The New National Curriculum

 

From September 2014, all schools in England have implemented the new National Curriculum. The implementation of this curriculum is statutory for all year groups.

At Woodslee Primary School, we want our parents to understand the curriculum and what it means for your child/children.

Subject

   What’s expected?

English

 

  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
  • Handwriting – 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 
  • 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.
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system

Design & Technology         

 

  • Afforded greater importance, 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 with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs
  • 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

 

  • 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

For Further Information on National Curriculum 2014 Click here