The PDF documents on the next page will allow you to view the curriculum documents for each subject in the new National Curriculum.
These documents are the result of an extensive consultation process over the previous two years. The initial discussion involved participants of the National Consensus conference of September 2005, who indicated a need for a review of the existing curriculum to guide learning in our schools. The national curriculum review then became the second strategy of the ten that followed the conference, as set put in the National Consensus on the future of education in the Cayman Islands; it was lead by the Chief Inspector of Schools, Helena McVeigh.
The next phase of consultation involved setting out an overview of what we expect our curriculum to achieve. This included a profile of what we aspire our learners to become (‘The Educated Caymanian’). The overview document, which was discussed extensively across the islands, provided the guide for the subject documents and the rest of the curriculum development that followed.
The subject documents were then prepared by subject committees of educators, led by the two curriculum development officers, Clive Baker and Favourita Blanchard. The subject committees reported to a steering group made up of representatives from across the community and who had also formulated the overview document. The subject documents were modified after a final public consultation, to their present form.
The curriculum will need to be reviewed and modified after a few years in order to ensure that it keeps pace with the inevitable changes in society in Cayman and around the world.
The documents have a common format:
- An aim – which states how the subject contributes to broader learning and in particular to the vision of ‘The Educated Caymanian’.
- An overview which outlines the importance of the subject within a social and developmental context.
- Guidance on how to use the documents, which is primarily aimed at educators. Most subjects are sub-divided into key aspects, called strands, which as the name implies interweave their way through the learning experience. Contexts within which students should be given opportunities to learn are also identified.
- A programme of study that identifies the experiences and opportunities that students must be given to enable them to achieve the knowledge, skills and understanding we expect them to learn. These form the bases of what educators are expected to teach.
- A table of attainment targets which specify the knowledge, understanding and skills that students should acquire through the three years of each key stage. These form the bases for assessing students’ progress.
This is the first complete national curriculum for Key Stage 1-3 (Years 1 through 9) students within the Cayman Islands. Its production has drawn on aspects of good practice from around the world and has required significant public and private involvement in tailoring the curriculum to our need to be locally relevant yet internationally aware. It is something we can be proud of – it is truly ‘our curriculum’ - capable of providing the foundation of a “world class education for all”.
Last Updated: 2008-01-29