The New National Curriculum

In 2013 the government announced plans to overhaul the national curriculum.

For most children, these changes took effect from September 2014, but children in Years 2 and 6 are continuing to follow the existing programmes of study until September 2015 in English, maths and science. 

The main aim is to raise standards and it is inspired by what is taught in the world’s most successful school systems, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland, as well as in the best UK schools. It’s designed to produce productive, creative and well educated students.

 

The Main Changes

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 being 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 such as 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.
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
  • Not statutory in the old curriculum – a modern foreign language (such as French or Spanish) or an 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.

Taken from http://www.theschoolrun.com/primary-national-curriculum-2014

 

For more information on the content of the New National Curriculum content in each year group download this parent information booklet from Rising Stars.

Rising Stars Parent Information

 

A parents guide to new curriculum- Rising Stars