OCR Cambridge National Child Development
Our Curriculum Intent
Students begin year 9 covering a broad introduction to the subject. The aim of the introduction is to provide students with the crucial knowledge and skills required for each unit of the course, and opportunity to regularly recap and apply the crucial knowledge. This links to our whole school objective of “Know more, remember more, understand it and apply it”. In addition to this, students also have opportunity to explore links to other subjects and knowledge covered in year 7 & 8, alongside exploring career paths relevant to the subject.
Students will also develop their research and referencing skills, which are essential to complete internal assessments on the course.
Students will begin the examination unit R057 and Non-Examined Assessment Unit R058, with lessons being split between these units. Non-Examined Assessment is conducted through a live assessment task, and students submit this for moderation with the exam board in the summer of year 10.
Students will continue the examination unit R057 and begin the Non-Examined Assessment Unit R059, with lessons being split between these units. Non-Examined Assessment is conducted through a live assessment task, and students submit this for moderation with the exam board in the summer of year 11. Students will also sit the final exam at the end of year 11.
Unit R057 – Health and wellbeing for child development
This is assessed by an exam.
In this unit you will learn about the importance of pre-conception health and reproduction, antenatal care and preparation for birth. You’ll also learn about postnatal care and the conditions in which a child can thrive. Topics include:
- Topic Area 1 - Pre-conception health and reproduction
- Topic Area 2 - Antenatal care and preparation for birth
- Topic Area 3 - Postnatal checks, postnatal care and the conditions for development
- Topic Area 4 - Childhood illnesses and a child safe environment.
Unit R058 – Create a safe environment and understand the nutritional needs of children from birth to five years
This is assessed by a set assignment.
In this unit you will learn how to create a safe environment for children from birth to five years in childcare settings. You’ll research and choose equipment that is suitable and safe for use and will learn about children’s nutrition and dietary needs. Topics include:
- Topic Area 1 - Creating a safe environment in a childcare setting
- Topic Area 2 - Choosing suitable equipment for a childcare setting
- Topic Area 3 - Nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.
Unit R059 – Understand the development of a child from one to five years
This is assessed by a set assignment.
In this unit you will learn the physical, intellectual and social developmental norms for children from one to five years. You’ll understand the importance of creating plans and providing different play activities to support children in their development. Topics include:
- Topic Area 1 - Physical, intellectual and social developmental norms from one to five years
- Topic Area 2 - Stages and types of play and how play benefits development
- Topic Area 3 - Observe the development of a child aged one to five years
- Topic Area 4 - Plan and evaluate play activities for a child aged one to five years for a chosen area of development.
Current Year 11 - 2022 – 2023
Students are working on the Child Development legacy specification with OCR. They have completed the internal assessment unit R019 and examination unit R018 during year 9 and 10. During year 11 students will work on preparing for an exam re-sit if required in January 2023, and focus on the learning of the final internal assessment unit R020.
R018: Health and well-being for child development (External Examination)
This unit provides an overview of the roles and responsibilities of parenthood, from pre-conception through antenatal to postnatal care. Students develop an appreciation of the importance of creating the best conditions for a child to thrive.
R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years (Internal Controlled Assessment)
Students learn about the range of equipment and nutritional and hygiene requirements of children from birth to five years, and they demonstrate in a practical activity how these needs are met to promote a child’s development and well-being.
R020: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years (Internal Controlled Assessment)
Students investigate the developmental norms of children from birth to five years and develop an understanding of the impact of play on the developmental norms. They apply and demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through practical activities.