The new national curriculum will begin to be implemented in September 2014. Ahead of the changes, TES Connect has put together this short guide to what’s changing for primary teachers, along with some resources to help you make the transition.


General changes


-          Many topics have been renamed or split out into component parts

-          There is one new topic area introduced at Key Stage 1: seasonal changes

-          Two new topic areas have been introduced at Key Stage 2: rocks and evolution and inheritance

-          Some aspects of the curriculum that were previously studied at KS1 have been moved to KS2

-          The working scientifically section in both key stages has a focus on practical and hands-on science, including the use of simple equipment to carry out basic experiments.

-          Progression is shown year-by-year – but as a guide only. It will be for teachers to set out their year-by-year approach in their school curriculum.


Changes in detail – Key Stage 1


-          “Scientific enquiry” has been renamed as “Working scientifically”.

-           “Life processes and living things” has been split into three parts: “Animals including humans”, “Plants” and “Living things and their habitats”.

-          “Materials and their properties” has been split into two parts: “Everyday materials” and “Uses of everyday materials”.

-          Overall, there is a greater focus on animals, animal habitats, food chains and trees; several elements of the KS2 curriculum on these topics have been moved to KS1.

-          Several elements of the previous curriculum have been moved to KS2 – see below for details.


Changes in detail – Key Stage 2


-          Learning about “fair and unfair tests”, previously studied at KS1, has been moved to KS2.

-          KS2 students will also study heating and cooling, which has also been moved from the KS1 curriculum.

-          “Physical processes”, previously studied at KS1, has been moved to KS2 and split into six parts: “Electricity”, “Forces and magnets”, “Forces”, “Light”, “Sound” and “Earth and space”.

-          New learning objectives have been added on pitch and volume of sound; the movement of planets in our solar system, including the Moon; how light travels; the patterns of shadows; the human digestive system and nutrition for animals and humans.


Helpful resources