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"Children are entitled to be provided with an appropriate curriculum"

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"Children are entitled to be provided with an appropriate curriculum" Children's learning is divided into two curriculums: the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum. Children aged 3-5 years are to be taught the Foundation Stage and children from 6-11 years are to be taught the National Curriculum. Children from age 3-11 years are entitled to be taught an appropriate curriculum regardless of gender, social class, disability, culture and ethnicity. Both the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum are going to be explained briefly but, the Foundation Stage has been chosen to be focused on in more detail. The National Curriculum is a set guide from which teachers can refer back to. It was developed by the Conservative Government in 1989 following the Education Reform Act 1988 to assist teachers in the classrooms, then revised in 1995 by Dearing and further revised in 2000 by New Labour. It is divided up into three core subjects: Mathematics, English and Science, seven non-core subjects: History, Geography, Music, Art, P.E, D.T, I.T, there are other requirements such as R.E, Sex education and non statutory guidance like P.S.H.E and citizenship, and foreign language (KS2). ...read more.

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2) Communication, language and literacy - this includes communication, speaking and listening in different situations. The ability to communicate gives children the capacity to participate more fully within their society. They do so with adults who understand what they say through developing closely linked relationships with them in an affectionate atmosphere. 3) Mathematical development - this development in children arises out of daily experiences in a rich and interesting environment. It should be developed through stories, songs, games and imaginative play, so that children enjoy using and experimenting with numbers larger than 10. 4) Knowledge and understanding of the world - in this, children are developing the crucial knowledge, skills and understanding that help them make sense of the world. This forms the foundation for later work in science, design and technology, history, geography, and information and communication technology (ICT). 5) Physical development - this benefits children in 2 ways, it helps them to gain confidence in what they can do and enables them to feel healthy and active. 6) Creative development - Being creative helps children to express feelings and emotions in different forms such as art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play. ...read more.

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It tells the practitioners what stage the child is at and whether they have met all the early learning goals. The practitioner makes records for each child and will then inform the parents of their child's progress. In nursery the assessment is ongoing. Practitioners observe children, notice what they say and what they do and make a record of what they see. They use the document's column 'examples of what children do' to help them assess. In reception the assessment is baseline. This happens in the first term of reception. At the end children will be assessed to see if they have achieved the early learning goals. In conclusion as both the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum show children can study a wide variety of subjects, so there is something for every child. They will find some subjects easier to grasp than others, but usually there is something for everyone. As long as the right teaching methods are put into practice at the right times, children should get a lot out of learning not just for educational reasons but developmental as well. Finally, children from age 3-11 years are entitled to an appropriate curriculum regardless of gender, social class, disability, culture and ethnicity; we should not forget this when working in an early years child setting. Louise Degregorio 1 ...read more.

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