Over the past few days, inspired by a single tweet about conjunctions (!), I have published three articles on key changes that secondary colleagues might not be aware of in relation to the new primary curriculum. These three articles can be found here:
- 10 things you might not have realised about the new Primary English curriculum
- 10 things you might not have realised about the new Primary Maths curriculum
- 5 things you might not have realised about the new Primary Science curriculum
I realise that teachers of other foundation subjects get scant enough information about what is taught in primary schools, so I would love to be able to offer the same level of depth article for everything from Art to PE. Sadly, the reality is that the content of the curriculum is now massively weighted in favour of just English and Maths, and so the best I can offer for the other foundation subjects is a 10-word (slightly tongue-in-cheek) summary of each to assist our secondary o̶v̶e̶r̶l̶o̶r̶d̶s̶ colleagues.
Art & Design
There’s hardly any content in the curriculum, so who knows?!
Less typing, more programming. Expect Scratch to become near universal.
Design & Technology
Probably as erratic as before, with some cooking thrown in.
More factual knowledge: countries, biomes (but no Africa or Asia!)
They’ll all cover the same periods – in wildly varying depth.
Foreign Languages (note, no “Modern” in KS2)
If you thought they had varying abilities before… prepare yourself!
Staff notation is in, and some history of music apparently.
More of the same, but with a little more competition.
The good news for teachers of the other foundation subjects is that the statutory curriculum at KS1 and KS2 is very briefly set out, so you could read it in a few minutes by visit the Primary Curriculum website here: www.primarycurriculum.me.uk
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