The “new” curriculum isn’t really “new” anymore! The Government produced a new statutory curriculum which we have been following in Years 1, 3, 4 and 5 since September 2014 and so they are now in their third year of following it. Years 2 and 6 started following it in September 2015 and so are now in their second year. Middle leaders at the school have worked hard with all the class teachers to ensure that planning is in place for every subject.
The Literacy and Numeracy curriculums are certainly more challenging than the previous one, however, a lot is the same or very similar to what we have always taught at St Monica’s. There is a continual drive to raise standards for our children.
In Literacy there is greater emphasis on spelling and grammar as well as encouraging a love of reading! You will notice that children will also spend a bit more time on poetry and reciting poems. The children have always enjoyed reciting poetry for their class assemblies!
In Numeracy there is a big emphasis on learning times tables and improving mental maths skills. Please practise reciting the times tables with your child as often as you can. You can start with the 2s, then 10s and move onto 5s and so on until they have mastered up to the 12 times tables! Don’t just count in 2s but say “one 2 is 2, two 2s are 4…” and so on up to “twelve 2s”. By Year 3 we are aiming for the children to be able to answer random times tables as fast as they can in the daily “times tables challenge”. So it’s not just about knowing the right answer, it’s also about quick recall of the facts!
The biggest changes to the curriculum were with computing, history and geography. The teachers had a series of training sessions on computing to ensure they have the necessary skills to deliver this aspect of the curriculum. The topics in History and Geography have also changed considerably. Please look out for your child’s Curriculum Newsletters to find out what they are learning about each half term.