The National Curriculum

A new National Curriculum for Primary Schools was introduced in September 2014. The changes affect all curriculum areas with children expected to reach higher standards in English and Maths.

The English Curriculum

There is an increased emphasis on the technical aspects of language. The curriculum is set out year by year in Key Stage 1 and two-yearly in Key Stage 2. There is specific content to be covered in the areas of spelling and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.

The Maths Curriculum

The main areas in the new Mathematics curriculum; number (place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions including decimals and percentages), measurement, geometry (properties of shapes and position and direction), statistics, ratio, proportion, algebra. Every year group has its own programme of study detailing what the children should be able to achieve in each area.

The Science Curriculum

The new curriculum for Science puts a greater focus on acquiring scientific knowledge, and less emphasis on developing scientific skills and understanding.

Humanities

There are significant changes in the curriculum for History. In Key Stage 1 children learn about the lives of significant people. In Key Stage 2 there is an emphasis on developing chronology with the children studying history up to 1066. There are also special studies which will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond 1066.

Computing

Another area of the curriculum has changed a great deal is Computing. The emphasis is on children being able to use and understand programming, develop their digital literacy as well as their understanding of safe internet use.

Assessment

In addition to changes in the curriculum, there have also been changes in the systems of assessment where levels have been removed. From September 2014, schools will be developing new systems of assessments to run alongside the new expectations in each subject. Schools will continue to provide regular information to parents.

The programmes of study for each subject can be found at: www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum

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