National Curriculum

Meta Slider - HTML Overlay - flash1Major changes to the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two have been introduced recently. The main aim of the changes made by Education Ministers is to raise standards and the content is, in many cases, more challenging. There is a greater focus on essential core skills.

From September 2014, St George and St Martin will follow the revised National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. However, children in Year Two and Year Six will continue to follow the old Programmes of Study until September 2015 because their SATs tests will test the old curriculum until then.

The new National Curriculum is easily accessible online or you can see a summary below:

Click here to see the Key Stage One curriculum map

Click here to see the Key Stage Two curriculum map

The main changes to the National Curriculum are summarised below:


What’s new?

  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
  • Handwriting – not assessed under the old national curriculum – is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy
  • Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children learning more debating and presenting skills
  • Five-year-olds will be expected to learn to count up to 100 (compared to 20 under the old 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 12×12 (previously 10×10)
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near 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 be taught in primary schools for the first time
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 equipmentsuch as electronics and robotics
  • In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world
  • Key Stage Two children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in a modern foreign language