Child Development curriculum at Brownhills Ormiston Academy
The department’s vision
• We aim to inspire future child care professionals by helping them to develop knowledge and skills that will help them to prepare for child care professions and provide them with pathways that enable them to do so.
• We develop a cultural capital that promotes learning how to cooperate with others, listen to other’s opinions and emotions, improving selfesteem and giving students a sense of achievement, belonging and an aspiration to achieve.
• We will work together with our students to promote respect and equality at all times.
• We encourage students to become independent learners and develop the skills they require as future professionals – such as research skills,
effective communication (oral and literacy), planning (through a child study) and presentation skills.
• We use a variety of methods – case studies, videos and documentaries – to highlight real life scenarios that allow our students to gain an insight into the roles and responsibilities of professionals working within the child care and development sectors.
• Throughout each year group, students will have the opportunity to share their personal viewpoints as well as developing their oracy, writing and reading skills, through discussion, presentations and coursework assignments.
Sequencing of lessons
Year 9: Year 9 is used to bridge the gap in knowledge and develop skills specific to use in Year 10 and 11, such as research and presentations.
Students start their course focussing on ‘Step into the NHS’ –promoting the career progressions and opportunities that our NHS can offer. During their first year, students will also study various topics from the different examined components of the course. This is to help them to develop the skills needed for them to be successful learners in the future: The role of professionals during antenatal care , planning different play activities for a chosen developmental and the nutritional needs of children, from birth to five years
Key Stage 4: The course is divided in the following way: R018: Health and well-being for child development ; R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
Year 10 : When students enter KS4 they commence their Cambridge National course of study. This year focuses on the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years, along with Health and well-being for child development. In the first topic of study (RO19), students will gain knowledge of the nutritional needs of babies and young children. This topic will also cover nutrition and hygiene practices and students will be given the
opportunity to investigate feeding solutions, comparing these to nutritional requirements and evaluating the outcomes. Evaluation skills are developed along with practical skills. The second topic of study (RO18) underpins all of the other learning in this qualification. Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in child development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks and postnatal provision. Knowledge gained is in preparation for the external final exam in year 11.
Year 11: This year focuses on completing Units RO18 and RO19. In the first term, Unit RO18 is completed. Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding of conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety. Knowledge gained is in preparation for the external final exam in the Spring term. Following this, they will gain knowledge of the equipment needs of babies and young children and an understanding of the factors to be considered when choosing appropriate equipment to meet all of these needs (such as cost, durability, safety, age appropriateness, hygiene, design and ergonomics). Evaluation skills are developed through this.
Students receive regular formal and informal assessments to improve their recall skills and to recap previous knowledge. Peer and self-assessment are used to encourage reflection and awareness of how to move forward with their learning so they can understand how they can achieve their full potential, along with regular recall activities (such as Do Now activities), key word glossary tests and spelling tests. End of unit assessments are also used to check progress.
Key stage 3: Pupils will complete half termly assessments that will include key vocabulary tests, recall quizzes and end of Unit assessments. The end of unit assessments will be an assessment that will cover whole or part of the Assessment Objectives which will enable them to develop key examination skills for Key stage 4. Students will also use demonstration and oral presentations as part of their assessments.
Key stage 4: Unit R018: Health and well-being for child development (50%). This unit will be assessed through a 1 hour and 15 minute externally assessed examination in year 11. Students will complete learning objective assessments as they progress through, using past exam paper questions.
• Learning Outcome 1: Understand reproduction and the roles and responsibilities of parenthood
• Learning Outcome 2: Understand antenatal care and preparation for birth
• Learning Outcome 3: Understand postnatal checks, postnatal provision and conditions for development
• Learning Outcome 4: Understand how to recognise, manage and prevent childhood illnesses
• Learning Outcome 5: Know about child safety
Unit R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years (50%): Total marks out of 60)
This unit will be assessed through externally set, but internally marked coursework assignments. Students are given choices from a variety of formats to use to present their assessments for these (as the exam board allows), but the marking criteria remains the same whichever format is
used: Assessment formats include written/typed reports, booklets/leaflets, PowerPoint presentations, witness statements.
• Learning Outcome 1: Understand the key factors when choosing equipment for babies from birth to 12 months (marks out of 12)
• Learning Outcome 2: Understand the key factors when choosing equipment for children from one to five years: (marks out of 12)
• Learning Outcome 3: Know the nutritional guidelines and requirements for children from birth to five years: (marks out of 15)
• Learning Outcome 4: Be able to investigate and develop feeding solutions for children from birth to five years (Practical demonstration and evaluation of
performance): (marks out of 21)