The document links below from Raising Stars explain the changes in the new national curriculum and also the changes in methods of assessment. The guides provide a clear outline of the new content, by year group, with some background information about how the curriculum and assessment works. There are also summary posters provided by teacher Michael Tidd. You can take a look at his blog by clicking HERE.
Outlined below are the changes to the National Curriculum which came into effect from 1st September 2014.
The aim of the changes is to ensure that children nationally are: productive, creative, well-educated and ready for their secondary education and life beyond.
In order to achieve this, the government has designed a curriculum which raises the expectations for pupils in each year group and places a high emphasis on the basic skills of reading, writing and maths. As a result, most children will be taught certain skills earlier than they were before.
In Years 2 and 6, children will continue to sit the SATs tests for reading and maths for the time being and for this reason, these year groups will predominantly follow the older curriculum objectives, with some additional objectives from the new curriculum included.
As the new National Curriculum is not linked to the current levels, a newer way of measuring progress and attainment is being introduced at Kitwell Primary School. Details will follow when our new system is finalised.
Many subjects remain essentially the same. However, there is now an emphasis on the new computing curriculum that replaces ICT.
Learning a foreign language is now compulsory in KS2. At Kitwell Primary School, we now teach a combination of French and Spanish.
At Kitwell Primary School, we prioritise the need to personalise the curriculum to meet the needs of our children. We place a strong emphasis on key skills and enquiry based learning, and over several months we have been working hard to ensure the National Curriculum is carefully mapped to reflect the age and ability of our children, as well as building a progression of key skills to underpin the objectives in each subject area.
‘Prospectus Curriculum’ topics are being taught and delivered in each year group. These topics will create exciting and engaging learning opportunities for our children. Class curriculum overviews will appear on our website as the year progresses. The ‘Prospectus Curriculum’ website can be found at http://www.prospectuscurriculum.co.uk/
Here is an overview of changes to subject areas in the new National Curriculum:
- PE, RE, Music and Art and Design will stay broadly the same as before.
Changes to the English curriculum:
- A stronger emphasis on phonics, vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling – for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1 (years 1 and 2).
- Reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a high emphasis on reading for pleasure both at home and in school
- Handwriting will be given greater significance and is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
- Spoken English is given more status, with children being taught debating and presentation skills.
Changes to Mathematics:
- Simple fractions (quarters and halves) will be taught from KS1 and by the end of the primary phase of schooling, children will be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions eg 0.375 = 3/8
- By the age of nine, children will be expected to know multiplication tables up to 12x12 (previously 10x10 by the end of year 6
- Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, in order to encourage mental arithmetic
- The ability to solve problems is a key skill which runs throughout all strands of the new curriculum
- Children will be taught formal written strategies for vertical long multiplication and long division when they are secure and confident with the standard written methods currently taught
- A focus on multi-representational approaches in algebra eg empty boxes, models, images and spotting patterns.
Changes to Science:
- There is now a 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 themes around the human circulatory system.
- New topics about rocks and soils are now in KS2.
- Electricity, forces and motion, light and sound now appear in KS2
Computing (formally known as ICT):
- Many of the skills will remain the same. However, there is a greater emphasis on programming rather than operating programmes.
- Children will learn to write simple programmes, organise, store and retrieve data, from the age of 5
- From 7, children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet.
- Internet safety will be a focus in every topic throughout KS1 and 2
Changes to Design Technology:
- The DT curriculum sets out to support children in becoming the designers and engineers of the future.
- There is a greater emphasis on cooking and nutrition, making savoury dishes and understanding where food comes from.
- Across KS2, children will learn about inventors, designers, engineers, chefs and manufacturers who have made ground-breaking products.
- Opportunities to investigate and analyse existing products
Changes to Geography:
- Greater use of atlases and maps including O/S and digital maps with some emphasis on technical procedures such as grid references.
- A greater understanding of how to locate countries, capitals, major cities, mountains and rivers.
- In depth studies of the UK and non-European countries in KS1 and a comparison of a European country and the countries of North and South America in KS2.
- A renewed emphasis on human and physical processes.
Changes to History:
- Greater emphasis on British history taught in chronological order from Stone Age to 1066. The Tudors are no longer taught in KS2.
- Post 1066 topics covered through local history or themes over time eg crime and punishment
Languages (formally Modern Foreign Languages):
- A modern foreign language or ancient language such as Greek or Latin is now mandatory.
- Children will be expected to converse with accurate pronunciations well as be able to present, read and write in the chosen language.
- A basic understanding of grammar conventions is also expected. As previously stated, our main languages are French and Spanish.