It recommends that the new primary curriculum should be reorganised into six areas of learning:
- understanding English, communication and languages;
- mathematical understanding;
- understanding the arts;
- historical, geographical and social understanding;
- understanding physical development, health and wellbeing;
- scientific and technological understanding
While early reports suggested that pupils would be taught about using Twitter and Wikipedia – the reality is that ICT will be embedded within the curriculum, with an emphasis on ICT use in all subjects, as well as teaching pupils about e-safety.
The overall emphasis is on slimming down the prescriptive nature of the current curriculum, with more cross-curricular studies aimed at making the most of good quality subject teaching – as stated by Sir Jim Rose on the Today Programme this morning.
A public consultation on the recommended programmes of study and guidance will be led by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA).
Find out more about the review from the accompanying press release on the DCSF website, the Executive summary and recommendations of the report itself and explore examples of cross-curricular teaching at Teachers TV.