The current National Curriculum for Primary Schools was introduced in September 2014.
The changes made in it from the previous curriculum affected all areas with children expected to reach higher standards in English and Maths.
The National Curriculum is a set of subjects and standards used by primary so children learn the same things. It covers what subjects are taught and the standards children should reach in each subject. The National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called ‘key stages’ (KS).
There is an increased emphasis on the technical aspects of language.
The curriculum is set out year by year in Key Stage 1 and two-yearly in Key Stage 2. There is specific content to be covered in the areas of spelling and vocabulary, grammar and punctuation.
Phonics is taught using the Letters and Sounds scheme. Reading is taught using the Oxford Reading Tree Scheme.
The main areas in the Mathematics curriculum are:
- number (place value, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and fractions including decimals and percentages);
- measurement; geometry (properties of shapes and position and direction);
- ratio & proportion and
Every year group has its own programme of study detailing what the children should be able to achieve in each area.
The curriculum for Science puts a greater focus on acquiring scientific knowledge and less emphasis on developing scientific skills and understanding.
In Key Stage 1 children learn about the lives of significant people.
In Key Stage 2 there is an emphasis on developing chronology with the children studying history up to 1066. There are also special studies which will extend their knowledge and understanding beyond 1066.
The curriculum aims to ensure that children:
- understand the basic principles of computer science (programming/coding);
- become digitally literate;
- can recognise and use a range of information technologies in and beyond school and that they understand how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, identifying and reporting concerns.
Modern Foreign Languages
Throughout Key Stage 2 children are taught French.
The aim is to ensure that children express their ideas and thoughts in another language and to understand and respond to its speakers, both in speech and in writing.
From September 2014, schools have been developing their systems of assessments to run alongside the expectations in each subject.
Schools will continue to provide regular information to parents.