On September 1, 2014, the Department for Education launched the New National curriculum for all children in state schools. The New National Curriculum is a modern curriculum which will prepare our children for success in the future and prepares them for life in modern Britain. The most significant changes with the New National Curriculum are;
- the raised expectations on every child in every year group
- assessment without levels
- and a more modern curriculum offer
The New National Curriculum ensures teachers’ teach what children need to learn in order to prepare them for success in the global arena of work.
At St Marys the new curriculum will be taught in every year group with the exception of Year 2 and Year 6. Due to national testing they will be working on the old National Curriculum in Literacy and Numeracy until July 2015.
The New National Curriculum is much more ambitious and has clear expectations of what every child needs to achieve to be ‘secondary ready’ by the time they leave primary school. It defines the essential knowledge, skills and understanding that all pupils should be taught.
Changes to the Curriculum
The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum. Click on the subject name to find the national curriculum document for that area.
- Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
- Handwriting – not currently assessed under the national curriculum – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
- Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating and presenting skills
- Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the current curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (currently up to 10)
- Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8)
- By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12×12 (currently 10×10 by the end of primary school)
- Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic
- Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms
- Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time
- Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system
|Design & technology
- Afforded greater importance under the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future
- More sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics
- In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world
- Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
- From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
- From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet
- Internet safety – currently only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools
- Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2
- Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language
Other Curriculum Documents
Art and Design