What are the curriculum changes likely to be for primary schools?

Adult and child reading in schoolAll existing National Curriculum subjects (currently 10 subjects in primary schools) are likely to be kept in some form.

The National Curriculum would continue to be split into 'core' and 'foundation' subjects, but in addition, some existing subjects may be downgraded to become part of a 'basic' curriculum.

The core subjects are likely to remain the same: English, Mathematics and Science. The essential knowledge to be taught in these core subjects will be specified in greater detail in the new curriculum - these are known as Programmes of Study.

There is likely to be a more limited set of expectations for foundation subjects. Although these subjects must be taught, the areas to be covered within them are likely to be less prescriptive, giving more flexibility to schools develop these themselves.

The areas to be covered in the foundation subjects are likely to be less prescriptive, giving more flexibility to schools.

Foundation subjects at KS1 and 2 would be Geography, History, PE, Art & Design and Music. Modern Foreign Languages would also be added (possibly at Upper KS2 only, possibly throughout KS2).

Basic subjects would be Design & Technology and ICT. The ICT curriculum in schools is also under review and the government has indicated major changes may also take place in this area.

Under these recommendations, primary schools would be encouraged to focus on fewer things in greater depth. The review panel believes this is a key factor in the success of high-performing countries.

Oral language is likely to be an important part of the new curriculum, both within the English and across all core and foundation subjects.

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