Communication 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..."

SENCO, Northumberland

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 ....

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