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Newbottle Primary Academy

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Newbottle primary school

2017-18 Curriculum


The Maths Curriculum 

  • There are earlier and more challenging requirements for multiplication tables, which now go up to 12 x 12.
  • The curriculum has clear expectations around written methods, in addition to mental methods.
  • There is an earlier and more challenging requirement for understanding fractions and decimals.
  • There is an increased requirement for pupils to use formulae for volume and to calculate the area of shapes other than squares and rectangles.
  • Probability has been removed. 
  • There is an increased requirement for understanding of proportional reasoning - for example, through volume and calculations with fractions.
  • Financial education has been reinforced, with a renewed emphasis on essential numeracy skills, using money and working with percentages. 
  • There is a strong implication that the use of calculators should be restricted until the later years of primary. 
  • There is a greater emphasis on the use of large numbers, algebra, ration and proportion at an earlier age. 
  • Roman numerals are introduced in Year 3.
  • There is a focus on counting beyond whole numbers - for example, using decimals and fractions. 
  • Abstract symbols are introduced in Year 1.  
  • Data handling has decreased, but there is more reference to interpretation of data. 

Mathematics Long Term Plan


The English Curriculum


  • Reading strategies will centre on phonics (letters and sounds), while comprehension skills will be developed separately.  
  • Each year group has specific spellings to learn. 
  • Proof reading and the learning of poetry by heart have been added. 
  • Joined-up writing is now expected by Year 2. 
  • "Reading for Pleasure" is now mentioned. 


  • Phonics teaching will continue for those who need it. 
  • The recitation and learning of "classic and modern" poetry have been added. 
  • Dictation and precising have been added.
  • "Reading for Pleasure" is explicitly mentioned. 
  • Spelling rules are to be taught in prescribed year groups.
  • Expectations in grammar and punctuation have significantly increased.
  • Debating and presenting skills are emphasised.  

Changes to both KS1 and 2 

  • Expectations are laid out by year group rather than key stage. 
  • There is a focus on the development of vocabulary.
  • The reading and recitation of poetry are given increased value. 
  • Importance continues to be placed on speaking and listening skills
  • Reading comprehension is explicitly mentioned separately from phonics.  


The Computing Curriculum (ICT)

ICT is now known as computing at all key stages.  


Students should be taught:

  • To understand what algorithms are and how to create a debug simple programs. 
  • To use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.  
  • To use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content;
  • To use technology safely and respectfully and knowledgeable, engaging in discussions around data protection.  


Students should be taught:

  • To design, use and evaluate computational abstractions that model the state of behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems. 
  • To use sequence, selection and repetition in programs and work with variables and various forms of input and output. 
  • To use logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. 
  • To understand computer networks including the internet, and how they can provide multiple services. 
  • To use search technologies effectively, appreciating how results are elected and ranked, and to be discerning in evaluating digital content.
  • To use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and identifying a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. 
  • To be able to select, use and combine a variety of software, including internet services, on a number of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. 

School has completed coverage grids for the new curriculum so as to ensure correct content and a coverage schedule that allows for progression.

Yearly Coverage Overview Nursery-Year 6