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Changes to the English Curriculum

Changes to the English Curriculum: Year 1

At a glance:

What’s gone?

What’s been added?

  • Requirement to write non-narrative texts
  • Chronological & non-chronological texts
  • Typing skills














     
  •  Reading of phonically-suitable texts
  • Reading words with contractions
  • Reading words with regular endings
  • Making inferences from texts
  • Learning and reciting poetry
  • Re-reading own writing to check for sense
  • Using capital letters for proper nouns
  • Name the letters of the alphabet
  • Spell the names of the days of the week
  • Adopt a suitable writing position
  • Form capital letters and digits 0-9
  • Practise handwriting letter ‘families’

 

Changes to the English Curriculum: Year 2

At a glance:

What’s gone?

What’s been added?

  • Specific mention of groupwork and discussion
  • Use of syntax & context for reading unfamiliar vocabulary
  • Use of different presentational features
  • Word processing

 

 

 

 

  • Sooner use of phonics without overt blending
  • Contemporary & classic poetry
  • Reciting poetry
  • Evaluating & proof-reading own writing
  • Increased use of subordination
  • Higher expectations of spelling, including from dictation
  • Required introduction of joined writing

 

 

 

Note that the new curriculum has Years 3 and 4 combined in one programme of study

Changes to the English Curriculum: Year 3

At a glance:

What’s gone?

What’s been added?

  • Identifying presentational features of
  • broadcast texts
  • Explicit mentions of drama (except performing scripts)
  • Use of layout, graphics & font for presentation
  • Keyboard/typing skills

 

  • Recognise different forms of poetry
  • Prepare poetry for performance
  • Using fronted adverbials
  • Increased requirements for spelling & grammar
  • Evaluate, edit & proof-read own writing


Changes to the English Curriculum: Year 4

At a glance:

What’s gone?

What’s been added?

  • Identifying presentational features of broadcast texts
  • Explicit mentions of drama (except performing scripts)
  • Explaining why writers write
  • Keyboard/typing skills
     
  • Recognise different forms of poetry
  • Prepare poetry for performance
  • Using fronted adverbials
  • Increased requirements for spelling & grammar
  • Evaluate, edit & proof-read own writing

Note that the new curriculum has Years 5 and 6 combined in one programme of study

Changes to the English Curriculum: Year 5

At a glance:

What’s gone?

What’s been added?

  • Specific mention of working in groups
  • Specific mention of dramatic skills
  • Creating multi-layered texts


     
  • Preparing poetry for performance
  • Learning poems by heart
  • Formal presentations about reading
  • Précising long passages of writing
  • Greatly detailed grammar specifics
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