UK Primary Curriculum


What are the key changes for Maths?

It goes further than the previous curriculum

There's quite a lot of new content which, up until now, has been regarded as the province of ‘secondary maths’. This includes long division at year 6, and increasingly complex understanding of fractions and decimals.

Practice is key!

The aims state that it is imperative to keep key maths fundamentals, such as times tables and number facts, "on the boil" through varied and repeated practice in order that children can solve progressively complex problems.

There is a renewed emphasis on problem solving

Although it was stated in the aims, it was not pulled out in detail in the last draft. There is a particular emphasis on multi-step problems and more emphasis on money and time.

The programme of study is set out on a year-by-year basis

It is worth noting that although flexibility is allowed, schools are required to set out their school curriculum for mathematics on a year-by-year basis and put this online.

Calculators will be prohibited in the KS2 SAT

The new programme of study backs up its stance on calculators by emphasising further the importance of mental fluency and the use of efficient written methods in the four mathematical operations.

Levels are going

The government has announced that National curriculum levels will be abolished and be replaced. Schools will be expected to report to parents on children's progress (they can decide as a school how to do this). They will also be expected to report to parents on their children's SATs results using 10 ability bands worked out on a national level. The government could introduce new 'baseline' assessments of pupils at the age of five. Find out more


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