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Primary Curriculum Review

10 December 2008

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Times Front Page Leader: 8th December 2008

Traditional subjects go in schools shake up


Sir Jim Rose published his report of the Primary Curriculum Review on Monday 8th December and computer based learning is at the centre of the review alongside recommendations in relation to the value of a cross curricula approach.  

Key Points included within the report

  • Primary school curriculum is based on 19th century ideals and is too restrictive.
  • Our job is to prepare children so that they can access information and knowledge in the modern world and apply it, and support their own learning
  • Children should be taught how to use and interpret information from the internet in a way that will allow them to develop their own original ideas
  • Kids like it, computers enthuse them to learn
  • There is an emerging body of evidence that, used widely, online learning an boost achievement
  • Information Technology classes will be given as much prominence as literacy and numeracy
  • Traditional subjects will be combined into themed learning and more practical and applied teaching will be applied to help pupils make use of their knowledge in real-life situations
  • Traditional subjects should be taught in a different way to make more relevant to children
  • Children should learn more practical skills for everyday life
  • Children are so computer literate they should be taught technology at a much earlier with skills usually taught in secondary school beginning in primary school
  • The suggested curriculum is in six learning areas:

o Understanding English, communication and languages

o Mathematical understanding

o Scientific and technological understanding

o Human, social and environmental understanding

o Understanding physical health and well-being

o Understanding Art and Design

  • Children need to be able to apply the six learning areas across subjects

The leader in the same paper yesterday seemed to be against the recommendations but surely good use of computing is a great way to energise learning and promote team work and where this is linked to real activity, all kinds of skills can be developed instinctively including creativity, thinking, reasoning, lanuge, communication and problem solving skills. This powerful combination will encourage children to gain and retain a better understanding of concepts and demonstrate knowledge, improving their performance across the curriculum.  

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Look also at Cambridge University independent Primary Review