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Parent friendly summary Objectives KS1/ 2 Maths curriculum

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PastSellByDate Thu 12-Jun-14 12:42:01

Hello there:

I've stumbled across this today - found it useful/ clear summary of what your child should be taught/ able to do by year and rather wish I'd been aware of this way back when DD1 was starting Year 1 (DD1 now Y6).

I hope this link will be of help to you


Retropear Tue 17-Jun-14 20:52:12

We're talking a few photocopied sheets or a PDF on a school website,hardly involves hours of work.

IsItFridayYetPlease Tue 17-Jun-14 20:54:33

Photocopies or PDFs of what Retropear?

Retropear Tue 17-Jun-14 20:59:20

The sheet in the op.

IsItFridayYetPlease Tue 17-Jun-14 21:02:25

However, the OP's link is to a curriculum that has only just been released, is not compulsory until September 2014, is not compulsory for all schools and is not the curriculum Year 2 will be taught until September 2015. It also gives a broad expectations and can never be published under the heading "this is what we will teach your child".

Retropear Tue 17-Jun-14 21:06:56

Well you know what my kids are in year 4 and 5. I don't know anything about the old curriculum,the new or how they differ.I don't know how my year 4 dd will be catered for even though she is supposed to be doing Sats in 2 years time based on the new or maybe not.

Quite frankly that stinks and I think it's high time the present gov made informing parents properly a priority.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Tue 17-Jun-14 21:09:33

I agree that schools should provide some information about what they are covering in maths in each topic/half term. Although with good differentiation, that isn't as easy as it sounds. I also think if you go in and ask, they should be willing to tell you exactly what your child can do and what their next steps are.

But if you go in with that list and start talking about your child being behind because they haven't can't x,y or z on that list and it says they should be able to in year 3, then they are quite entitled to tell you that it isn't a problem because they do't teach that until year 5/6. And that's before you even get onto the thorny issue of the fact that the whole document is non-statutory if you are an academy or free school and you can do whatever you like.

Chances are, given that huge numbers of schools are still following the Primary Framework which was never statutory, that that isn't going to be an issue.

IsItFridayYetPlease Tue 17-Jun-14 21:09:40

The government don't know what they are doing with their curriculum and assessment, so maybe it would help them!

Retropear Tue 17-Jun-14 21:11:36

Thank you op for the link,clearly some think said info is highly classified,likely to self destruct and info us dim witted clueless parents shouldn't worry our pretty little heads over.hmm

IsItFridayYetPlease Tue 17-Jun-14 21:24:20

I have no concern with parents knowing the curriculum, but I have already voiced earlier why it is impossible to tell a parent exactly what their child will master, and hence we will move on to teaching, in minute detail at the start of each year / term, because I, as a teacher, can't predict how their child will respond to the teaching.

I name specific next step targets (e.g. use paragraphs in writing, spell all these words correctly, independently and consistently in their writing). But some skills have a progression in development and until step one is mastered there is no point in expecting the child to move to step two in the third week of term, or if they master step one and two in the first few lessons I can rapidly move on to steps three and maybe four. I have no crystal ball to 100% accurately predict this rate of progress, I cannot tell parents in advance what I will be actually teaching and what their child will actually succeed in learning. I'm not hiding information, I am not thinking parents can't understand a list of objectives, but the reason we train is to be able to react to the child each lesson and adapt the teaching not mindlessly follow a curriculum if it doesn't actually help the child.

Retropear Tue 17-Jun-14 21:30:27

Not asking you to deviate,simply want more info and national expectations/ objectives in more detail for each year group.Said link provides both and would be easy to provide.

IsItFridayYetPlease Tue 17-Jun-14 21:36:08

Glad you've been given the link, so hope it helps Retropear.
You are aware levels are going? From September there are only NC levels for Year 2 and Year 6 (until the end of the year). In your last post you said you are not asking me to deviate, but deviate from what? t
The given curriculum? If so I'd be a very poor teacher to stick to a curriculum.

RafaIsTheKingOfClay Tue 17-Jun-14 21:42:41

But there aren't statutory national expectations for each year group. There may be some suggested objectives, but really we are in the same situation we were in under the last curriculum. Which is here is some objectives to be achieved by year 2 and here are some to be achieved by year 6.

Tbf the curriculum does state that schools should display what their curriculum for each year group on a year by year basis is on their website. Although I suspect he hasn't really thought that through properly for a change because I think even the curriculum document itself contradicts itself slightly on that point.

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