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The Curriculum 1Explain the meaning of the term curriculum Curriculum can be defined as a plan for what is to be taught in schools It consists of topics to be taught at all levels in the primary school The term curriculum is generally understood as the courses or programmes of study offered by an educational institution The concept of curriculum is best understood however from the Latin root of the word which is currere or to run as in to run a racecourse To use an analogy curriculum means the course or path that students have to run to finish the race -- or put another way all the activities which students need do if they are to finish a programme of study and achieve the intended learning goals Curriculum is more than just a body of knowledge a list of subjects to be studied or a syllabus -- it is all the planned experiences such as extra-class activities guidance and interpersonal relationships which learners may be exposed to in order to achieve the learning goals There are three types of curriculum 1The Official Curriculum This can be defined as the proposed plan of work for the Primary school which includes all the topics to be taught and the outcomes that are expected that is General and specific objectives It also includes suggested materials and resources as well as evaluations A committee including curriculum officers educators and teachers develop this curriculum 2The Taught Curriculum This is what is delivered in the classroom The teacher is in charge of deciding what should be taught and when it should be taught The topics are broken down from the official curriculum into weeks meaning that a certain topic will be taught one week whilst another would be taught a next week This is called a scheme of work 3The Hidden Curriculum Traits of behaviour or attitudes that
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