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National Curriculum

In September 2014 the Government introduced a new national curriculum for primary school children in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5. Children in Year 2 and Year 6 continued with the previous programme of study until September 2015. 


Although the new curriculum is intended to be more challenging, the content is actually slimmer than the previous curriculum, based on essential core subject knowledge and skills with a focus on developing mastery at using and applying this knowledge and these skills. 

Alongside continuous teacher assessments, there will still be national assessments at regular intervals in English primary education. Children will undergo: 

*    the Phonics Screening Check in Year 1
*    the end-of-Key-Stage tests in Year 6 (KS2 SATs) 

In the past, the higher attaining children in Year 6 could be entered for advanced SATs papers called Level 6 papers for English and Maths. These tests will no longer be offered; instead, all children will take the same tests, but the papers will include a number of more difficult questions that are intended to stretch higher achieving children. 

Please see the ‘I can’ statements for Reading, Writing and Maths for year groups 1 to 6 below. These are the key areas of learning written in a child friendly way. 


Please click on the link below to view the Assessment Presentation to Parents.

The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the new national curriculum.


Subject      What's new?
English       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. Learning and reciting poetry is a key element in developing this skill.
Maths Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the previous curriculum) and learn number bonds to 20 (previous up to 10).          
Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) is now 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 nine (Year 4), children are now expected to know times tables up to 12x12 (previously 10x10 by the end of primary school). 
Science 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 such as electronics and robotics.  
In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.
ICT 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 – previously only taught from 11-16 – will be taught in primary schools. E-safety is already embedded within St Agatha's School curriculum.
Languages Previously not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) will be mandatory in KS2. At St Agatha's School children learn Spanish.
Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.


'I Can' Statements

Please click on the links below to see the 'I Can' Statements Relevant to your child.