Child Development KS4
OCR Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Child Development – Key stage 4
What will students study in (subject) this year?
Year 9 will focus on studying Unit R018: Health and well-being for child development.
Students will develop the essential knowledge and understanding in Child Development, covering reproduction, parental responsibility, antenatal care, birth, postnatal checks, postnatal provision, conditions for development, childhood illnesses and child safety.
In Year 10 students focus on Unit R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years.
Within this unit students 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. 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. In Year 10, students will embed the knowledge and understanding from Unit RO18 (studied in Year 9) and continue to revise for the RO18 exam which will be taken in the summer of year 10.
In the third topic of study, Unit R020: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years will be studied in year 11.
Students will gain an understanding of the development norms from birth to five years and the stages and benefits of play. Students will gain knowledge of, and skills in, developing activities to observe development norms in children up to the age of five. This topic will include researching, planning and carrying out activities with a child and observing and evaluating these activities, as well as comparing the child to the expected development norms.
What are the major assessments this year?
Students will complete summative assessments at the end of each term. These assessments will test knowledge and understanding of the learning they have undertaken through each year, based on the units they have studied (details listed above).
The mandatory assessments for the OCR Child Development qualification are:
R018: Health and well-being for child development – Written exam - 1 hour and 15mins, OCR-set and marked. Total of 80 marks.
R019: Understand the equipment and nutritional needs of children from birth to five years – Coursework - 30 guided learning hours. Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated. Total of 60 marks.
R020: Understand the development of a child from birth to five years – Coursework - 30 guided learning hours. Centre-assessed tasks, OCR moderated. Total of 60 marks.
These assessments will take place in Year 10 and Year 11.
What do assessments test?
The assessments in Child Development test students' knowledge of the core learning objectives in each unit of work. Assessments also test students' ability to assess practical scenarios involving children’s development and apply the knowledge they have acquired to these scenarios.
What are the expectations of my daughter in Child Development?
Students are given regular independent homework to complete. Some of this homework will be coursework based. When students’ homework and assessments are marked, they receive a number of targets and corrections and students should be proactive in working on these.
Students will also receive regular coursework deadlines. It is extremely important that students adheres to these deadlines to ensure they do not fall behind with the work.
What should my daughter do if she feels she is struggling in Child Development?
In the first instance, students should speak to their subject teacher. It is important that students try to identify specific areas of the subject which they are finding a challenge so that we can offer targeted support. Targeted support may be focused during lesson time or some additional support sessions may be arranged during lunchtime or after school.
How can I best support my daughter in Child Development?
The best way to provide support students is to talk to them about the work: ensure they are regularly completing homework and keeping on top of coursework deadlines. Students will benefit from having access to a computer in order to complete coursework. If you do not have a computer she can use at home, please speak to the subject teacher or her Head of Year.
Whom should I contact for further advice or information?
Please contact Mrs Driver, Head of Child Development, if you have any queries or concerns: firstname.lastname@example.org