Belmont Church of England Primary School Curriculum Information

  

The 2014 National Curriculum -  A Guide For Parents

The new National Curriculum was introduced in September 2014 for all children, except those in Years 2 and 6, who will follow the existing programmes of study until September 2015 in English, Maths and Science.

Why the change?

The main aim of the new curriculum is to raise standards. Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the previous curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills. 

What are the main changes?

Below is a summary of the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum.

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 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

  

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 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

 

Languages

 

 

Previously not statutory, 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

  

 Our Curriculum Aims

 

  • To help children develop lively, enquiring minds and to be successful across a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.
  • To involve children fully in their learning, providing continuity and progression.
  • To prepare and support children for life outside of and beyond school in the 21st century.

 

We have adopted a creative, cross curricular approach in our teaching. We want our children to be ‘hooked’ into learning and to be left with memorable experiences that will shape them for life. Our cross curricular themed approach has fostered a high level of enthusiasm and a thirst for more knowledge and understanding, underpinned by key skills and attitudes. Learning is connected across the subject areas in an organised, meaningful way.

 

Each of our themes start by finding out from the children what they already know and what they would like to learn, thereby giving the children some ownership in their learning. At the beginning of each unit of work there is a ‘hook’ for the future learning – an inspiring, exciting activity to engage the children immediately and motivate then to learn more. Each theme provides for a mixture of key life skills and high quality subject knowledge within the context of ‘real life’ learning opportunities. The skills we aim to develop include creativity, communication, working in teams, independent problem-solving, presenting to an audience and using modern technology.

 

Throughout our curriculum we build strong foundations in English and Mathematics and these are taught discretely each morning. In literacy, we ensure that children become fluent writers by having a strong grasp of sentence composition, spelling patterns, grammar and handwriting. Regular opportunities for reading activities, individually, in groups, with peers and with ‘reading buddies’ ensure that standards across our school are high. Opportunities to practice and apply literacy and maths skills across the curriculum are identified in all subjects.

 

Please click on the Year Groups below to access our 2015 - 2016 curriculum maps.

 

Reception

 

Year 1

 

Year 2

 

Years 3/4 

 

Year 5/6