The National Curriculum in England is currently in a process of transition. During the course of this academic year and beyond, the obligation to teach programmes of study from the existing national curriculum will be disapplied and new programmes of study and attainment targets will eventually completely replace the existing national curriculum.
Why is there a change?
The main aim is to raise standards. Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the current curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.
The Main Changes
All maintained primary schools in England are required to follow the National Curriculum set by the Department for Education.
The National Curriculum sets out both programmes of study (the broad areas pupils should learn) and descriptions of the attainment levels they should reach. You can find details of the primary national curriculum at the DfE website here.
Primary school year groups in England are divided into:
• Early Years Foundation Stage – Nursery and Reception – ages 3 to 5
• Key Stage 1 – Years 1 and 2 – ages 5 to 7
• Key Stage 2 – Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 – ages 7 to 11.
In order to prepare pupils for the more ambitious end of year expectations in English, Mathematics and Science, as set out in the new curriculum, teachers at St Faith’s CE Primary School will amend their delivery of the programmes of study detailed above as is appropriate.