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National Curriculum

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  • Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based

  • Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of

  • Society and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.


  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)

  • Handwriting –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-old's will be expected to learn to count up to 100 and learn number bonds to 20

  • 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 9, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12 x 12

  • Calculators will not be used at all in primary schools, to encourage mental arithmetic.



  • 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



  • 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 – will be taught at the beginning of every unit

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