Hurrah! You are about to take your first steps as a trainee teacher.
You are probably feeling a mixture of emotions right now. I remember being terrified of the children. To be honest though, some still terrify me now.
Anyway, as you look forward to beginning your training, you are probably thinking you might like to use your summer to do some reading. Whilst this is important – do have a summer and enjoy yourself! The PGCE year is difficult and challenging. Begin it rested.
The National Curriculum
In the meantime, if you would like to have a look at a few things, you could start by having a look at the National Curriculum 2014. Some people still refer to it as the ‘new’ National Curriculum. It’s not new anymore, but some teachers have seen a few curriculum’s pass by and so this one is still relatively new by those standards. For those of you with no experience of schools and education, the curriculum is what schools use to teach. The basic document is used by teachers where upon they plan activities and lessons that will enable children to meet the different objectives listed. We will talk about planning another time.
You can find the curriculum online here:
You may wish to print it out, but it is quite a large document and not the most stimulating read. However, it is worth having a flick through.
Michael Tidd, who is a head teacher, created these marvellous jigsaw pieces which give an overview of the curriculum for each year group:
These are far more printable and also easier to read. I recommend printing them, although when you are planning – you must use the actual curriculum to ensure that you are getting the objectives right as they are presented in more depth on there, and it’s all about accuracy.
End of KS1 and KS2 Teacher assessment frameworks
Unfortunately, these two miserable documents have become the bible for many Year 2 and Year 6 teachers. They have undergone some changes this year to be a little less strict than in previous years. The basic principle of them is that by the end of each key stage, in order to meet the ‘expected standard’ children must exemplify everything on these lists. If they don’t, they are termed ‘working towards the expected standard.’
They have also been mis-interpreted by some, who have taught solely these objectives all year and haven’t given children experience of the wider curriculum. The government and OFSTED are finally waking up to this and part of their most recent agenda is ‘a broad and balanced curriculum’. Basically meaning teach more subjects than just English and Maths. This is great news, everyone knows the best parts of primary school are getting painty in art, building cool stuff in D&T, going on the climbing wall in PE and picking your nose and eating it.
Anyway, do have a look at them. If you are placed in one of these two year groups – you will need them.