As you are aware a new National Curriculum has been introduced. We would like to outline the basic changes for your information.
English, Maths and Science remain very important and are considered the core subjects in both primary and secondary education. The National Curriculum sets out in some detail what must be taught in each of these subjects, and they will take up a substantial part of your child’s learning week.
Alongside these are the familiar foundation subjects: Art, Design & Technology, Foreign Languages (age 7+ only), Geography, History, Music, and Physical Education. Computing replaces IT and involves your child in the designing and programming process.
Much of the publicity about the changes to the curriculum has focussed on ‘higher expectations’ in various subjects, and it is certainly the case that in some areas the content of the new primary curriculum is significantly more demanding than in the past. For example, in mathematics there is now much greater focus on the skills of arithmetic and also on working with fractions. In science, a new unit of work on evolution is introduced for Year 6; work which would have previously been studied in secondary school. In English lessons, there will now be more attention paid to the study of grammar and spelling.
For children in Year 2 and Year 6, the new curriculum is now statutory and the children will be assessed against the new National Curriculum age related standards.
If your child is achieving well we will encourage more in-depth and investigative work to allow a greater mastery and understanding of concepts and ideas.
We hope this information is useful to you.
There are some parental leaflets on the right hand side of this page that outline the age related expectations for children in each year group.
Please talk to the class teacher for further details about the curriculum offer for your child.