From September 2014, all schools across England will be following a new National Curriculum. Hampden Gurney has already introduced many of these elements to enable a smooth transition this year. For further information, you can go to the Government curriculum pages to find out more - http://www.gov.uk/government/collections/national-curriculum
For copies of the Curriculum maps taught by individual classes for 2014, please go to the resources section of the website to download. You should have also been given a copy during the Parent Teacher meet at the start of the year.
There is also a Parent Guide to the New Curriculum in our resources section of the website.
The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the new National Curriculum.
Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1). Handwriting – not assessed under the old 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.
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.
Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms.
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.
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.
Not statutory under the old curriculum, 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.