A short film about the National Curriculum

Things are changing in the national
curriculum. This includes all the subjects pupils study at maintained schools from
year one to year eleven. We want the curriculum offered by schools in England to
match up to the best in the world. These programs of study are more
challenging than they were. In order for this country to compete in
a global economy we need to raise our game. We’ll be asking teachers and children to go
further in Maths at an earlier age. Fractions, decimals, negative numbers and
timetables up to twelve times twelve will prepare children for secondary school. In English there’ll be greater emphasis on
grammar, spelling, poetry and debate. In line with other countries’, we’ve
decided that foreign languages should be studied by pupils from the age of seven.
We’re also proposing to replace the current ICT curriculum with a new computing
curriculum, with a much greater emphasis on practical programming skills. Many of the programmes of study
are shorter to allow teaches greater flexibility to
respond to pupils needs.

5 thoughts on “A short film about the National Curriculum”

  1. A good short film that highlights the intention of properly challenging all children, particularly those with the potential to achieve more at a younger age.

    We may not use a base 12 currency system anymore, "rhythm" may be difficult to spell using phonics and we programme computers through visual interfaces. But knowledge of these things forms part of our culture and should cross generations to act as a foundation for a broad and balanced school led curriculum.

  2. Why 12 x12? We are in a decimal world – 10×10 would be enough. 12×12 reflects the age/mentality of the people who have 'reinvented the wheel'. Is this really a curriculum for the 21st century? Or another 'tweek' with a view to trying to win the next election. Unimpressed.

  3. I get the poetry and debate in English, but spelling and grammar bear no relation to 'raising our game' as a country, they are technicalities. All that matters is that people can understand what you write.
    Poetry is useful because it is certainly within the creative side of English reading and writing and can stimulate the various associated brain parts, while being sufficiently concise to fit within a single lesson. You can easily read and write multiple poems over a term. Also it teaches attention to detail, as unlike in a  story with 10,000's of words, a poem is so short that each word has to count and be a part of the experience of reading it. In stories words like 'said' and so on are just technicalities.
    Debate is about participation, original thinking, critical thinking, and divergent thinking. Specifically about divergent thinking as it is a less familiar term for most, it is the ability to not think in terms of opposites e.g. good and evil, wrong and right, stupid and clever; but of many different things. Debates allow an issue to be thought about in many different ways, and most classes do not divide themselves into two broadly opposing groups.

  4. Pupils do not need to be forced to learn things at an even earlier age than they already are. Growing up and moving from primary to secondary is a difficult enough time as it is! We need to spend more time focusing on giving kids cultural awareness, social skills and the ability to think creatively off their own accord . We're living in a world where 'teaching' has simply become a means of obtaining a grade (through memorizing) that essentially amounts to nothing. The focus needs to be emphasized more towards educating kids to become well-rounded human beings, the rest will fall into place itself.

  5. They said we should be learning decimals, fractions and negative numbers. I am in Year 6 and learning algebra :/

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