The New Curriculum

Why the big Curriculm change?

 

The main aim is to raise standards, particularly as the UK is slipping down international student assessment league tables. Inspired by what is taught in the world’s most successful school systems, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland, as well as in the best UK schools, it’s designed to produce productive, creative and well educated students. 

Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the current curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.

 

What are the main changes?

 

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 used at all in primary schools, 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 human circulatory system

Design & 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
ICT
    • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), 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

 

    • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate               pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language