Primary Curriculum 2014
Parent Information Evening
October 2014
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Session Outline
• Why has the National Curriculum changed?
• Who has to follow the new National
Curriculum?
• What are the changes to the National
Curriculum?
• How is St. John’s approaching the change to
the National Curriculum?
• How will the new National Curriculum affect
my child?
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New National Curriculum DFE
• English, Maths and Science are the building blocks of
education –improving our performance in these
subjects will be essential.
• In Maths there will be greater rigour. There will be a
greater emphasis on arithmetic, and the promotion
of efficient written methods of long multiplication
and division. There will also be more demanding
content in fractions, decimals and percentages.
• In Science there is a stronger focus on the
importance of scientific knowledge and language and
a greater emphasis on the core scientific concepts
underpinning pupils’ understanding. For the first
time primary aged children will learn about evolution
and inheritance.
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New National Curriculum DFE
• The proposed English programmes of study will
embody higher standards of literacy. Pupils will
be expected to develop a stronger command of
the written and spoken word. Through the
strengthening of the teaching of phonics pupils
will be helped to read fluently.
• The study of languages is compulsory in Key Stage
2.
• Replace the current ICT curriculum with a new
computing curriculum with a much greater
emphasis on computational thinking and practical
programming skills.
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New National Curriculum DFE
• It is essential to distinguish between the statutory
National Curriculum and the whole school curriculum.
All schools must provide a curriculum that is broadly
based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils.
• Academies and Free Schools have the freedom to
depart from the National Curriculum. All schools
must teach religious education at all key stages and
secondary schools must provide sex education.
• In other subjects and key stages we are aiming to
give teachers more space and flexibility to design
their lessons by focusing only on the essential
knowledge to be taught in each subject.
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How St. John’s has approached the
curriculum change.
• All staff were involved in identifying strengths
in previous curriculum that we wanted to
keep.
• Creative cross curricular topics, church school
distinctiveness, celebration of diversity,
emphasis on development of whole child (not
just academic), giving children opportunities
to succeed, purpose and excitement about
learning.
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English – KS1
 Only phonic reading strategies required
 No specific mention of group work or drama
strategies
 References to ICT/typing removed
 Learning of poetry (including reciting
poetry) introduced
 Specific spellings, e.g. days of the week
 Joined writing expected in Year 2
 Proof-reading of own writing
KS2 >
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English – KS2
 Phonic decoding expected to be secure by
Y3
 No specific mention of group work, drama
strategies or use of ICT
 Learning of classic & modern poetry
(including reciting poetry) introduced
 Specific spelling rules to be taught
 Précising and dictation
 Greatly increased expectations in grammar
and punctuation
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At St John’s…
 Exciting new Scheme of Work purchased.
 Wordsmith by Pearson.
 Based on excellent quality whole books and
texts.
 Embeds Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar
 Excellent use of ICT to enthuse pupils
 Cross Curricular extended writing
opportunities follow our topics
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Mathematics – KS1
 No data handling required
 Rounding to nearest 10 removed from KS1
 Y1: Counting & writing numbers to 100
 Y1: Write numbers words to 20
 Y1: Number bonds to 20
 Y2: Finding fractions of quantities
 Y2: Adding two-digit numbers
 Y2: Telling the time to nearest 5 minutes
 Y2: Make comparisons using < > = symbols
 Y2: Solve simple money problems using £/p
LKS2 >
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Mathematics – LKS2
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No ratio required in LKS2
Written division moved to UKS2
No calculator skills included
Carroll / Venn diagrams no longer required
Y3: Formal written methods for + & —
Y3: Compare, order & + & — easy fractions
Y3: Vocabulary of angles & lines
Y3: Time including 24h clock & Roman numerals
Y4: Recognise equivalent fractions/decimals
Y4: Solve fractions & decimals problems
Y4: Perimeter/area of compound shapes
Y4: Know multiplication tables to 12 x 12
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No calculator skills included
No probability included
Data handling greatly reduced content
Y5: Use decimals to 3dp, including problems
Y5: Use standard multiplication & division methods
Y5: Add/subtract fractions with same denominator
Y5: Multiply fractions by whole numbers
Y6: Long division
Y6: Calculate decimal equivalent of fractions
Y6: Use formula for area & volume of shapes
Y6: Calculate area of triangles & parallelograms
Y6: Introductory algebra & equation-solving
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At St. John’s
 Existing Abacus Scheme of Work has been updated.
 Same publishers as English scheme.
 Mathletics website to help with homework and rapid
recall of key facts.
 Cross Curricular Maths opportunities planned to
encourage problem solving and thinking skills.
 Daily ‘10 minute maths’ consolidates calculation and
arithmetic skills
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Science – KS1
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• Light & Dark; Sound; Forces; Electricity
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 Y2: Introduce simple food chains
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Science – LKS2
 Some movement between Y3 and Y4:
Skeletons to Y3; Teeth & digestion to Y4
 Some units delayed to upper KS2:
Forces; separating mixtures; insulators; adaptation
 Requirements reduced in electricity units
 All KS1 content for sound & light moves to LKS2
 Y3: Fossils and soils content added
 Y3: Flowers as part of the plant life cycle
 Y3: Light reflecting off surfaces
 Y4: Introduce changes of state & water cycle
 Y4: Common uses of electricity
 Y4: Changing environments
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Science – UKS2
 Some movement between Y5 and Y6:
e.g. Health & Heart to Y6; Reversible changes to Y5
 Some units introduced earlier in KS2:
Water cycle; sound as vibrations to Y4
 Micro-organisms no longer required
 Y5: Life cycles of animals added
 Y5: Reversible & irreversible changes
 Y5: Planets, gravity and other forces added
 Y6: Classification of plants and animals
 Y6: New unit on evolution
 Y6: Diet, exercise, drugs & lifestyle added
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At St. John’s…
 Rising Stars new Scheme of Work which includes
real life examples of Science and video clips.
 Annual Science Curriculum days
 Some topics are linked to Science, e.g. Space in
Year 5
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Art
 Greatly reduced detail in content, with much of
the broader detail included in the aims.
 Specific objectives include only 4 areas:
• Use a range of materials (KS1)
• Use drawing, paint & sculpture to share
ideas
• Develop techniques in colour, line, form, etc.
• Learn about the work of artists and
designers
• Create & maintain sketch books (KS2)
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Art
 National Curriculum objectives for Art are
taught through the class topic.
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Computing
 Significant change in focus from digital literacy
and applications to control and programming
 Introduction to creating programs in KS1 (e.g.
roamer style sequences of instructions)
 E-safety included in both key stages
 Logical reasoning and problem-solving to
identify flaws in instructions and correct them
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 Understand and use computer networks, including
the internet (KS2)
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Computing
 Computing objectives are taught discretely
through a new Rising Stars Scheme of Work.
 Teachers use laptops and iPad in many other
curriculum areas.
 New equipment and resources are currently
being purchased.
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Design & Technology
 Broadly similar requirements at both Key
Stages for main aspects, although slightly less
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Technical Knowledge
 Statutory requirement to include cooking at both
Key Stages
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Design & Technology
 DT objectives are taught through topic work.
 Each year group visits Waitrose for free cookery
sessions and new cooking resources are being
considered for use in school.
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Foreign Languages
 Newly statutory at KS2
 No requirement to study from approved
languages (as was originally planned)
 Can include classical languages
 No mention of intercultural understanding
in Programme of Study
 Focus on four skills of Speaking, Listening,
Reading and Writing
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Foreign Languages
 We will continue to teach French formally in
KS2 and informally at KS1 level.
 Children have workbooks to help with
writing and reading of French.
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Geography
 Reduced emphasis on investigative Geography
 Increased focus on geographical knowledge:
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KS1: name continents and home countries
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KS2: locate world countries; UK cities & regions
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KS2: Comparison study in Americas and Europe
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KS2: Study climate, vegetation belts, land use,
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Geography
 Geography objectives taught through topic
work.
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History
 Reduced emphasis on sources & methodology
 Relatively little change at KS1, with slight
increase in national focus
 Reduced emphasis on diversity & culture
 Significant changes in KS2 breadth of study:
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 One period of study that stretches past 1066
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History
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Music
 Slimmed-down Programme of Study
 KS1 focus on experimentation with voice
and tuned and untuned instruments
 Musical elements (pitch, tempo, etc.)
renamed as “inter-related dimensions”
 KS2: Introduce staff and other notation
 KS2: Develop understanding of history of
music
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Music
 New resource – Charanga Music.
 Includes class lessons and opportunities for
singing and playing instruments.
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Physical Education
 Slimmed-down Programme of Study
 KS1 focus on mastering basic skills and
playing in team games
 KS2 includes discrete skills and in contexts of
team games and competition
 Less focus on evaluation, focus moves to
improving personal bests
 Swimming remains statutory at either KS
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Physical Education
 Mr. Allison currently attending training to
introduce new Scheme of Work
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Religious Education
Religious Education does not form part of the
National Curriculum, but remains statutory.
St. John’s will continue with Gloucestershire
agreed syllabus.
Citizenship & PSHE
Citizenship and PSHE are not statutory
subjects in primary schools. Schools are free
to choose what content is taught in these
subjects. St. John’s will continue as before.
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How will the new N.C. affect my child?
Pros
Cons
• New and exciting
• More demanding content.
resources as well as
• Testing at Y2 and Y6 more
keeping best bits of old
difficult (Samples can be
curriculum.
downloaded).
• Opportunity to raise
achievement.
• Curriculum still
developing, so
opportunities for parents
to contribute skills.
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 Objectives from Programmes of Study
organised by year group
 Detailed breakdown of changes for core
subjects (based on primary framework)
 Page-per-year-group documents containing
brief detail
 Support for other subjects (RE, PSHE, Citizenship)
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