Changes to the National Curriculum
How is the new national curriculum different?
The new national curriculum was introduced in September 2014, as a result, national curriculum levels have been removed and instead the new national curriculum programmes of study set out what pupils should be taught by the end of each key stage.
Schools are required to create their own system for assessing pupils’ progress and reporting to parents, however, SATs at the end of KS1 and KS2 will continue, but will be more demanding. The new format for SAT’s was introduced in Summer 2016.
How has the curriculum changed?
The new curriculum is intended to be more challenging and focuses on the essential core knowledge and skills for each subject. For example in English, there is a stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling. Handwriting is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy and spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children being taught debating and presenting skills.
In Maths, five year olds are expected to learn to count up to 100 and learn number bonds to 20. Simple fractions will be taught in KS1 and by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions. By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12. Calculators will no longer be allowed in SATs.
In Science, there is a 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.
The overview for each subject in each year group, can be found on the school website.
How will St. Bernadette’s Record Progress
Teachers will record their assessment judgements on a curriculum-mapped online markbook. This will allow them to build an accurate picture of each pupil’s learning and allow them to determine whether a pupil is meeting the year band expectations, working towards year band expectations or exceeding them.
An end of year report will be produced for parents which will show which aspects of the curriculum have been met and which form targets for the future.
The emphasis now is ensuring that schools concentrate on making sure that the majority of pupils are secure in the knowledge and understanding of the year band content.
For Tracking Purposes
The end of year expectations for each year group have been split into categories.
Working Below the Expected Standard - They may be working within the curriculum below their year group.
Working Towards the Expected Standard - They are yet secure in end of year expectations.
Working at the Expected Standard - They are secure in the majority of end of year expectations,.
Working at Greater Depth - They are secure in almost all of the end of year expectations and can use and apply their knowledge and skills confidently.
What is Greater Depth?
Under the old system, children who were exceeding, would have been moved onto the next level. However now, the children who have a secure knowledge and understanding of the curriculum for their year, should be given the opportunity to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge and should have more opportunities to develop their using and applying skills. This is known as Greater Depth. Only exceptionally gifted children will move into the beginning phase of the year above.
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