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The New Curriculum

New National Curriculum

From September 2014 the old national curriculum is gradually replaced by the new Primary Curriculum.

Children who are currently in Year 6 and Year 2, will continue to study and be tested on the old primary curriculum in Maths, English and Science. They will sit SATs in May 2015 based on these old programmes of study.  Other subjects such as P.E. and Computing will follow the New Curriculum. From May 2016, a new assessment procedure based on the new curriculum will be implemented. We will of course provide you with the details of these new style tests when they become available to us.

As part of an Academy, we do not have to adopt the new curriculum, we have chosen to, but we will be implementing different subjects over the coming year. We are currently busy planning new units of study to meet the requirements of the new curriculum, which more importantly provide exciting and engaging learning opportunities for your children. As usual we will provide you with a termly summary of the planned learning for each year group. These will be entitled “Curriculum Overviews” and will be presented in a new format from Autumn term 2014.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

To begin with the main subjects to be changed were English, Maths, Science, Computing, P.S.H.E., P.E. and Music. Other subjects (History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology) will follow during the year. This leaflet outlines the major changes to subject areas within the curriculum.

English

  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
  • Reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a big emphasis on reading for pleasure both at home and at school.
  • Handwriting (not currently assessed under the National Curriculum) is   expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
  • Spoken English is given greater emphasis, with children being taught debating and presentation skills.

Mathematics

  • Simple fractions will be taught from Key Stage 1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert between decimals, fractions and percentages. (e.g. 0.375=3/8).
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to know their times tables upto 12×12 and the related division facts.
  • Calculators will not be introduced until upper Key Stage 2, to encourage mental arithmetic skills.
  • Problem solving runs throughout all areas of the maths curriculum and is considered a key skill.
  • Children will be taught more formal written methods for all four rules, including long division and multiplication. Our calculation policy is available on the Policies page

Science

  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract.
  • Evolution will be taught in primary school for the first time.

Computing

  • 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.

Design and Technology (DT)

  • Design and Technology has become more important in 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.
  • Greater emphasis on cookery with a focus on savoury dishes.

Geography

  • Greater use of atlases and maps including O.S. maps and digital maps.
  • Children are expected to know and locate countries, capitals, major cities, mountains and rivers.
  • In depth studies of a European, North/South American countries and a region of the British Isles are required.

History

  • Greater emphasis on British History taught in chronological order from Stone Age to 1066. Tudors no longer taught in KS2.

Languages

  • The term Languages will replace the term modern foreign languages.
  • Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language such as 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.

Physical Education (PE), Music, Religious Education (RE)

  • The study of these subjects remains largely unchanged.

If you would like to read further information regarding the changes, please select the link below.

View Parents Guide to New National Curriculum