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Curriculum Changes for 2014

The New Curriculum at Fairfield Road Primary School

The New National Curriculum in England has become statutory in all schools across England (bar Academies) from September 2014. The obligation to teach programmes of study from the old national curriculum has been disapplied and new programmes of study and attainment targets have completely replaced the old national curriculum.

Why the big curriculum change?

The main aim is to raise standards. Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the current curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.

The main changes

The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects.

Subject

What’s new?

English

  • 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.

Maths

  • 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.

Science

  • 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

  • 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.

ICT

  • 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

Languages

  • 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

Levels have gone

To report a child’s progress, levels can no longer be used, as they reflect progress within the old National Curriculum.

There is currently no specific measure for progress for the New National Curriculum and schools are in a position to choose their own arrangements for assessing and reporting children’s progress. 

 

(Please note: For this academic year only, Year 2 and Year 6 are to remain on the old National Curriculum due to their requirement to complete old National Curriculum SATs  in the summer term.  From September 2015, all year groups will follow the New National Curriculum.)

 

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