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Changes to curriculum from September 2014
As you may be aware the DfE  launched a new curriculum from September 2014. The current year 2 and 6 pupils who will sit formal assessments at the end of May 2016 will be tested under the new curriculum for the first time. Please see our assessment policy to see how the results will be presented to you.
Some of the main changes: we are now teaching English and maths rather than Literacy and numeracy. Data handling in maths has changed its name to statistics and work on shape is known as geometry. The way children add, subtract, multiply and divide can already be seen on our website under our calculation strategies.

The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum.

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
Children are required to recite poetry by heart form year 1 upwards
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 12×12 (currently 10×10 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 human circulatory system
D&T 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 age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
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 Currently not statutory, a 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

Detailed Guide to the changes to curriculum from September 2014 – Download here


Curriculum 2014 Glossary – ENGLISH GLOSSARY

Year 1 Curriculum Content – Year 1 terms

Year 2 Curriculum Content – Year 2 terms

Year 3 Curriculum Content – Year 3 terms

Year 4 Curriculum Content – Year 4 terms

Year 5 Curriculum Content – Year 5 terms

Year 6 Curriculum Content – Year 6 terms

Maths in the Real World - EYFS and KS1

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  • Barley Close, Mangotsfield, Bristol
  • United Kingdom, BS16 9DL
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