Ashburnham Road, Penenden Heath, Maidstone, ME14 2JG
Mrs L Downes
New Curriculum 2014
In September 2014 the primary school curriculum changed. Please follow the link to read the 2014 National Curriculum in full.
For most children, these changes will take effect from September 2014, but children in Years 2 and 6 will follow the existing programmes of study until September 2015 in English, maths and science.
Why the big curriculum change?
The main aim is to raise standards. Inspired by what is taught in the world’s most successful school systems, including Hong Kong, Singapore and Finland, as well as in the best UK schools, it is designed to produce productive, creative and well educated students.
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. It also follows on from similar curriculum changes in Scotland and Wales, which were implemented in 2010 and 2008 respectively and have a similar focus on excellence and core skills.
Will all primary schools follow the new curriculum from 2014?
No – academies and free schools are exempt. Academies and free schools do, however, still have to teach a balanced and broadly based curriculum that includes English, Mathematics, Science and RE.
What are the main changes?
The table below summarises the main changes in the core subjects covered by the National Curriculum.
Design & Technology
ICT (now Computing)
Sandling Primary will deliver 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.
The curriculum is well resourced and supported by visitors to the school. 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.