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My school experience at present is being undertaken in a junior school that is pleasantly situated within a quiet neighbourhood in Birmingham. Tall trees and grassy areas giving it a peaceful village atmosphere, which is reflected, in the school as a whole surround the school. The school building itself provides an excellent working environment for not only the children but also the members of staff. Within key stage two, there are approximately 240 pupils who are grouped according to age, with a two-form entry intake.
My placement has brought to my attention issues that should be taken into account with regards to primary teaching. These issues concern the nature of the National Curriculum, and the way the school has implemented it into the classrooms. ” The National Curriculum must be taught to pupils in all maintained schools or local authority schools as well as in grant maintained schools. ” ( Moon, 1996, p. 3) The curriculum in schools is the planned course of study through which children learn hence the reason why teachers must pay particular attention to it.
” To create an effective learning environment, the teacher must be skillful and know about and understand the National Curriculum. ” ( Proctor, 1995, p71) Each subject within the national curriculum is described using the terms Porogrammes of Study and Attainment Targets. The programmes of study establish what pupils should be taught with respect to a particular subject. The PoS are designed so that children are expected to meet the objectives that are referred to in the AT’s. The AT’s (which are described in a series of levels) are therefore the prescribed targets a child should achieve for each area of the curriculum.