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If you designed your own curriculum what would you class as your core subjects?

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IWipeArses Mon 17-Jun-13 17:57:23

I've been reading some of Sir ken robinsons stuff, and I think I'd definitely include dance as a core subject.

Jibberoo Mon 17-Jun-13 17:58:50


3 things every person should know something about

blue2 Mon 17-Jun-13 18:00:16

YY to Jiberoos suggestions!

Salbertina Mon 17-Jun-13 18:03:37

Maths, meditation/mindfulness, running, English, 2 languages, science, history, geography,
Philosophy, economics, IT/technology

NatashaBee Mon 17-Jun-13 18:06:37

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SDeuchars Mon 17-Jun-13 18:07:28

MFL, cookery, craft/DIY, music, money management

FCEK Mon 17-Jun-13 18:12:41

English maths history classics politics cooking childcare languages computing business

Picturepuncture Mon 17-Jun-13 18:15:00

Handling money
Household management (coking, DIY, etc....)

Picturepuncture Mon 17-Jun-13 18:15:28

Oh and technology yes.

KatyMac Mon 17-Jun-13 18:18:25

Have you seen this?

An example of a rich picture - which I think should be taught

throckenholt Mon 17-Jun-13 18:19:28

um - all of the above ! Seriously - pretty much everything is worthy of attention.

For me the bottom line is to be able to communicate effectively in your own language, reasonably in at least one other language. In addition,
have a working knowledge of maths (including practical every day maths), science, history, geography, technology, politics. Be able to think about philosophy, grow your own food, cook, basic DIY.

Appreciate music and art. Be physically active.

In late teens specialise in what fascinates you most. And carry on with the rest as much as you can for fun.

The word boring would be expunged from the language. You should be able to find something interesting in everything, even if it doesn't totally enthuse you.

ommmward Mon 17-Jun-13 18:55:17

core subjects in my curriculum:

basic self-care washing oneself, independent toileting, being able to get simple but edible food from the shop via the kitchen (maybe including cooking) to your stomach

intellectual self-sufficiency I don't believe in edu-tainment - I am not a cabaret act for my children. This also entails being able to navigate the information sources around, which probably means literacy and computer skills (not that anyone else has to teach either of those to children - they get picked up by osmosis in a book and computer-loving home)

physical self-confidence promoted by spilling children into the outdoors on a regular basis and providing elastoplast when necessary. Also, by responding to any interest children show in team sports/swimming/cycling etc.

That's it.

SDeuchars Mon 17-Jun-13 19:28:49

I agree Ommmward - that's exactly what I wanted to say but couldn't think of a concise way to do it.

megmagmog Mon 17-Jun-13 19:47:19

YY to all above, plus some sort of volunteering or community involvement.

GraduallyGoingInsane Mon 17-Jun-13 19:55:17

I would heavily focus on old fashioned English - by this I mean grammar, spelling, classic literature and poetry, as well as reading for pleasure.

I'd also focus on a really good knowledge of a second language (as close to fluent as opposed to the GCSE conversational languages).

I'd also make sure there was a decent working knowledge of maths, science and history. The practical stuff though - addition, subtraction, multiplication and division leading onto managing finances, percentages, the stuff you use. Sod triganomotry and pythagarus Science I'd focus on basic biology, wiring plugs, how the earth has changed over time, healthy eating and exercise, energy forms. In terms of history I'd start at the beginning and work forwards - when the kids are really interested in a period, focus on that for a while, but give them a rough timeline of what happened when.

For the rest of the time I'd be lead by the child. If they love art, spend more time on art. If they're sporty, focus on that. Computer lovers get more I.T.

nilbyname Mon 17-Jun-13 20:00:56

English Language (not literature)
1 MFL running alongside, so half the week is in this subject in all areas
Technology-Math, Physics, Chem, Biology

That is it. It should be broad a rich. It should be a whole day of maths if that suits the cohort on that day. It should be days off out and about. Forrest/beach settings with wildreness classrooms as the norm, not a token day here and there.

manicinsomniac Mon 17-Jun-13 20:04:50

4-7 year olds:
Reading, Writing, Spelling, Handwriting, Number, The World Around Us (basic Science/Geog), The World Before Us (basic History/RS), Spanish, Music, Art, Dance, Swimming, Imaginative Play.

7-11 year olds:
Reading, Creative Writing, Grammar, Literacy, Spelling, Maths, Mental Maths, Science, Geography, History, RS, Spanish, French, Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Swimming, Netball, Football, Hockey, Rounders, Tennis, Athletics, Cookery, Design Technology

English Literature, English Language, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Geography, History, RS, Spanish, French, Latin, Music, Art, Drama, Dance, Netball, Hockey, Lacrosse, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Tennis, Rounders, Athletics, Design Technology, Cookery, Textiles, PSHCE, Travel.

IWipeArses Mon 17-Jun-13 22:23:10

Really interesting responses!

How to find things out is very important, good searching on Internet and in library etc.
How to debate, how to structure a good logical argument, philosophy in general.
Physical activity every day, throughout the day. Walking while talking about various subjects, dancing, playing, sports. Gardening, carpentry etc. worthwhile in themselves but learning biology and maths practically is,ore efficient and effective than doing it dry.
As well as doing self sufficiency of cooking, washing etc by contemporary standards, try out hand washing laundry, grinding flour, making soap and candles, raising livestock, even just for a holiday. Not really a core subject that one, but a useful one in terms of understanding the modern world.

Hadassah Mon 17-Jun-13 22:27:34

1 x foreign language
1 x musical instrument

morethanpotatoprints Mon 17-Jun-13 22:52:49

Ha Ha, my family were talking about this last night. I had some serious suggestions but dd reckoned her ideas were the best, so her core subjects are:

Music - of course
Maths - So she can check she has been paid the right amount
Geography - so she can find her way to the gig
English - So she can sign autographs.

IWipeArses Mon 17-Jun-13 23:01:46

grin love it morethan!

carolinecordery Thu 20-Jun-13 17:42:34

DD nearly 5.

Our curriculum is

Road Safety
Cookery and Healthy Eating
Fire Safety
Introduction to Money
Reading and Phonics
Introduction to addition, subtraction and multiplication
Art and Craft
Octonauts Studies
Human Biology
Field Trips

Zavi Sun 23-Jun-13 00:33:17


Can't believe more home-educators aren't doing this with their kids.


Springcleanish Wed 10-Jul-13 00:48:45

English and Maths, functional, everyday application, like planning for a household budget, application letters.
Geography, history, RE and languages to promote understanding and tolerance
Media Studies, IT, Business Studies and Politics, to understand the world our children are growing up in.
Sport, drama, dance, arts, music - to learn there is more to life than the above and to appreciate health and well being.

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