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Communicating 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 ...'.

This information is provided in two formats in the resource. The first sets out progress against each Programme of Study statement for all year groups from 1 - 6 separately (begins on page 12). The second provides an overview of all 12 Programme of Study statements for each year group (begins on page 27).

Both formats are available separately as posters for easy reading and display.

Communicating the Curriculum also provides guidelines to support the recording of pupil performance: below what is expected, at the expected level, above what is expected and a mastery level. These reflect the frequency, confidence, consistency and context in which children demonstrate the skills and are based on what is known about how children typically develop language. We know schools will rightly be deciding their own descriptors for progress and attainment those we've used are guidelines only. Schools should use their own system and Communicating the Curriculum will support them with this.

We have also produced template summary tables which provide a space for teachers to record and track progress both for individual pupils and whole classes across the Spoken Language Programme of Study.

Please click here to access the Communicating the Curriculum resources.