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Curriculum Overview

The New Curriculum at Northway School

The National Curriculum 2014 has been introduced in England.  The curriculum will now be taught to all children in Years 1, 3,4 and 5.  All children in England, currently in Year 2 and Year 6, will still be taught the old curriculum in English, Maths and Science for this academic year and will be tested on their knowledge from this curriculum.  from September 2015 all children will be taught all subjects from the new curriculum.


Why the big curriculum change? 

The main aim 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.


What's new?


  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be 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


  • 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 (previously up to 10)
  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2) 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)
  • By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12x12
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near to the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic


  • Strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms
  • Evolution will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage mental arithmetic

Design and Technology

  • Design and Technology has become more important n the 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


  • 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 - currently only taught from 11-16 - will be taught in primary school


  • A modern foreign language or ancient language (Latin or Greek) is now mandatory in KS2.  Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.  Our adopted language is French
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 Northway School have taken part in a range of training and development activities and new curriculum maps have been produced below