The structure of the national curriculum, in terms of which subjects are compulsory at each key stage, is set out in the table below:
Figure 1 – Structure of the national curriculum
|Key stage 1||Key stage 2||Key stage 3||Key stage 4|
|Art and design||✓||✓||✓|
|Design and technology||✓||✓||✓|
Note: At key stage 2 the subject title for languages is ‘foreign language’; at key stage 3 it is ‘modern foreign language’.
The Creative Links Curriculum is a skill based Curriculum that encompasses the Foundation Subjects but interlinks the Core Subjects of English and Maths. Pupils are taught a key skill it is modelled, practised and rehearsed- in the second part of the term pupils apply the learnt concept and skills bringing their own ideas, skills and knowledge. The Creative Links Curriculum promotes positive learning behaviours such as the 4Rs Resilience, Reciprocity, Resourcefulness and Reflectiveness promoting aspects of team work, perseverance with learning challenges, encouraging children to review, reflect and adapt their work in light of changes. It also encourages pupils to use resources around them. The 4Rs are embedded in the Creative Links Curriculum. For further information see the Key Learning Model Policy.
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