It's nearly the end of the school year. Children and teachers racing round like crazy getting ready for end of year shows, school fayres and festivals. But are they still learning while they're at it?
The national curriculum is the thread that runs through school age education, set by the government to ensure all schools run by local authorities meet certain requirements for what each child will learn.
Children aged 5 to 7 follow the first section of the national curriculum known as Key Stage One.
Here's how a teacher in Lancashire mixes the end of year fun with the Key Stage One national curriculum...
Started the day in assembly for years one and two (ages 5 and 6) from 9 till 9.30 then back to the classroom.
We are having an assessment week, so most of this morning up until break at 10.30 was spent updating each child's assessment files with them individually. This file shows the progress they're making throughout the year.
After a break followed a 30-minute phonics session where children are split into different ability groups and work separately. Phonics is a system to help children improve reading by understanding the sound of individual letters.
After phonics we had snacks and wrote some parent invitations to our class assembly on Thursday, then made Union Jack flags.
Lunch time is at 12.10 then children go out to play until 1.15.
After lunch all the children rehearsed for their big school assembly, Britain's got Talent.
This isn't a normal day. Most schools work on end of year shows or full school assemblies just before summer holidays. Usually we have Literacy or Numeracy hours in the morning with phonics and either topic art PE or creative subjects in the afternoon.
In between all that we usually manage to squeeze in some reading spelling and writing practice.
Always a busy day!
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