Lessons overhaul will transform education for 7-11 year olds
THE introduction of compulsory foreign language lessons for seven to 11-year-olds is part of an overhaul of the national curriculum.
From September 2014, primary schools will be expected to offer either French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin or the classical languages of Latin or ancient Greek.
The Government hopes it will encourage more young people to continue with languages to GCSE, A-level and beyond.
At the moment, English pupils languish at the bottom of European league tables for language learning.
The revamped primary curriculum also includes changes to core subjects.
By the age of seven, pupils will be expected to know 'number bonds' up to 20. These bonds are simple additions and subtractions, such as 9+9=18 or 16-7+9.
By age nine, youngsters should have mastered their times tables up to 12 x 12.
There will be a fresh focus on spelling, with a list of words all children should be able to spell by the time they leave primary school.
Grammar will also have a higher profile. It will include pupils being able to use apostrophes correctly.
Children will also be expected to recite poetry and take part in debates and presentations.
There will be a greater focus on acquiring scientific knowledge, with new content on the solar system, speed and evolution.
Pupils will also study more practical scientific experiments.