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Mr C Coyle-Chislett

Penpol School

Forward together





New National Curriculum


In September 2014 the primary school curriculum changed and as of September 2015 all year groups have been be following the new curriculum.


These changes have impacted upon everything from the content covered in class to the exams taken throughout school life. It is therefore important that both parents and children are aware of how the curriculum will work going forward. Please follow the link to read the 2014 National Curriculum in full.



What are the main changes?


The new curriculum sees a shift in focus points for some subjects and is overall tougher, particularly when it comes to numeracy and literacy.





  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1)
  • Spoken English has a greater emphasis, with children to be taught debating and presenting skills
  • Stronger emphasis on the reading and writing of poetry





Maths has increased in difficulty, with more secondary maths topics covered, including long-division, more complex fractions and decimals, and pupils are being faced with more challenging multi-step problem solving tasks.


This is most apparent during Year 6. Mental Arithmetic is no longer tested and has been replaced with an Arithmetic paper. Changes to maths include:


  • 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 12x12 (previously 10x10 by the end of primary school)
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of KS2, to encourage development of mental arithmetic skills





  • 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
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals will be replaced by topics like the human circulatory system



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 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
  • In KS2, children will learn to cook a range of savoury dishes



ICT (now Computing)


  • 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.
  • From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet
  • Internet safety – will continue to be taught in primary schools





  • A modern foreign language will be mandatory in KS2
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language




We at Penpol School have always advocated that children achieve great success when they are happy at school and are given opportunities to embrace a holistic and creative curriculum.  We  believe passionately that every child matters and can achieve great things in their education, regardless of their performance in formal testing.


We will ensure that we deliver to all children a broad and balanced curriculum in a welcoming, stimulating and secure environment. A variety of teaching and learning styles and strategies are used to provide opportunities for all children to learn and achieve, and to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.


Importance is placed on both academic and social skills to encourage children to become active learners and responsible members of the community. Children will have opportunities to participate in individual, group and whole class activities with an emphasis on the learning being interesting, meaningful and relevant to the child. This is enhanced through both practical experiences and educational visits.


One of our most valued resources is the time given by parents to support children’s learning, both in school and at home.


For more detail on the curriculum topics being studied in each class please refer to the class newsletters section of the website.