Serlby Park Academy
A Guide for Parents to the New Primary National
In September 2014 the current government introduced a new primary curriculum which has now been implemented across all year groups in Key Stage One and Key Stage Two (for more information on how we implement this curriculum at Serlby Park Academy, please see the ‘Key Stage 1 & 2 curriculum section of our website).
What are the differences between the New National Curriculum and the old National Curriculum?
The New Curriculum focuses on essential core subject knowledge and skills and is intended to be more challenging than the previous curriculum. In addition to this, Serlby Park Academy has its own personalised school curriculum which is specific to the needs of our pupils and includes the teaching of R.E and PHSE.
- Children are expected to edit and improve their own writing and read it aloud with confidence to an audience.
- Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1). Children will also be expected to learn technical vocabulary associated with punctuation and grammar in KS1.
- Reading is at the core of the new curriculum, with a focus on reading for pleasure both at home and in school.
- The profile of handwriting has been raised and is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
- Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating, and presenting skills.
- There is a greater emphasis on children being able to apply their mathematical knowledge in order to solve problems and puzzles.
- KS1 will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the previous curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (previously up to 10).
- Simple fractions 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).
- Children are expected to know and say number facts such as additions and multiplications at speed. For example, by the end of year 4, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12.
- Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic.
- Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language.
- Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time.
- Other additional programmes of study include: seasonal change (Y1&2), the transportation of water in plants (Y3&4)), the human digestive system (Y3&4) and the transportation of nutrients and water in animals (including humans).
- This subject has a 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.
- A greater emphasis on cookery, particularly healthy and savoury dishes.
- Most significant changes are to the KS2 history curriculum with new topics such as: changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age and the study of a non-European society, the Mayans.
- In KS1 there is an emphasis on children's locational knowledge, with the expectation that they will be able to name the nations of the UK and also the world’s seven continents and five oceans.
- In KS2 children will be expected to have locational knowledge of the world’s countries, including capital cities and famous geographical features, and the position and significance of longitude and latitude.
- There is also a greater expectation on children’s atlas and map skills, including OS maps and digital maps.
- Languages is now statutory in KS2 (For many years Serlby Park has taught French in KS2 and basic vocabulary in KS1, this will definitely continue!).
- Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.
Physical Education (P.E.) and games, music and art and design remain very similar to the previous national curriculum. The curriculum for Nursery and Reception children will remain the same as it has been over previous years.