Knowledge based curriculum vs skills based curriculum

There is much debate as to what is the best way to teach our children. Some believe that they should receive a knowledge based education whilst others feel that a skills based curriculum is better. Both have their advantages, but what is the difference and how can we know which one is best. Skills based learning centres around developing and applying specific skills that can then be used to obtain the required knowledge. The classroom environment will encourage independence, as well as … [Read more...]

The importance of practical learning in primary schools

There are a lot of studies undertaken into how best to teach children so that they absorb information and achieve the learning objectives set for them. Everyone has a different way of learning and so this is something that all teachers have to factor in when planning their lessons, and exams boards focus on when creating the primary school resources. There are three main styles of learning: visual, auditory and kinaesthetic. Visual learning uses charts and pictures to help get the message … [Read more...]

Everything you need to know about the Primary School National Curriculum

All parents want to do everything they can to help their children do well and to get the best education possible. Whether it is helping with homework or making sure they are happy, there are many ways to ensure they are getting the most out of their time at school. In 2014, the government announced changes to the curriculum which will affect children of all ages over the next few years. The new curriculum is a slimmed down version of its predecessor and focusses less on telling teachers … [Read more...]

Y5 Curriculum

The current Year 5 will be the first year group tested in the new style National Curriculum Tests in 2016. You can see the samples of the new 2016 tests for maths, grammar and science here. What do we know? Bearing in mind these new tests have already been subject to hints of change from the Education Secretary before they have even been published! 85% of pupils need to reach a new, higher standard than the old curriculum. OR, failing that (as most schools most probably will - based … [Read more...]

Nicky Morgan’s curriculum knowledge

In an article in The Sunday Times this week, Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State for Education, made headlines by highlighting ‘tough, new’ expectations of pupils as they leave Primary School. Ms. Morgan wrote: "We will expect every pupil by the age of 11 to know their times tables off by heart, to perform long division and complex multiplication and to be able to read a novel.” This announcement surprised us here at Target Maps, because these expectations are, in fact, not new. Ms. Morgan’s … [Read more...]