The Government has released a New National Curriculum which was implemented from September 2014. The National Curriculum provides pupils with an introduction to the essential knowledge that they need to be educated citizens. It introduces pupils to the best that has been thought and said; and helps engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.
So What’s New?
Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for e.g. the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in Key Stage 1).
Handwriting was not assessed under the old National Curriculum but is now expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
Spoken English has a greater emphasis with children to be taught debating and presenting skills.
5 Year olds will be expected to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the old Curriculum).
They will learn number bonds to 20 - pairs of numbers that make 20 (before: up to 10).
Simple Fractions (¼ and ½) will be taught from Key Stage 1 (Year 1) and by the end of Primary School, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.6 =3/5).
By the age of nine children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (currently 10x10 by the end of primary school).
Calculations will not be introduced until near the end of Key Stage 2 to encourage mental arithmetic.
Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language rather than understanding methods of Science in abstract terms.
Afforded greater importance under the new curriculum setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future.
Computing replaces Information Communication Technology (ICT) with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programmes.
From age 5, children will learn to write and test simple programmes and to organise, store and retrieve Data.
From age 7, they will be taught to understand computer networks including the internet.
Internet Safety – once only taught from 11-16, will now be taught in all primary schools.
Before it was not statutory, but now a modern foreign language (including Latin or Greek Classic Language) will be mandatory in Key Stage 2.
Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present , read and write in the language. Our chosen language is French.
A New Way of Assessing Pupil Progress:
Children in Years 1, 3, 4 & 5 will be assessed according to the age related expectations as laid out in the new National Curriculum.
This means that for these children ‘levels’ will no longer be used, Hever will use 'steps'. Children are expected to make six steps progress a year and will be judged at the end of the year as either being:
The New National Curriculum has considerably more challenge in content e.g. Children at the end of year 4 are expected to know their times tables up to 12x12 (last year this was 10x10 at the end of year 6).
We cannot say that a previous level 4B equates to working at the new end of year six Expected level.
Staff are assessing children by looking at their work, examining previous test results talking to previous teachers and looking for a best fit against the new curriculum descriptors (the statements that highlight the requirements of each subject for that age group).
For further information about the curriculum for this term, please refer to the class newsletter or contact your child’s class teacher.
Please find below Example Curriculum Maps that our staff have planned: