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The New National Curriculum 2014

Where does the Curriculum come from?

Our school curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of the new National Curriculum. 

From September 2014, the National Curriculum underwent an overhaul that saw changes to what children are taught. The main aim is to raise standard and is intended to be more challenging, although 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 table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum.


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 12x12 (currently 10x10 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 

Design and 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

Computing

Languages

  • Currently not statutory,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 more information on the new National Curriculum, click here.

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