Tougher Maths for Young Pupils

Tougher Maths for Young Pupils

In an attempt to put England’s primary and secondary education on par with the world’s top-performing countries, David Cameron has unveiled yesterday sweeping reforms starting in September 2014. Children as young as five will be taught fractions, times tables and mental arithmetic as part of a tough new national curriculum designed to drive up standards in schools. This series of changes included in the maths curriculum places greater emphasis on the basics at an early age to prepare pupils for more challenging subjects at later stages.

Here are the changes:

In the first year of school, pupils will now be expected

  • To read and write numbers up to 100
  • Count in multiples of ones, twos, fives and tens.
  • Learn by heart a series of simple sums using additions and subtractions
  • Introduced to basic fractions such as ½ and ¼ (Normally taught between 7-11 yrs old)

Requirement to learn 12 times tables by the age of 9 (Currently the requirement is to learn up to 10 times tables by the age of 11)

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