The latest draft of the Primary Curriculum

*This blog is about the July draft of the National Curriculum. For the latest version visit this page instead*

National Curriculum layout

Following today’s announcement of changes to the draft National Curriculum (which is now presumably rather less of a draft and more of a last-chance saloon for any urgent amendments), I have updated the overview maps for the primary curriculum.

The documents show each primary year group on one A3 page, with an outline of the content to be covered in each of the National Curriculum subjects. Two versions are available: one shows the current content in straightforward form; the second is coloured showing the main changes since the previous draft that was issued in February.

Two things should be stressed: firstly, that this is just an outline and will not be sufficient for planning the whole curriculum, and that secondly the year-by-year approach is just a combination of suggestions from the DfE and from me. The only statutory requirement is that schools cover the whole key stage’s content by the end of each key stage; how you arrange it over the two years of KS1 or four years of KS2 is entirely up to your school.

Download the jigsaw file from here


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11 thoughts on “The latest draft of the Primary Curriculum

  1. Ange Gregory 10 July 2013 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Really useful resource, thanks. Is it available as an editable Word doc. please?

  2. Anne White 21 August 2013 at 10:09 am Reply

    Please be careful – I am sure that this is NOT accurate. There are major changes to expectations in mathematics but none are
    I really like to format and think that an accurate version will be very helpful to primary teachers and a useful form in which to share information with parents.;

    • Michael Tidd 21 August 2013 at 10:15 am Reply

      Hi Anne – what aspects in particular do you think are not reflected here? I’m happy to try to update if you think something key is missing!

  3. Anne White 21 August 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply

    Perhaps I am doing something wrong – when I open the second document most subjects show some red text which I am taking to indicate changes. There is no red text for maths. Are you suggesting that there are no changes?.

    • Michael Tidd 21 August 2013 at 3:27 pm Reply

      Ah, I understand. The red highlighting only represents the changes made between the two drafts (February and July), not the massive changes made in comparison to the old NC. Perhaps I can clarify this in the text?

  4. Anne White 21 August 2013 at 3:35 pm Reply

    Thank you Michael – that is now clearer to me. However I think many schools have not kept up with various drafts and are now concerned about changes in comparison to the current statutory curriculum rather than to a previous draft.

  5. Michael Tidd 21 August 2013 at 4:03 pm Reply

    I agree, Anne, that is an issue. Mind you, that’s quite a lot to squeeze into a simple page-per-year document. I know that Tim Taylor has done some great work comparing the foundation subjects (e.g. Geography here: ) so we could probably do with something similar for Maths, but the complexity is far greater. For example. different schools are currently using new, old or no framework at all, so a direct year-to-year comparison is difficult. I suppose arguably a Key Stage comparison would be feasible, but the massive volume of prescribed content in the new curriculum is difficult to relate directly.

    Definitely something to think on…

  6. Leah 2 September 2013 at 10:14 am Reply

    Thank you for creating this document, even though it’s a general overview with the major changes it is very useful.

  7. Elizabeth 23 October 2013 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Really like this overview -are you thinking about adjusting it for the September 2013 changes?

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