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This information has been designed to highlight the changes to the Primary National Curriculum
The new curriculum was introduced in September 2014. From July 2016 at the end of Key Stage Two, children were no longer given levels (such as Level 4b at the end of Year 6) and instead, attainment is now graded as 'working towards', 'at' or 'in depth' when assessed against the age related expectations, with a scaled score awarded in the Key Stage 2 tests for Reading, SPAG and Maths.

Cornerstones Curriculum
Copley Junior remains firmly committed to continuing with the implementation of our successful Cornerstones Curriculum. This thematic approach to learning is mapped to the new Primary National Curriculum to ensure coverage of national expectations. This provides a rich menu of exciting and motivating learning activities that make creative links between all aspects of our children’s learning.

The Cornerstones Curriculum provides lots of learning challenges throughout the academic year that require children to solve problems, apply themselves creatively and express their knowledge and understanding effectively across the curriculum.

Major Changes to the Curriculum
The following information outlines the major changes to subject areas within the curriculum:


  • Stronger emphasis on vocabulary development, grammar, punctuation and spelling (for example, the use of commas and apostrophes will be taught in KS1).
  • Reading is at the core of the whole curriculum with a big emphasis on reading for pleasure both at home and at school.
  • Handwriting is expected to be fluent, legible and speedy.
  • Spoken English is given greater emphasis, with children being taught debating and presentation skills.


  • Simple fractions (1/4 and 1/2 ) will be taught from Key Stage 1 and, by the end of primary school, children should be able to convert decimal fractions to simple fractions (e.g. 0.375 = 3/8).By the age of nine, children will be expected to know times tables up to 12×12.
  • Calculators will not be introduced until near the end of Key Stage 2, to encourage mental arithmetic.
  • The ability to solve mathematical problems is a key skill which runs through all strands of the new primary curriculum.

Children will be taught formal written strategies of vertical long multiplication and long division when they are secure with the standard written methods we currently teach.


  • There will be a strong focus on scientific knowledge and language, rather than understanding the nature and methods of science in abstract terms.
  • Evolution will be taught in primary schools for the first time.
  • Non-core subjects like caring for animals have been replaced by topics like the human circulatory system.


  • Computing replaces Information and Communication Technology (ICT), with a greater focus on programming rather than on operating programs.
  • From age five, children will learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data.
  • From seven, they will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet.

Design and Technology

  • Design and Technology has become more important in the new curriculum, setting children on the path to becoming the designers and engineers of the future.
  • There will be more sophisticated use of design equipment such as electronics and robotics.
  • In KS2, children will learn about how key events and individuals in design and technology have shaped the world.
  • Greater emphasis on cookery with a focus on savoury dishes.


  • Greater use of atlases and maps including O/S maps and digital maps.
  • Children are expected to know and locate countries, capitals, major cities, mountains and rivers.
  • In depth studies of a European, North/South American country and a region of the British Isles are required.


  • Greater emphasis on British History taught in chronological order from Stone Age to 1066.


  • The term Languages will replace the term modern foreign languages.
  • Currently not statutory, a modern foreign language or ancient language such as Latin or Greek will be mandatory in KS2.
  • Children will be expected to master basic grammar and accurate pronunciation and to converse, present, read and write in the language.

Physical Education (PE), Music, Art and Design, Religious Education (RE)

  • The study of these subjects remains largely unchanged.

Our Curriculum Leaflets for each Year are available for you to view and download.