriculum allows pupils to make useful links between areas of learning, and consolidate skills. Children are also likely to be more engaged in their learning if it has a context and theme that runs through it.
Osmani Primary School has therefore developed a new thematic curriculum to deliver the National Curriculum 2014 and other aspects of the school curriculum, including PHSE, Religious Education and Citizenship.
As core subjects English and Maths will continue to be taught discretely.
Where possible links will be made with literacy genres, fiction and non-fiction books, guided reading books, and poetry as this has been shown to develop the thematic approach, and deepen learning and engagement.
The school follows the Read, Write Inc Phonics programme for teaching basic decoding skills.
There is less opportunity for linking Maths to topics, but where possible, areas of maths like data handling and measures will be linked where appropriate for pupils and to support Maths learning intentions.
Science will be fully embedded in the topics. Some topics each year have a science focus and others will have less of a scientific emphasis. Science will still be taught regularly in these topics however.
More time will be allocated over a half term to teaching science as it is still a core subject.
There is a separate Science Handbook with details of the programmes of study.
Foundation Subjects: History, Geography, Design Technology, Art
The Foundation subjects will be integrated into the topic, and will form the basis of much of the cross-curricular links.
Music is taught generally by specialists (Drumming, Choir etc) and will not always be linked to the topic.
Other aspects of the music curriculum (Listening to different types of music, using ICT to create music etc) might be a part of topic work.
PE is taught discreetly, following the separate PE scheme of work. Please see separate policy for more details.
RE is a statutory part of the curriculum. The school will follow the Tower Hamlets Agreed Syllabus for RE. Where possible topics from this syllabus have been matched to thematic topics across a year.
PHSE, Citizenship and Enterprise
While not statutory, PHSE and Citizenship are important aspects of our curriculum and will be taught either discreetly or within a topic depending on the needs of the pupils in each phase and key stage.
Please see the separate PHSE and Citizenship Curriculum Policies for more details.
ICT and Computing
Computing is a new curriculum area, and covers the computer science aspects of the old ICT curriculum. This will be generally taught as a separate subject area, closely linked to the topic where possible.
Other elements of the wider ICT curriculum will be taught alongside other curriculum areas, as a part of topic work. This will include Digital Publication and Presentation, Digital Research, Data Handling and the use of Digital Media.