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Getting to grips with the new KS1 and KS2 maths National Curriculum

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Most teachers are beginning find their way through the new primary National Curriculum in readiness for September. Here is a file to download with the details of the changes between the current and new KS1 and KS2 maths Programmes of Study.

The changes to the maths PoS are listed for each year and it also shows which year that content came from in the current/old curriculum.  You will not be surprised to see that nothing moves up to the next year! Most changes involve content moving down a year and there is new content, particularly in Year 6.

This is a good guide to have in your planning file for September, you can find resources from your existing maths teachers' books and know which year to look through. 

For those of you who are regular readers of my articles you will already be familiar with these changes. If you are new then you might find
2014 the year of the new National Curriculum interesting.

Some Year 3 and Year 4 teachers are already following the new curriculum this year, but Year 2 and Year 6 teachers will have to wait until September 2015. The 2014 NC content isn't a comfortable fit to the current tests. As an example, probability has gone from the 2014 KS2 programme of study but the Y6 test will still include it in the 2015 tests - and the tests won't include parts of circles which is in the new NC.

Last month the Department of Education's Standards and Testing Agency issued draft test frameworks for publishers developing the new KS1 and KS2 tests that will be used in 2016.

Each test framework sets out:
  • what will and won’t be assessed by the test
  • how each element of the subject will be assessed
  • the proposed structure of the test
  • the standard a child will be expected to achieve in the test

It also states that:

"Teachers should not use the frameworks to guide teaching and learning. They do not provide information on how the new national curriculum should be taught."

Of course no-one would want to teach to a test, however an idea of what is required will be important. These are only draft guidelines with the final versions published Autumn 2015.  I will take a look at them and let you know of anything significant, but in the meantime if you wish to take a look here is a link.

NC changes

DfE recommended dates for implementing the new National Curriculum.
NC date
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