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NATIONAL CURRICULUM 2014

What is the National Curriculum?

The National Curriculum defines the programmes of study for key subjects in maintained/ state primary secondary schools in England (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own equivalents). Fundamentally, it sets out what all children are supposed to learn and when during their time at school.

Why the big curriculum change?

The main aim is to raise standards (particularly as the UK was seen to be slipping down international student assessment league tables). Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the old curriculum, focusing on essential core subject knowledge and skills such as essay writing and computer programming.

The main changes

Below summarises the main changes in the core subjects.

English

Mathematics

Science

Computing

Design and Technology( DT)

Geography

History

Languages

Physical Education (PE), Music, Religious Education (RE)

The study of these subjects remains largely unchanged.

Our approach to the National Curriculum 2014

At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery we believe that every pupil is entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that takes account of the requirements of the National Curriculum and other guidance documents. Teaching and Learning is based on the children's and classes individual needs.

At Garlinge Primary School and Nursery we use a whole text (book) as stimulus or 'vehicle' to deliver the National Curriculum in a cross curricular way through topics. This allows for key skills to be applied in a purposeful and engaging context. The National Curriculum 2014 programmes of study in English, History, Geography, Art, Design and Technology, Computing and Music (Science and PE where possible) are taught in this way. Mathematics, Languages and RE are taught as discreet subjects.

All teachers have been given training within school about the new National Curriculum and where applicable, staff have been on training provided by the Local Authority and other external providers.

Click here for the parent's guide to the new national curriculum document.

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