From September 2014, a new Primary Curriculum began to be implemented at our school. Children who are currently in Year 6 and Year 2, will continue to study and be tested on the old primary curriculum in Maths, English and Science. They will sit SATs in May 2015 based on these old programmes of study. Other subjects such as P.E and Computing will follow the New Curriculum.
From May 2016, a new assessment procedure based on the new curriculum will be implemented. We will of course provide you with the details of these new style tests when they become available to us. The government have removed the requirement to use levels to assess children's attainment and progress. We will still be measuring children's attainment and progress across school but are moving towards a system of using age-related expectations. Our school will be making this transition gradually over the next year.
For this school year (2014-15), Years 2 and 6 will be assessed using levels. From September 2015, Years 2 and 6 will follow the new National Curriculum and be assessed through age-related expectations.
We will continue to inform parents/carers of their child's attainment and progress throughout the year. If anyone requires any further information please do not hesitate to ask.
Changes to Subject Areas
We are currently busy planning new units of study to meet the requirements of the new curriculum, which more importantly provide exciting and engaging learning opportunities for your children. As usual we will provide you with a termly summary of the planned learning for each year group. These are entitled ' Curriculum Overviews'.
Major changes to subject areas are outlined below:
* stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammer, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
* reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a big emphasis on reading for pleasure at home and school
* handwriting is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
* spoken English is given greater emphasis, with children being taught debating and presentation skills
* simple fractions will be taught from KS1, and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert between decimals, fractions and percentages.
* by the age of 9 years, children will be expected to know times tables upto 12 x 12 and the related division facts
* calculators will not be introduced until upper KS2, to encourage mental arthmetic skills
* problem solving runs throughout all areas of the maths curriculum and is considered a key skill
* children will be taught more formal written methods for all the four rules, including long division and multiplication
* strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract
* evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time
* computing replaces Information and Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than operating Programs
* from the age of 5 years, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data
* from the age of 7 years, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet
* internet safety (currently only taught from 11-16 years) will be taught in primary schools
* greater use of atlases and maps including O.S maps and digital maps
* children are expected to know and locate countries, capitals, major cities, mountains and rivers
* in depth studies of a European, North/South American countries and a region of the British Isles are required
* greater emphasis on British History taught in chronological order from Stone Age to 1066
* Tudors no longer taught in KS2
* the term 'Languages' will replace 'Modern Foreign Languages'
* currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language such as Latin or Greek will be mandatory in KS2
* children will be expected to master basic grammer and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language
Physical Education (P.E), Music, Religious Education (R.E)
* the study of these subjects remains largely unchanged